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Pontefract Lioness Club held a presentation evening on Tuesday 27th March 2012 and were joined by guests from local Lions Clubs as well as the organisations and individuals they have helped.
Steve Peace of Able 2 Pontefract Special Olympics started by explaining the history of their organisation and how they fitted into the Special Olympics GB. He then went on to explain that he had first come across the Lionesses when they helped to marshal at the Kurling Championships just over a year ago and that since then we had worked together on a number of occasions including the Lions Fun & Disabled Sports Day and the more recent kurling events. Although their group has only been in operation for just over 3 years Able 2 Pontefract have an enthusiastic membership and compete in a wide range of sports including swimming, equestrian, boccia, kurling, athletics and table tennis.
Max Bradley of the Live at Home Scheme then gave a short presentation about the organisation and explained how the Lionesses have helped them not only financially but also as committee members and volunteers working with the elderly both on a one to one basis and also providing transport and refreshments at social events etc.
Mel Millard, Head coach of Jesters Sports Acro went on to explain that she was thrilled when someone had suggested to her that the Lioness club may be able to help them to purchase a new springboard for the Club which they were in desperate need of but their limitation of funds was making it difficult for them to afford it. When the Lionesses were approached they immediately contacted Castleford & Pontefract District Lions and Featherstone Lions and between the three Clubs we were able to provide the full amount of funding required so the spring board could be purchased ready for the start of the summer season when the Club will be out and about doing various displays. This was enhanced by the young gymnasts themselves who asked if they could say a few words and not only thanked us for our support but also publicly thanked the coaches for all their hard work in building up the Club and encouraging the young people to attend classes regularly, keeping them off the streets and giving them something to aim for.
The final presentation of the evening came from Kira Weston, a student at Askham Bryan College York. Kira is studying Animal Management and has been given the opportunity to go to South Africa for 12 weeks as part of her studies but this gave her one major challenge. . . to fund this she has to raise £6,500! Kira has wanted to work with animals from being 8 years old and is particularly interested in falconry, so much so she now owns two owls and regularly shows off her skills at local events include exhibition days at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. To date Kira has raised over £3,000 by holding regular food evenings, tombolas, falconry displays and throughout the Christmas Period both she and her mum supported the Lionesses by helping with our Santas Grotto and we are pleased to say this has resulted in at least one new member for our Club!
Lioness President Alison made the following presentations to the above:
Able 2 Pontefract - Cheque for £500.00
Pontefract Live at Home Scheme - Cheque for £300.00
Jesters Sports Acro - SpringBoard **
Kira Weston - Rucksack, Sleeping Bag and Water Bottle
The spring board was a joint presentation with Lion President’s Arnie Morgan of Featherstone and Keith smalley of Castleford & Pontefract District.