Partnership between Lions and Fresh Start promotes volunteering

A team effort: The Northam Lions Club and Fresh Start Recovery Program have teamed up to benefit the greater good. Photo: Eliza Wynn.
A team effort: The Northam Lions Club and Fresh Start Recovery Program have teamed up to benefit the greater good. Photo: Eliza Wynn.

The Northam Lions Club and Fresh Start Recovery Program are proving how working together can benefit everyone.

The two organisations have teamed up over the past few years during the Avon Descent weekend, with Fresh Start clients providing security for the vessels overnight on behalf of the Lions.

As a result of the teamwork the Lions have passed on funds given by the Northam Avon Descent Committee to the rehabilitation program.

Lions Club members Graham and El Rewell and Garry Host presented the group of men a cheque last week for their volunteer contribution.

Mrs Rewell said the partnership encompassed the shared values of both groups.

"Northam Lions Club are so fortunate to receive the valuable help from the young men from Fresh Start Northam," she said.

"The Lions Club have been involved with Avon Descent for 40-plus years, and in the past three years have been grateful of the help and manpower provided upon request, from this group.

"We find these young men honest and always ready to help with the job that we undertaken every year, and it is a credit to this group who continue to contribute their help upon our request.

"These men join some of our members who also worked long hours from Friday evening through to Saturday morning, and then helped with the clean up.

"We are truly grateful and this is why we donate funds to this group to help with their everyday venture that they are experiencing.

"We give our thanks, value their help, and stand by our motto - 'to serve our community'."

Fresh Start Recovery Centre general manager David Gunter said the partnership brought more than just money to the organisation.

"Our guys always enjoy volunteering and working alongside the Lions Club members. They get a lot of wisdom from the members and generally enjoy the mentorship," he said.

"The Lions Club ethos and values around serving is in line with our philosophy of promoting our clients being involved and giving back to community as part of their rehabilitation program."