Breakafast raises over $5,100 for Lions’ Mobility Van

By  Lucille Bresee
For The Review-Mirror
The annual French Toast Breakfast presented at The Cove was very worthwhile with the Colford/Adrain syrup etc., brought in 450 people and raised over $5,100 toward the Mobility Van and its tremendous service to this area.  Started by Bryan Colford close to 15 years ago, the event has raised close to $50,000 for the mobility van.
As the Westport Lions Club shifts into high gear, looking forward to a busy summer season they have an opportunity to sell a portion of their property extending along the shoreline of Sand Lake and containing part of the old Rideau Trail. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority are interested in purchasing it and it would provide needed funds to carry on the Lions community work in this community.
Lion Don Baker is heading up the Spring Cash Draw for the Club with a first prize of $1,500.; second $500. and third, $250. The Draw will take place May 24. Tickets are available from a Lions member or Murphy’s Sport Shop.
Lions Frank Hugh and Wayne Bent as well as caterer Jeannette Harper are holding fundraiser dinners which have proved popular and raised enough to purchase needed articles for the Beach House. This included a fresh coat of paint to the interior and some beautification to the grounds outside. A student is being hired to look after the grounds for the summer and this popular area will continue to attract  visitors to the park, not only locally but from out of town, to enjoy this picturesque spot along the shore of Sand Lake. There is no charge for swimming, having a picnic or gathering for special occasions.
For a number of years the club assisted at the ongoing blood donor clinics and now offer their assistance as the Blood Donors Services hold these clinics at Legion #542 and the next one will be April 22 from 3-6 p.m.
The Westport Mobility Van answers a great need in this area and is on the road almost every day. Lions John Rempel and Bob Weir have issued an appeal for more volunteer drivers to keep this van on the road. For those in need of transportation to medical appointments at hospitals, clinics and doctors offices, the Club provides this needed service. It is a great blessing.

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