Machars Lions in bumper cash handout

LAST week the Machars Lions handed out their largest ever set of donations in a ceremony in the Monreith Arms, Port William.

The proceeds of their 17th Annual Golf Tournament raised a staggering £2200, mostly thanks to the generosity of local businesses who always rally round this event. The idea for this event was brought from Montego Bay (Jamaica) Lions when the late Ian Mason transferred to the Machars in the 1990’s. The Lions then topped up the amount with a further £1800 of their fundraising from the regular and popular Monday and Friday evening Cash Bingo sessions.

Each Lion is allowed to nominate beneficiaries and, on the evening representatives of the eclectic mix of 22 recipients each gave a brief description of their work.

Lion Annie Murray nominated Wigtown Cancer Support Group, represented by Anne Kelly, and Whithorn Good Will Fund, Hazel Murphy.

The late Lion George Murray had nominated Port William First Response Team, Murray Morland, Port William Surgery, Ethel Vance, and Port William Playgroup, Shonag Thompson.

Lion Neil Martin, Newton Stewart Hospital, Michelle McCauley and Newton Stewart Red Cross, Tom & Alistair McKay.

Lion Adam Martin, Order of St John, Liz Hamilton and Crossroads, Jennifer Brodie and Rose Christie.

Lion Jim Adams, The Merrick Practice, Dr Sandra Sutherland and Kirkinner Primary School, Mr. Peden

Lion Stuart McHarg, ARC Newton Stewart, Jane Whannel and Galloway Mountain Rescue, Mike McCann

Lion Mary McKie, McMillan Nurses, Murray Irvine and William McMiken, Emma Louise Dance School, Emma Barrass and Cats Protection, Creetown, Lorraine Evans

Lion Dougie Williams, Whithorn Primary School, Norman Hughes and Whithorn Girl Guides, Elaine Harrison

Lion Mark Colley, Wigtown Charity Shop, Jessie Thomson and Monreith Animal World, Paula Brown

Lion Brian Heaney, Riding for the Disabled, Gordon and Christian Tillyer and Newton Stewart Befriending Project, Fiona Jessiman.

Lions International is the largest public service organisation in the world and the Machars branch meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Monreith Arms in Port William, new members are always welcome and anyone interested should contact the secretary, Brian Heaney.