After the Wildfire: Lions in Australia Provide Supplies and Hope to Victims
During this month’s convention, we recognized Lions in Australia for their response to the wildfires that devastated the State of Victoria. In February of 2009, a combination of scorching 115 degree heat, 60 mph winds and a humidity level of 6% ignited fires that burned more than 1.1 million acres of land.
Fire destroyed the community of Marysville in 26 minutes. A massive heat wave and ferocious wall of flames consumed more than 400 buildings, taking 39 lives. And leaving those who survived with nothing.
In District 5, our members created a relief distribution center, where volunteers sorted, boxed and loaded donated goods. The Lions Warehouse became the epicenter of activity – and a place of hope for victims.
What types of disaster relief efforts has your club participated in? Leave a comment to let us know.