Lions grateful for Madison
MEMBERS of the Bundaberg Lions Club were delighted to welcome Bundaberg State High School senior student leader Madison Young to last week's club meeting.
The club suffered a break-in at its storage facilities at the old Bundaberg Showgrounds last month where thieves stole a new refrigerator and other equipment.
Upon hearing of its losses, Ms Young took the initiative to organise a coin collection from students to assist with the replacement cost of the club's stolen equipment
President Jeff McColl extended the club's thanks to Madison and the school's students for their generosity.
"Madison's efforts of raising $160 for the club was a wonderful surprise, it was totally unexpected," he said.
Mr McColl presented a Lion's Follow Your Dream badge to Madison as a token of the club's appreciation, and noted that the community spirit captured in Madison's enterprise and the students' generosity was both humbling and a credit to all of the young people involved.
"Us older folk often complain about the youth of today but, by gosh, there are some wonderful kids out there. We are all over the moon," he said.
For more than 20 years the club has sponsored senior students of Bundaberg State High School as they participated in the Lions Youth of the Year Program.
On her previous visit to the club in 2015, Miss Young emerged as the Club's Youth of the Year candidate to progress to the program's zone final.