Pat Byrnes will be helping out at the Lions Biggest Barbecue in Pottsville.
Pat Byrnes will be helping out at the Lions Biggest Barbecue in Pottsville. John Gass

Lions sizzle for cancer research

HELP the Tweed Coast South Lions Club make its inaugural Biggest Barbecue for Childhood Cancer Research the best ever.

All you will need is one near-empty stomach, a smile and any family and friends on Easter Saturday.

President Graham Jackson said the club was not yet a year old and keen to continue making positive inroads into Pottsville's community.

"It's probably the biggest thing we've done so far," Mr Jackson said.

"We don't know how much we'll raise, but it's a great exercise for the simple reason it's a long-weekend.

"It's the Easter holidays, and people will fill the holiday parks."

The Lions Biggest Barbecue is an annual fundraising event which many of the 1400 Australian clubs participate in.

Funds raised benefit the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation.

Pottsville has been supporting its fledgling Lions club in its endeavours, and is likely to see this support returned with interest.

Mr Jackson said from tools to raffle prizes, Pottsville has provided the 19-member club with all its needs.

"We had a Christmas Raffle and all the shops donated all the prizes for it," he said.

"We've had a container donated to put our gear in.

"Everything we've ever wanted has been donated, such as a re-registered trailer.

"It's hard to understand the support we've been getting - it's unbelievable, but the Lions' motto is 'we serve' and that's what we're doing."

At the end of his term as president, any money the club has raised will be given to worthy recipients.

"That is the Lions agreement," Mr Jackson said.

All presidents have a strong influence on how this money is spent but he wants all his members to have an equal say.

"So the money goes to all the local community.

"One of the things that has been close to us is Sailability at Tweed.

"They help a lot of people in respite care or with disabilities and are short of volunteers, boats and money.

"People really come out of the woodwork to give us a hand."

Do the same from 10am-5pm at Ambrose Brown Park, opposite the Pottsville Oval, on April 7.

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