"Keeping The Spirit Alive" in Valley East is one of the definite outcomes that this town can use when the Lions of Valley East host their First Annual Charity Days on September 8 and 9.

Marcel Servais, Chair of the Charity Days Committee, shown on the right, met recently with Robert Kirwan, Marketing Manager of the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre to discuss details of the event and make plans on how to incorporate the merchants of the mall in the effort.

"Our main goal is to work with as many of the local charities as possible to help them raise some money for their organization," Marcel explained. "Each of our activities will be dedicated to a different charity and all of the money raised from that event will be donated to the charity."

The Charity Days will actually begin on Thursday, September 7, 2006 with the opening night of the Valley East Idol Competition at Buddies' Restaurant. 

The scene moves to the Centennial Arena in Hanmer Friday night with a Teen Dance on the main ice surface. 

Saturday is filled with activities for the entire family. The day will start off with a Councillors' Charity Breakfast and finish off with a Cancer Fighter Benefit Dance and a fireworks display after dark. The 2006 Sports Hall of Fame Induction, Spaghetti Dinner, finals of the Valley East Idol Competition, Easter Seals Penny Table, and a ton of other activities and events will keep everyone busy for the whole day.

"We are really excited about this format. It will involve every section of the community, including charities, churches and schools. Each group will help in whatever way they can, but the members of the Lions Club will be doing the "lion's share" of the work.," Marcel continued.

Kirwan, who is also running for the position of Councillor for Ward 6 - Hanmer and Val Therese, has been a strong supporter of anything that will bring the community together and raise the spirit level of local residents. "I think this is a great example of what the Lions Club of Valley East adds to the qualify of life of residents. This will definitely bring the community together and it will give each of the charities a chance to increase their exposure as well as generate much-needed funds. I hope everyone gets behind the Lions Club of Valley East Charity Days and makes this one of the biggest events in the history of our town."

Marcel invites anyone who is interested in helping out or who has ideas or suggestions to offer to come to one of their organizational meetings which are held at the Lions Den in Hanmer on the last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m.

More details will be forthcoming in the coming months.


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