SPRINGDALE, NL — Whether it is hundreds of dollars or tens of thousands, the feeling of helping others is the same for Lions Club of Canada members, according to Sadie Foster.
The president of the Springdale Lions Club was referring to a pledge of $50,000 toward building a bandstand at George Huxter Memorial Park.
The Lions recently contributed $25,000 of that amount and will contribute the rest over the next couple of years, she said.
The donation — part of the Lions Centennial Community Legacy Project — will cover just over half the cost of putting a bandstand in the park to accommodate concerts and entertainers.
Foster acknowledged the $50,000-donation, through a partnership with the Town of Springdale, has a far greater reach than smaller donations, but the goal of helping others and contributing to the community does not change.
“With the Lions, it doesn’t matter if we contribute the $50,000 to this project or we give a $1,000 to somebody who is undergoing medical treatment and needs help,” said Foster. “The feeling is the same thing. It is just helping people and giving back to our community.”
The Lions in Springdale have made other significant investments in the community, such as purchasing a bus to transport seniors.
The current donation reflects the park’s importance in attracting people for its peace and tranquility, but also for fun and entertainment. Foster said the town has done a tremendous job in beautifying the area and providing infrastructure within the park, so she hopes this is the next step in its growth.
“It has so much potential for our area, and you really do need this sort of structure if you are going to be bringing music or children’s entertainers to town,” she said. “It is just one more thing for Springdale to bring people in.”
The local Lions raise money through various fundraisers held throughout the year, including its regular bingo game. The president said the local communities support the Lions in their ability to raise money, making such donations possible.
Mayor Dave Edison said the town acquired land a few years ago because of a desire to expand the park with additional green space. It has been successful place to hold such events as Canada Day festivities and other concerts or shows.
He said this could allow for more events in the future.
“It is going to look very nice and will certainly help us in developing that as a place to come and visit,” he said.
Edison said the park is not an area that can hold a major event but can certainly continue to bring entertainment to the residents and visitors.
He is thankful to the Lions Club for being such a community-minded organization.
“The Lions Club has been a phenomenal supporter of the town over the years,” he said. “For them to donate $50,000 to this bandstand — which is over 50 per cent of the cost — is a huge coup for us. We will take from there and allow the monies we budgeted to continue to expand the park around this.”