Truro Lions Club to benefit from federal funding program

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TRURO – New equipment is to be purchased by the Truro & District Lions Club in an effort to promote volunteerism and provide information on leisure/recreational activities for seniors.

“I’m hoping we are going to get volunteers to share their skills and come in and … teach someone a new activity or skill, or make them aware of programs that are already available in the community that they don’t know about that they might be able to join,” said club spokesperson Joyce Gero. “In some cases they might even form a whole new group.”

Gero’s comments were made Tuesday morning following a funding announcement by Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong.

The club is to receive $9,305 from the federal New Horizons for Seniors Program to purchase audio-visual equipment and to help host a series of information nights and workshops targeted at new retirees.

“A lot of the Lions programs already focus, or if not specifically focus, benefit seniors,” Gero said, adding the club hopes to expand on those efforts.

“We thought it would be something good to do,” she said. “But it’s also going to get the Lions some much-needed audio-visual equipment that they can use for other things.”

The New Horizons for Seniors Program is intended to benefit organizations that want to help seniors make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. Projects must be led or inspired by seniors to help them remain active, Armstrong said.

“I like the program because I believe seniors are the ones that built our country,” he told the 13 Lions Club members present for the announcement. “They built our roads, they built our hospitals, built our schools, fought in World War II and Korea and they’ve done a lot to contribute. This is one way the government of Canada continues to support seniors as they engage in their golden years.”

Gero said she hopes to have the equipment and program outline completed by September.

Anyone wishing to volunteer to host an information session or workshop or seniors wishing to participate can contact Gero by calling 895-0355 or via e-mail at .

Twitter: @tdnharry

Organizations: Truro Lions Club

Geographic location: New Horizons, Korea, Canada

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