Community group or organisation award, Lions Club Mooloolaba, Ron Alexander. Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards 2021. Picture: Patrick Woods
Community group or organisation award, Lions Club Mooloolaba, Ron Alexander. Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards 2021. Picture: Patrick Woods

Community group honoured for outstanding contribution

Just like many other organisations COVID-19 hit the Lions Club Mooloolaba hard.

The group has been serving the community for more than four decades but 2020 saw a struggle they hadn't faced yet.

Their fundraising efforts stripped back and a huge workload was created for the core group of just 13 members.

But it's their tenacity and their drive to ensure they make a difference in the community that earned them the title of Community Group of the Year at the Sunshine Coast Council Australia Day Awards.

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The Lions Club Mooloolaba has been running the weekly Sunday Markets at Fishermans Rd since 1999.

With just their 13 members, the group works week in, week out to raise much needed funds for the community and has distributed $119,022 despite COVID-19 challenges.

Vice president Ron Alexander said the money raised went towards schools and the wider community.

"We run a driver education program at Maroochydore High School and Mountain Creek - that's been going for 17 years," he said.

"We've had about 1300 students go through the program.

"We also assist in western Queensland with drought relief, we've supported with supplying water to drought affected towns.

"A substantial amount of money went towards the bushfires in Victoria and New South Wales."

Community group or organisation award, Lions Club Mooloolaba, Ron Alexander. Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards 2021. Picture: Patrick Woods.
Community group or organisation award, Lions Club Mooloolaba, Ron Alexander. Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards 2021. Picture: Patrick Woods.

Mr Alexander said the club had been extremely honoured by the award.

"It's just lovely to see one of the service clubs, whether it be Lions, Rotary or Apex has been recognised and honoured," he said.

"We're one of those groups of people that everyone knows that they're there but nobody ever sees.

"So this gives us an opportunity to shine so on behalf of those clubs it's a great thrill."