Lions present stamps at national conference

KIND DONATION: Sue Parkinson, Robert Birch and stamp club secretary Ross Paine celebrate a significant donation.

THE Lions Club of Mount Gambier presented 17 kilograms of trimmed, used and mint stamps to the Lions Australia Stamp Club during the recent National Convention in Canberra.

The collection is an ongoing project of the local club, with proceeds raised from stamp auctions donated to the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation.

Around 152,000 stamps formed the latest donation, which was put forward by stamp club members Ross Paine and Robert Birch.

Secretary Ross Paine said after sorting into saleable lots, the stamps are sent to the Sydney-based Philas Auctions for auction.

“Every cent raised is then donated to the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation to assist with the purchase of walking frames and assistance equipment for children born with cerebral palsy,” Mr Paine said.

“Since the project commenced 15 years ago we have handed over more than $267,000 for (the foundation).”

The foundation received a record $66,500 donation at the recent convention, taking the program’s contribution to $167,000 over the last three years.

Limestone Coast residents are encouraged to consider donating their unwanted stamps to the club in support of the national initiative.