On the eve of making a great step forward with their Respite Centre Project, Kiama Lions are organising their biennial Kiama Race Day to raise funds for this and their long-standing Cancer Care Fund, which helps with the financial strain of dealing with cancer.
“Our Respite Centre Project is to convert a disused cottage on Shoalhaven Street into a respite house with emphasis on giving carers a break by the sea,” says Lion Jerry Granger-Holcombe.
“Too often carers give up promising careers and put their lives on hold to care for someone they love who is chronically ill. They are often the forgotten ones.”
Kiama Lions, with support from Minnamurra and Gerringong Lions, is set to start preparatory work this month.
“We must first erect a construction site fence, then we will clear the site of accumulated rubbish, clear or cut back vegetation with the help of Burnetts on Barney, demolish the old garage and then clear any asbestos,” explains Jerry.
“We estimate it will cost about $150,000 to complete the task, and have already received a $40,000 grant from the NSW Government. We need fundraisers like the Race Day to assist with the rest of the costs.
“A sign will soon be erected outside the cottage to acknowledge the generosity of the many sponsors who have already contributed funds, materials and expertise.”
The Race Day at Kembla Grange, on 1 April, will feature races sponsored by local organisations on behalf of the Lions Club, including Kiama Council and Kiama Leagues Club.
“It is always a great day out, and a chance for Kiama to enjoy a day at the Races together,” says Jerry.
Kiama Lions are selling tickets to the Bert Lillye Lounge and the VIP enclosure (adjacent to the saddling enclosure and finish line) for $85 including free drinks and food.
“We’ll also be holding competitions, fashion prizes and raffles to help with the fundraising and add to the fun,” says Jerry.
In addition to the VIP opportunity provided by Lions, the Racecourse has donated 2000 free tickets to the general public enclosure for anyone who lives in the Kiama Municipality.
These are available from Council and a number of other centrally located businesses around town.
Details: Tickets $85 in tables of10 from Clive 0409 047 981 or Ian 0417 692 289 or see the Kiama Lions Facebook page or website. Groups of less than 10 will be accommodated with others.