The Lions Club has been in Strathmore for more than 70 years, helping out in the community anyway they can. On March 28, the Lions presented a cheque for $25,000 to the Strathmore Handi-Bus Association to help with operating costs.
“It was (brought up at) one of our meeting by a member that we support it, and two of the board members from the Handi-Bus society came to explain why they needed the money,” said Keith Temple, President of the Strathmore Lions Club.
“So, it was voted to support it after the question period we had with the board members.”
“We feel the Handi-Bus is a very valuable thing for our seniors around town…and that’s another one good reason why we did support it,” said Temple.
The Lions host three big fundraisers each year, one of them being the auction coming up on April 2.
“We raise quite a lot of funds from auctioning off donations made by the businesses around town,” said Temple.
“Our other big fundraiser is the booth at Heritage Days, which lots of town people and out of town people would support if they buy a hamburger or hotdog.”
They have another fundraiser at Christmas time, which is a Christmas party they put on for the businesses around town. They do occasionally receive private donations, and also help out at a variety of other events around town.
The Strathmore Handi-Bus Association has been a registered Association since 1986. It serves residents in the Town of Strathmore and Wheatland County.
It began as a passion to transport seniors and physically disabled people, through volunteer drivers and community support. It has grown into a service that encourages independence and quality of life.
“Through our exceptional transportation services, we have serviced over 3000 calls. To meet the continued needs and standards of this growing service, Strathmore Handi-Bus Association needs your assistance,” said Alice Booth, a member of the association and a Wheatland County councillor.
Booth said in order to continue to provide the service at a reasonable rate, donations are needed to subsidize the actual costs. All donations receive a tax receipt on request. To donate, send your donations directly to the Strathmore Handi-Bus c/o The Town of Strathmore, 680 Westchester Road, Strathmore AB T1P 1J1.