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Monday, 3 March 2014
Page: 1471

Mrs ANDREWS (McPherson) (16:01): I rise to speak about one of the fantastic community organisations in my electorate in McPherson, the Robina Lions, who recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. Twenty-five years of service to the community is an outstanding achievement, and I congratulate and thank Robina Lions Club and its members for all the wonderful work that they have done and continue to do for our community.

Over the past 25 years Robina Lions have raised almost $2 million, supported many individuals and groups internationally, nationally and locally, including those with special needs, autism, vision impairment, cancer and children in need, and they have contributed greatly to medical research.

Robina Lions are always there to lend a hand at events such as the Robina triathlon, the Gold Coast Marathon, the football, the pet and animal expo and many others. I cannot thank them enough for their support of local citizenship ceremonies.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the first charter president of the club, Toula Singer, who continues to be a very active member of the club. In the time that I have been a member of the Robina Lions Club, there have been three presidents, each of whom have been outstanding: Heather Veltmeyer, John McIntyre and the current president John Clark, who, along with office bearers, secretary Heather Veltmeyer and treasurer Les Thirlwall, have done an absolutely fabulous job for the community. I congratulate all the past presidents and members of the Robina Lions Club over the past 25 years, and I say thank you.