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’Tis always the season for giving at the Blacktown Ponds Lions Club Inc.

’Tis always the season for giving at the Blacktown Ponds Lions Club Inc.

The Blacktown Ponds Lions Club Inc.’s Christmas in July dinner is one of their highly anticipated annual events, and this year the proceeds will support the upgrade of The Healing Garden in the Blacktown Mt Druitt Hospital Children’s Ward.

Riverstone’s 2018 Local Woman of Year and Vice-President of the Blacktown Ponds Lions Club Inc. Rissa McInnes said the organisation is well-known for their regular fundraising activities in support of needy communities.

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“Upgrading the garden would encourage the children and their families to interact with nature through the use of outdoor aids and it would also encourage peer support and interaction with other families, allowing for shared experiences and reducing feelings of isolation,” Rissa said.

The Christmas in July dinner was fully booked around two months prior to the date of the event, and Rissa said the local community is always wanting to get involved because they want to support the Blacktown Ponds Lions Club Inc. in their mission to help others. Read about how the Philippines Nurses Association of Australia have been assisting regional communities in the Philippines HERE.

The reason people believe in us is because we are very transparent in where our funds go, because every single cent we receive from the public is actually going back to the public.

“When we transfer money with WorldRemit, we actually post the transactional documentation on our Facebook and on our website so people can see exactly where all their money went,” Rissa said.

In the past, the Blacktown Ponds Lions Club Inc. helped raise money to provide upgraded playground equipment for the local special school, and in partnership with the Cebu Hamili Lions Club, they provided 150 school bags to Sac-on Elementary School pupils in the Philippines.

“We are very happy to be dealing with WorldRemit because we really need a really good and reliable remittance service, especially when we raise big amounts of money,” Rissa explained.

We are very confident that whatever money we raise for the Philippines is going to get to our beneficiary on time.

“I have struggled previously with sending money back home with other companies where the money has been taken out of my account but my family still had not received anything, despite two months having already transpired since the initial transaction,” Rissa said.

But, with WorldRemit we feel a great sense of security knowing we are in good hands.


Anisha Mistry

As the Editor of CulturalPulse, Anisha is passionate about listening to, writing and sharing stories of Australia's multicultural achievement. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: editor@culturalpulse.com.au