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Lions back pool project with big donation
July 13th, 2016
[by David Armstrong]
Lions president Mike Brown (left) presents the $15,000 cheque to Pool committee chairman Fred Hickling
The Motueka Lions have provided the biggest boost yet to the project to build a local covered swimming pool, with a donation this week of $15,000.
And such is their strong belief in the value and benefit of providing a covered community pool that they have promised there will be considerably more to come.
"The Lions felt the project was something that needed serious sponsorship, and we decided to kick it off with this donation, and more to come," said Motueka Lions President Mike Brown.
The money came from a variety of fundraising activities undertaken by Lions, including the upcoming home delivery fertiliser drive.
"We wanted to inject this money early in the project to show the community we're well and truly into it, and to encourage others to help too with their contributions.
"Given the recent backing by Lotteries to fund the full feasibility study, we're confident the pool project will now be completed."
Enclosing and heating the Motueka High School pool and adding facilities for the public including separate changing rooms will be of huge benefit to the surrounding community, he said.
"Lions see this as an opportunity to keep fit. We are all getting older, and such a facility will be great for older people as well as the younger ones.
"For most of us, going to Richmond for swimming is too difficult or expensive, and there are not that many other ways to exercise regularly during the colder months.
"The Lions are behind projects that improve local facilities, and this will be a great local amenity, providing heaps of benefits to us all. I say, let's make it happen!"
In accepting the $15,000 cheque, Fred Hickling, chairman of the Good Sports Motueka pool committee, said the donation is another milestone moment for the fundraising project.
"We are very grateful to the Motueka Lions for stepping up and showing their belief in the cause," he said.
"We hear from many people who are supportive of the project but who are still wary about making their donation. Knowing that the Lions have stepped up will give them confidence to get their chequebooks out."
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