Large donation for Iroquois-Matilda Lions

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IROQUOIS – Community fundraising has been one of the hardest-hit sectors in rural Ontario due to the pandemic. Still groups are trying to do their part and adapt to the times. Local grocery store Iroquois Foodland is helping that along with a $4,000 donation of chickens for the Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club.

“In these times it’s important to start getting back to normal, and events like this are so important to the community” said Iroquois Foodland owner Mike Eastman. “I think this will be a successful year as things reopen and events like this will help get the community back on track and help others.”

To continue that fundraising work, the Lions are holding a spring chicken barbecue on May 8th to raise funds to support local initiatives and programs.

“The Lions are always interested in partnering with the community,” said Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club president Jim Devenny. “With this partnership and donation, we can do a lot more here in the community.”

Lions Club past-president Evonne Delegarde said that the previous barbecue, held last September, was very popular.

“Mike has been a great partner with the club.”

The club modified its usual format for barbecues to take into account for pandemic restrictions. A drive-thru format was adopted and people took their meals to go.

Delegarde said she expected the upcoming barbecue will raise about $10,000, and the donation from Foodland means more of the proceeds will go into the community.

The Lions’ chicken barbecue will run from Noon until 6 p.m. on May 8th. Meals will have a half chicken, baked potato, and other sides. Advance ticket sales are preferred by the club. Visit the Lions Club’s Facebook page for more information and ticket sales.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader