Howth Sutton Lions Club

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Lion Year 2014/2015


Autumn Fund raisers



The Lion year started off with a Lions charity walk under the leadership of Lion Marianne Lehane on July 6, 2014.  This first fund raising event got the Lion year July to June off to a good start. Some members of the regular (Lions promoted) walking clubs generously took part. Tea and coffer refreshments were served in the Marine Hotel, Sutton afterwards. The fundraiser realised €1900 for Howth Sutton Lions Charities.



Flavour of Italy:


Background: In the 1980s the late Lion Michael Fitzpatrick set up an annual raising event for Howth Sutton Lions Club charities.  It was a gourmet food night entitled ‘Oyster Night’ in which oysters and wine was served and took place in Howth Yacht Club.  In order to rejuvenate the event he re-titled it ‘The Taste of Howth’ in the early 2000s. The format of this latter event was that of Howth restaurants coming together (through the influence and good offices of Aidan McManus, the famous King Citric Restaurant proprietor) and they freely provided and served top class food to the patrons. In its heyday to net takings from the event reached €30,000. This setup came to an end with the downturn in the economy, Michael’s demise and Aidan being unable to continue.  Part of the format was the selling of raffle tickets the proceeds of which in the main were donated to Howth branch of RNLI.


This year’s event: The club therefore needed to come up with a new idea  for the fund raiser function – this year the event was entitled ‘Flavour of Italy’.   On October 10, 2014 a 4-course Italian Dinner was presented by Giuseppe Crupi of Italian School Cooking and Pinocchio restaurant. Apart from complementary tickets to sponsors some 100 paying guests attended. A very good night was had by all those attending.  Overall, expenses came to €5550, although sponsorship was marginally down and raffle tickets amounted to somewhat less than €3K.  This resulted in a profit of €6,215. From the event Howth Sutton Lions presented the RNLI with a cheque for €2,500.



Table Quiz:

The Table Quiz is an important annual fund raiser for The Howth Sutton Lions Club. This year it was held as usual in the Marine Hotel, Sutton on November 27, 2014 (Thanksgiving Day in the US).   On the retirement of our long-standing quizmaster, a change of Quizmaster was necessary this year - former Lion Dermot agreed to step into the breach.  

The number of participants attending the quiz night was up 50% on last year (albeit then at a ten year low) thanks to the extra effort put in by club members to entice friends along.  Sponsorship came to €1600, door receipts €1140, raffle €790 plus donations of €100. Expenses for prizes were €335 (an outright winner, joint second and joint third prizes (making a total of five quiz prizes)); thus net outcome was ~€3300.  In the raffle itself the first prize was an impressively made up hamper (by Lion Briege).  Round donors and spot prize donors are to be thanked for their great generosity to Lions charities.   Sincere thanks to offered to Quiz Master Dermot - his well-balanced and challenging set of questions was challenging but nevertheless enjoyable and appreciated by the participants.



Food Appeal:

The Howth Sutton Lions Club Food Appeals for the Needy for Christmas were held at various Supermarkets throughout our area (see background).  The first one was held at Supervalu (formerly Superquinn), Sutton on November 29/30 (Saturday/Sunday), 2014.  This proved to be well supported by the shop patrons.  The next appeal took place on December 4th at Nolans Supermarket, Clontarf (while this is a three day event we now share responsibility with our newly formed sister club in Clontarf and Districts by manning the checkouts on one day).  This was followed by participation in the national Food Appeal sponsored by TESCO, our particular supermarkets being Kilbarrack and Shearwater.  Subsequent to the collections, the food was stored through the generosity of a relation of one of our members where it was sorted and made ready for packing at the Methodist Hall on Friday December 19th.   Distribution to needy families is effected through the local conferences of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.  Upward on 170 Howth Sutton Lions hampers to a total value of ~€1800 are being distributed in this way (~€2500 collected in money remain for the spring food distribution).



The main Donations   & Services

Dunation    of  €2,500 to  RNLI

Donation    of €500 to Education  for  Deaf Unemployed

Donation  of 200  to Ebota Orphans' Aid

Donatlon  of 500 to  Street  Children   Appeal

Disrribution   950  lMessages in a Bottle

Donation  of €490  to House  Extension  for  Disabled  Person

Donation  of €3,000  to New Life Education   Centre, Darndale

100+ Chrlstmas   Food Hampers  to the Needy

Donation of €7,500  to St.  Francis'  Hospice.  Raheny

Support  for Lions  lIoliday  Project

Donation  of  €4,250 to Aoihhncas  Refuge  for  Women  & Children

Dountiou  of 4,250  to St. Paul's  School for Autistic Children

Diabetic  Screening  morning at Sutton  Cross

Donation  of €2,250  to Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Minihus  to the  L'Arche Community for Disabled  Persons in Baldoyle to value of €36,000

                           of which Lions contributed €24,000  

                            - two year project in conjunction with Portmarnock Lions, Lions District An Post Fund and the

                              Baldoyle Community


Walking  Clubs  for Health  - two Walking Clubs, a Book Club and Cinema Club are led by Lions members.


L'Arche Minibus


It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little
 — do what you can. ~Sydney Smith