THE Castletroy and District Lions Club has done its bit to help the environment by planting a tree in the grounds of the Castletroy Park Hotel.
Part of a national scheme by the fundraising group, it is part of a drive to plant a million trees worldwide, and in doing so make a positive contribution to the environment.
The tree was planted to celebrate the relaunch of the club, which meets once a month in Castletroy, and raises much needed funds for good causes.
Until last month, the group was known simply as the Castletroy Lions Club.
But now, to reflect the growth in its membership further away from the suburb, it is now called the Castletroy and District Governor
The most senior ‘Lion’ in Ireland, Sean Sandford came down from Dublin to celebrate the occasion, and hear about the good work the club does.
Explaining the drive, he said: “Trees are like the lungs of the planet. They breathe in carbon dioxide, and breathe out oxygen. They also reduce erosion to save soil, help preserve local water sources and provide a habitat for wildlife living under more and more stress.” The Lions club is also collecting used spectacles throughout Castletroy, Castleconnell and Killaloe.
Collections in supermarkets, churches and shops so far have been successful, reports local president Rita O’Donoghue.
The used glasses will be transferred to African countries, where people who cannot afford to pay for glasses will use them.
The Castletroy and District Lions club meets once a month. For more information, contact Rita O’Donoghue at 087-2209023.