When disaster strikes, Lions volunteers are amongst the first to offer relief and that’s exactly what is happening right now in the Northern Territory.
Last Sunday, the small town of Tennant Creek lost its only supermarket in a fire. With the next supermarket over 500 kilometres away in Alice Springs, this meant many in the community did not have access to food and essential items.
News travelled fast, and by Tuesday morning, a current and a past District Governor both contacted the Tennant Creek Lions Club and arranged for swift acquisition of relief funding which provided a $10,000 grant from Australian Lions Foundation and $3000 of emergency funding from Lions Clubs International Foundation.
The Lions volunteers on the ground are using the funds to purchase supplies from their local butcher and wholesalers in Alice Springs to prepare nutritious meal packs for local residents. Over 2000 meals have already been distributed to members of the community.