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Markham Lions Club serving the community

The Markham Lions Club was busy selling fireworks during the Canada Day long weekend to raise money for projects that serve the community.

Three of its members and volunteers share their thoughts.

Jim Doak, who joined the Markham Lions Club in 2008, explained that the club depends on fundraisers to support service activities such as sponsoring Valediction awards at three Markham high schools.

When asked why he likes to volunteer, he explained that, as he approached retirement, he felt it was time to give back to the community. For Doak, it was unusual to work in a city or town and not get involved in activities that enrich it. Since joining the Markham Lions Club, he has found it fascinating to meet people from many different walks of life who live nearby. “I like the fact that we do things together,” Doak said. He recalled the Markham Fair and that the Lions sell decent food at a reasonable price.

Kelly Ludlow has been with the Markham Lions Club for eight years. He said that selling fireworks has been a long-standing tradition on both Victoria Day and Canada Day. Ludlow enjoys the camaraderie of the club members as they volunteer to staff the sales tent. He says that they have fun. For example, he wore a Canadian flag cape while volunteering on Canada Day and enjoyed putting a smile on people’s faces.

Bill Dewberry has been volunteering with the Lions for fifty-four years. He joined the Markham Lions club in 2006 and had served in the Unionville club for 23 years before that. As his family moved, he transferred to closer clubs. Dewberry said they had been selling fireworks in the Markham Community Centre parking lot for several years. The funds support various projects such as service dogs, B.B.Q. for residents at Markhaven Home for Seniors, providing lunch on St. Patrick’s Day at Cedarcrest Manor, helping those less fortunate and handing out over 2000 pieces of candy to children during the Santa Claus parade.

When asked why he has stayed with the Lions Club for so many years, he replied, “Community. To do something where I live.”

The Markham Lions Club serves the community and the greater community, including the country and the world, through Lions International. Canada Day is an opportunity to have fun while raising money to fund important services in Markham.

 

*Story and photo submitted by Andrew Fuyarchuk.

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