CAUSE TO CELEBRATE: Whitsunday Lions is one of the 10 top club donors in the world.
CAUSE TO CELEBRATE: Whitsunday Lions is one of the 10 top club donors in the world.

International pride

THE Whitsunday Lions roar so loudly it echoes across the universe.

They have made a name for themselves not only in Australia but on the international radar too - placing in the top 10 club donors for 2014-15.

Up there with the likes of Hoor in Sweden, Krems Donau in Austria, Mijas in Spain, Sapporo in Japan and Valenza in Italy, our local club members were feeling pretty chuffed with themselves at Wednesday's meeting.

As of April this year, Lions Club International had more than 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members in more than 200 countries.

Yet it was a little club in the Whitsundays that managed to nab the international spotlight.

The local club raised $22,000 in the past year, primarily from the Lion's Airlie Beach Community and Cruise Ship markets.

This money was sent to organisations around the world - $10,000 to Nepal, $5000 to Vanuatu, $5000 to World Child Eye Health and $2000 to WHO Measles (World Health Organisation).

Outgoing president Bill Harrison said it was a testament to the courageous Lions spirit and ongoing community support. Just recently the weekend markets saw a record number of 188 stalls.

The club is always on the hunt for new members, so if you are interested, email whit sundaylions@gmail.com or phone 0409 273 047.