Keynsham Lions take action to help recovery in cyclone-hit Vanuatu

Published on: 17 Mar 2015

Fundraisers in Keynsham are hoping to help people living in Vanuatu in the South Pacific to rebuild their lives after a devastating cyclone destroyed towns and villages across the islands.

The country's leaders have appealed for aid after Cyclone Pam hit at the weekend, bringing 300km an hour winds that wrecked homes and infrastructure as well as claiming lives.

In the wake of the disaster, Keynsham Lions will be out with their collection buckets this weekend, Saturday, March 21, to raise much-needed cash to help recovery efforts.

Lions Club spokesman Lion Alan Hale said: "While we are a local club we are part of Lions Clubs International and where there are disasters such as Vanuatu, those affected are very much our neighbours. We know that the people of Keynsham are always very generous in supporting our efforts to send relief to disaster areas. The club is most grateful to both Tesco and Waitrose who have without hesitation offered their entrances as a place to collect."

The Lions will be collecting donations between 9am and 1.30pm at Keynsham's Tesco and Waitrose stores, with 100 per cent of the money raised going to Lions members on the ground in Vanuatu through the Lions Clubs International Foundation to spend where it is most needed.

Keynsham President Lion Harry Smith said: "I believe that the local community trust and respect our efforts secure in the knowledge that as Lions we take no administrative top slice from money collected. The running of our club and our worldwide organisation comes entirely from our subs."

Anyone interested in learning more about the Keynsham Lions Club or who is considering joining can contact the club on 0845 8339817 (local rates apply) for an informal chat or can visit their website at

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