YOUTH will be a key area the new president of Adur East Lions will be aiming to promote.
Susan Saunders took over the role on Monday from Lion Chris Hillard, following a changeover social at Adur Indoor Bowling Club on Friday.
Her role as secretary has been taken over by Colin Burt.
She said she had a particular interest in youth and was keen to promote the Lions’ various youth projects.
“I know it is a bit of a cliche that young people are our future, but they are. I would welcome having more involvement from young people in the club.”
Adur East Lions recently adopted Adur Special Needs Project as a youth club.
“We can adopt more than one youth club, so people can get in touch if they are interested,” added Susan.
“It could be a reciprocal thing, they could help us on events such as the Donkey Derby and we could help them with funding.”
This year’s Donkey Derby, held on June 16, raised £3,000 and some of that was donated to the groups that helped, for example the Scouts who put up the tents.
Susan will also be promoting the Lions Lifeskills resources, which help schools address health and wellbeing of young people.
The Lions help older members of the community, too, such as funding a new kitchen at Glebelands Day Centre, in Middle Road, Shoreham, to help people with dementia.
The club, which covers Shoreham, Southwick and Fishersgate, has 18 members and new members are always welcome.
“People think you have to be older and retired but you don’t,” said Susan.
“Everyone can bring something and you don’t have to attend every meeting.
“If people don’t really want to get involved but do want to support us, they can join the Lions Supporters (200) Club for £20 a month and stand the chance to win cash prizes.”
Susan and her partner Maurice Allen are planning a fundraising cycle at Easter, pedalling 383 miles from St Austell to Dover, with support from Lions along the way.
“We did part of the route last year and raised £2,000, so we would like to beat that,” she said. “We are aiming to do it over two weeks, with a day’s rest in Shoreham.”
They will be raising money for Libra, the Lions International Blood Research Appeal, towards equipment for the haemotology department at King’s College Hospital in London.
For more information about the club visit www.facebook.com/AdurEastLionsClub or call 0845 8337356.