Deyann is making a difference

Alan Cunningham and Deyann McDonnell were selling raffle tickets for the Maclean Lions Club at the Brooms Head Family Fun Day on New Years Day. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Alan Cunningham and Deyann McDonnell were selling raffle tickets for the Maclean Lions Club at the Brooms Head Family Fun Day on New Years Day. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

THE Brooms Head Family Sports Day is hosted by the Lions Club of Maclean.

Volunteers like Deyann McDonnell spend their New Year's Day at the beach, giving back to the community that supports them throughout the year.

Ms McDonnell joined Lions 13 years ago and has been attending the Family Sports Day ever since.

"I joined Lions because I wanted to work with like-minded people; people who really want to make a difference," she said.

"We have a lot of fun at the beach and it's always good to run into everyone here on New Year's Day."

"Not only the people you know, but to also be able to meet the visitors is great."

She was joined on Wednesday by fellow Lion Alan Cunningham and the pair sold raffle tickets for a grand prize of a new car.

"The proceeds go to the Save Sight Foundation."

"Through organ donations, the Save Sight Foundation and the efforts of Lions, there is no longer a waiting list for corneal transplants in the centre.

"We're here to provide a fun day for the families... to give back to those who help us."

Ms McDonnell said the Brooms Head Family Sports Day was not primarily about fundraising, yet members of the public had been very supportive of the raffle.

She encouraged anyone with even a little spare time on their hands to join Lions.

The avid volunteers said Lions was a fulfilling way to spend her time.

"I wanted to make a difference and help people in our community who are less fortunate, disadvantaged or challenged."

Lions is open for anyone over the age of 18.

See more photos from the Brooms Head Family Sports Day on page 20 of today's edition.

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