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The Lyndhurst Lions support the Lions Club’s annual Autumn Breeze, raising funds for worthy humanitarian causes

photo: Virosh Perera

The Lyndhurst Lions recently came together in large numbers to support the Lions Club’s annual fundraiser held at Springvale Town Hall. The Autumn Breeze 2015 took place closer to winter this year with Melbourne’s weather as unpredictable as ever. The cold certainly did not deter enthusiastic participation, though, as nearly 450 people attended the gala event.

The Lions Club of Lyndhurst has been proudly organising this annual dinner dance event since 2009 to help raise funds for local community initiatives or worthy humanitarian causes. This year the donations were earmarked for a Lions Club eye hospital in Sri Lanka and Chandana’s Family Accident Medical Fund. The support from local community was heartening and appreciated.

photo: Virosh Perera

The atmosphere on the night was charged from the word go as people arrived at the venue dressed to the nines. A few handshakes and social kisses later it was time to settle in for the entertainment and formal proceedings. The speeches were kept minimal, as the aim was to entertain and delight.

Malik Zaveer, current President of Lions Club of Lyndhurst & District, officially welcomed the guests and thanked the volunteers for their contribution in putting such a massive event together. He made a special mention of the efforts of Immediate Past President Cuthbert Don Paul who according to Malik, “did loads of work to make the event a success”. The main sponsors were also acknowledged and their ongoing support appreciated.

An extensive menu, provided by Cinnamons, was on offer to tantalise the taste buds, and bottles of premium scotch kept on tables helped to keep the winter chill at bay.

It didn’t take much time before the majority of the crowd had hit the dance floor grooving to the music provided by Deezone with Damian of Purple Rain fame.

With each year, the numbers at the event are growing rapidly as more and more people are willing to take the opportunity to raise funds while having fun. The raffle draw was a highlight on the night as people won themselves some amazing prizes that were sponsored by a variety of local businesses and services.

MC Jude De Silva ensured the audience was kept informed and entertained while DJ Jeremy Ekanayake kept the rhythms pumping. Music and merriment kept the night young and the crowd engaged. You have to hand it to the Lions, they sure know how to party.

 

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