Karingal Lions Club helps families of disabled kids take break

BY SAMANTHA ROBIN

Karingal Lions Club helps families of disabled kids take breakCHILDREN with intellectual disabilities will be able to enjoy a holiday with their families, thanks to support provided by the Karingal Lions Club.

The club has reserved the Lions Wilderness Village at Licola for the end of this month to give families a much needed holiday.

During the weekend, children will be able to enjoy activities such as rock climbing, archery and canoeing.

Lions club member Marianne Meehan said it was a great opportunity for families to spend some quality time together.

“It is very difficult for families with intellectually disabled children to get out and participate in activities,” she said.

“This is a bit of support and allows parents and siblings to spend some quality time together.”

Dunkley federal MP Bruce Billson is urging local businesses and community organisations to get behind the initiative and help fund the weekend.

“The Lions Club of Karingal have led the way in devising this camp experience for local families with special-needs kids who keep giving day in day out and deserve a family weekend retreat,” he said. “Fund-raising efforts continue with bookshop sales, trivia nights and auctions, but I hope some big-hearted local businesses and community organisations can not only count their blessings but also contribute to raising the money needed to fund this year’s retreat and to make it an annual event.”