THE Lions Club of Gawler has found that hard fundraising work really does pay off, after collecting a massive $30,000 to install a new barbecue area at a local park.
The Lions Park, located on the corner of Main North Road and Victoria Terrace, in Gawler, was established almost three decades ago, but until now has not included any infrastructure.
To add some value to the space, the local group has spent the past 10 months raising funds to add a barbecue, seating, shelter and connecting path to the park.
Lions Club of Gawler board member David Schwartz said it is hoped this will make the space more functional and draw people to the northern part of the town.
“We hope it gets plenty of use,” he said.
“Hopefully, it is going to bring some of the public and community throughout the area and they will get some utilisation out of it.
“Even if they’ve gone swimming, they can come over and have a barbecue here.
“We just, generally, hope it is something for the community.”
The funds were collected through the Lions’ weekly Sunday markets and through various event catering jobs.
The new space, once completed, will also be important in late November, as part of the club’s half century celebrations.
“It is our 50-year celebration this year, and the whole idea is that it will mark our 50 years of service in the Gawler community,” Mr Schwartz said.
“There will be an opening here on November 26 and we are having a 50 year dinner on the Saturday night to celebrate our 50 years of service.
“It is also 75 years for Lions in Australia and 100 years for Lions internationally.
“It is great that there is lots to celebrate, all in one year.”
Work to establish the barbecue will soon be completed, with Gawler Council set to undertake the installation work.