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Newcastle Lions Club annual appeal for recycling items for Africa underway.

On Saturday 13th May between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm ,Newcastle Lions Club will hold their annual recycling appeal to help people in Africa. Through the great generosity of the owner Daniel Mc Cann, the drop off point for the collection will be at Mc Cann's Fish & Chip Shop Main Street Newcastle. The Lions wish to stress that under no circumstances ,nothing is left at Mc Cann's until the Saturday of the collection. As in previous years, the Lions are looking for, good or broken tools such as saws, hammers or spades. Sewing machines both treadle and electrical and adult bicycles, rusty or good. Newcastle Lions are already running a fantastic recycling programme for used spectacles, if you wish you can leave these also.

The Lions have been thrilled to hear about the fantastic work of the Downpatrick based Tools for Solidarity. As part of the Lions annual collection , tools and sewing machines are despatched to TFS. Today the group has two volunteers, John and Sofia working in Tanzania. They are, helping to train students how to use a sewing machine so that they then can become self sufficient . Downpatrick and Belfast TFS have three training centres in Iringa, Mwanza and Njombe Tanzania. In December 2022 , TFS sent out a container of sewing machines and tool kits to Iringa. In Tanzania TFS volunteers are also providing vocational training for people with a disability . As part of this project those with a disability will receive, training ,tools or a sewing machine and some small capital to start their own business. If you have a sewing machine but are unable to bring it to Newcastle, please contact the Lions on 07725725932 for collection.

Newcastle Lions members, Marian Mc Greevy and Lion President Liz Murphy with Teresa Mc Cann and Daniel Mc Cann and lions Robin Mc Caren, Terry O'Reilly and Dan O'Reilly display some of the items the Lions hope will be donated on Saturday 13th May at the drop off point at Mc Cann's Fish & Chip shop.

Sewing machines donated previously from County Down now being used to help families in the Njombe village South Tanzania.

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