Lions name their pride

01:01, Nov 22 2012
OPENING DAY: David Hammond and Paul Whitford, from Bulls Lions Club, and Bradyn Moss, from Marton Lions Club, at the opening of the Lions-sponsored room at Ronald McDonald House in Wellington.

Three Rangitikei Lions Clubs will forever be recognised for their part in the new $15,000,000 Ronald Mcdonald House in Wellington.

Last month group members from Marton and Bulls went to Wellington for the official opening of the Lions-sponsored floor at the new complex opposite Wellington Hospital, which they and Hunterville Lions raised money for.

The three clubs united to raise $50,000 to gain naming rights to a room which allows families from outside Wellington to stay if their children are in hospital.

"This money would never have been raised if it had not been for the generosity of the Rangitikei public and businesses," said Bradyn Moss of the Marton Lions.

Fundraising projects included selling corn, a golf day, fashion parade, raffles and 4x4 rally.

About 250 Lions members attended the opening day luncheon and ribbon-cutting ceremony.


"Everybody was amazed at all the features the complex had."

The Rangitikei contingent also attended an official dinner at which chief executive officer Lesley Slieker spoke about the planning that had gone into the project over the past six years.

"They only have six permanent staff and the House relies on 150 volunteers.

"A lot of the food and essentials are donated."

The movie theatre had armchair seating for about thirty people, which had all been donated.

The complex includes a kitchen, dining room, lounges, children's art room, play areas and a gym.

"All Lions clubs who attended the open day came away with a very positive feeling and very proud to have been associated with this wonderful project," Ms Slieker said.

Manawatu Standard