WINNERS’ GRINNERS: Maryanne Roberts and James Henderson, of Goonellabah, with the new car that they won through the Lions Medical Research Foundation Art Union.
WINNERS’ GRINNERS: Maryanne Roberts and James Henderson, of Goonellabah, with the new car that they won through the Lions Medical Research Foundation Art Union. Contributed

New car helps diabetes research

THANKS to a lucky Lions Club raffle, Lismore's Maryanne Roberts has won a new blue Mazda sedan worth $25,000.

Husband of 20 years, James Henderson said Mrs Roberts bought $10 worth of tickets in March, knowing it was going to a good cause.

"She said 'I've got a feeling I'm going to win that car'," Mr Henderson said.

"But when they rang she thought it was a hoax at first, we couldn't believe it.

"We thought we were going to wake up from a dream.

"Now all our friends are going to buy tickets in raffles - that's the ripple effect that plays on, so it's a good for everyone."

Thanks to the dedication of the network of Lions Clubs, a total of 43,000 tickets were sold across Queensland and NSW on behalf of the Lions Club Medical Research Foundation.

Much of LMRF's work is focused on type 2 diabetes research, affecting an estimated 1.7 million Australians.

Lismore City Lions Club president Rod Johnston was the one who sat at Lismore Central for five hours a day, six days a week for the whole of March, and remembers selling the winning ticket to Mrs Roberts.

"I was quite thrilled when they won, and the wonderful thing is that Lismore City Lions Club sold the winning ticket."



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