Band helps Lions to fund safe centres
The award-winning Loch Garman Band will host an evening of music at Clayton Whites Hotel on Friday (May 13) to assist the Lions Clubs of Ireland to create a cluster of Safe Centres for refugee children in Lebanon. Music from stage and screen along with swing, classical and modern favourites are guaranteed to delight everyone.
The event is free although a retiring collection will be held, along with a raffle. Early arrival is advisable for the 8 p.m. start as a large audience is expected.
The Safe Centres, which will be funded by Lions Clubs from a number of countries, primarily in Ireland and Scandanavia, will service refugee camps by providing basic health and education facilities. Lions Clubs District Governor, Marion Conneely said that since the outbreak of the civil war five years ago in Syria, over a quarter of a million people have lost their lives and over half the population of 20 million in the country have been forced into exile from their homes, their villages, towns and cities.
As well as providing education and stimulation on a daily basis, the safe centres will look after the psychological, health and medical care needs of children with the addition of a playground, a creativity centre and a point of contact.
The pre-planning phase is complete, detailed plans are now being drawn up and implementation will commence this year with a two year completion deadline.
Lions will then hand the fully equipped Centres over to UNICEF and Beyond.