Our Club President 2020/2021
Many congratulations to Lion Sarah who was inaugurated as our Club President for the 12 months, effective on 1st July 2020. As we cannot physically meet socially because of Covid-19 we held a 'virtual' handover and Sarah and our outgoing President Lion Dave Ebsworth met in the open air to handover the chain of office, suitably social distanced.
Our Club President 2019 / 2020
A message from our outgoing Cub President, Lion Dave 'Ebbo' Ebsworth
" As I come to the end of my year as President of the Lions Club of Reading, I want to say a very big 'thank you' to you for your support in volunteering to help the Lions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In April this year, a month into 'lockdown' found us facing some unprecedented challenges as a charity. Like thousands of others, we have been unable to carry out our usual fundraising activities, but we felt we couldn't just stand by and watch our local community struggle, especially as so many needed our support. After some discussion we came up with the idea of using our Christmas float to try and gather food donations to give to our local food banks as we knew they were in desperate need.
We adorned our float with rainbows and banners and then once a week we decided to go round some of the usual Christmas routes we do in December, hoping to collect food for the homeless that we could donate to our local food banks. Originally we thought we would try this for a couple of weeks, not knowing how successful it would be or how we would be able to manage the logistics of such an event with social distancing etc. However, we were overwhelmed by the support the first week, it was incredible!
Not only that, we have been able to carry on with our weekly collections in and around Reading, putting leaflets through doors on the route we are going to take the following week and posting on various social media platforms. This has been a huge success and as I write this, we have completed seven food collections in and around Reading collecting in excess of £15,000 of food to donate to our local food banks. We are currently supporting three local charities, New Beginnings, CCA Whitley and Readifood, who are extremely grateful for our support as the need for their services has increased dramatically over the last few months and continues to do so.
We have also been grateful for the help from our local community, who have pulled together to make this possible. In addition to our members, volunteers have come forward to help deliver leaflets, be a food donation point, collect food donations, help sort the food donations after the collection rounds and then deliver them to the respective charities. Our local community has been so generous, giving us much needed food week in, week out. We have also had support from local businesses such as Waitrose and Zottadeli, for which we have been very thankful."
Best wishes, Lion Dave Ebsworth.
Our Club President - 2018/2019
A few words from our Lion Paul Gibbons:
"June 2018 was the 100 year’s anniversary since the start of Lions clubs across the world. It is a great honour to be President of the Reading Lions as we commence our next 100 years.
Last year we raised over £34,000 through fundraising and donations, much of which has been used hear in Reading’s local community. In particular, our Prostate Awareness event held in May where over 2,400 men had a free PSA blood test, was our most well attended to date.
This year our aim is to continue with the fundraising events such as our Fireworks, Tribute Night and Santa’s Sleigh. In order to continue to be a successful club of dedicated people, who all give their time for free, I want to increase our presence both in the local and online communities, and strive to increase our Lions numbers to reflect our local community and to sustain this successful club into the future, whilst having fun."
Lion President Paul Gibbons - July 2018.