Lions Club member Leo Kelly and Dinki-Di Discounts manager are looking forward to this year's line of coins fundraiser.
Lions Club member Leo Kelly and Dinki-Di Discounts manager are looking forward to this year's line of coins fundraiser. John Gass

Line up for Easter coin tradition

THE Murwillumbah Lions Club has been working alongside the Cancer and Leukemia Society for over 30 years now with each year seeing them continue their traditional line of coins event.

Funds raised go to a charitable cause which is organised to aid children suffering from leukaemia at the Royal Children's Hospital.

The event, which is held on the Thursday before Easter Friday, has totalled almost $300,000 for leukaemia research, with this year set to garner double the support.

The cause gives back generously as well, with heaps of Easter eggs being offered for those who participate.

Pam Wilcock, patron of the society, said the donations received support leukaemia sufferers at the Royal Children's Hospital.

"With support from the Lions Club, we set about raising awareness of the disease in general and its treatment at the Royal Children's Hospital," she said.

"Plus, as it's held on the Thursday before Easter, we treat the children to a lot of Easter eggs."

The line of coins is laid down on a stretch of footpath in front of the Murwillumbah Dinki-Di Discount store, with the manager Vickie North actively behind the event.

"I've worked here for almost 20 years and it's always a joy to see the volunteers from the Lion Club come around and rouse a crowd," she said.

"We've never had a complaint and I have no objection to the great cause."

Leo Kelly, the Lions Club's project manager, said the line of coins event gives the community a chance to reflect on those battling cancer.

"Even though it's a fun time, we have to remember why we organise this," he said.

The line of coins is set to take place in front of the Dinki-Di Discount store this Thursday.



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