TOP EFFORT: The award winning Whitsunday Lions Club are in the top 10 best performing clubs in the world.
TOP EFFORT: The award winning Whitsunday Lions Club are in the top 10 best performing clubs in the world.

Lions awarded for fundraising effort

THERE are 45,000 Lions clubs worldwide, and the Whitsunday Lions Club is officially in the top 10 performing clubs.

Whitsunday Lions Club members recently attended an awards dinner in Cairns, where the club won four awards, including the Lions International Clubs Award for 2014-15 for being in the top five clubs for donations made in its constitutional area, which includes Indonesia, New Zealand, the islands of the South Pacific, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Other awards the club received were the 201Q2 Top Lions Club Award, the Hardest Working Lions Club in the District and Top Lions Club Secretary Award.

Whitsunday Lions president Betty Wilson said the members were thrilled with their wins, and that all 26 members were to credit for the club's success.

"We donated over $107,000 last year to local causes - 85% of our money raised goes local, the rest goes overseas as disaster relief. We're donating money soon to Afghanistan following their recent catastrophic earthquake," she said.

Ms Wilson said the Rotary Lions Markets in Airlie beach is the club's primary source of fundraising and she commended all the stallholders and volunteers involved.

"We hold almost 100 markets a year - 50 Saturday markets and about 40 cruise ship markets, which turns out the money we can put back into the community."

There are 1.4 million Lions worldwide and the Whitsunday Lions Club is always welcoming new members.

"We have one of the best clubs in the world and one of the hardest working. We volunteer up to 4000 hours a year and we have a lot of fun while doing it," Ms Wilson said.

"We have a big presence in the community."

Whitsunday Lions Club meets every second and every last Wednesday of the month.