The Singleton Lions Club has made national headlines after the local contingent was crowned as the winner of the ‘Australia’s Biggest BBQ’ fundraising initiative.
The campaign sees over 1200 clubs across the country raise funds for the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation’s mission to prevent kids with cancer dying.
The donated funds are then designated by the foundation to the best scientific and clinical childhood cancer research conducted right across Australia.
“We raised $800 which was well over the amount to qualify for the initiative,” Lions’ Zone Chairman Mick McCrone explained.
“All the clubs which had raised the required amount were drawn into a raffle and then Singleton was called out as the winner.”
Singleton Lions president Phil Walton admits the announcement came as a pleasant surprise.
“My wife received the phone call and I was gobsmacked when I found out we won,” he recalled.
“To win a 2000 dollar plus prize was incredible and now we’re actually going to keep it ourselves and keep it for a big end of year raffle prize so keep your eye out for our next major raffle.”
The Singleton Lions Club was chartered in 1956 and has grown from humble beginnings stemming from friendships formed during the clean-up operations from the disastrous 1955 floods that affected the Valley.