Last week was an amazing week. many people organised their day to avoid the storm and rain. Others took measures to stay dry or waited for a break in the rain to go outside and run their errands. There were some, however, who did not have that luxury.
The volunteers of the Lions Club of Carlingford-Dundas were in the unlucky category who did not have the luxury to stay dry. On Monday 21 and Thursday 26 March we manned the BBQs during the opening week of Bunnings in Rydalmere. Under a gazebo which was not designed for such a rainy weather, and had already seen quite a bit of wear and tear, nothing was safe from the rain. We struggled to stay dry, and we struggled to keep the food, bread, napkins and everything else dry as well. The inclined floor did not help either, bringing all the rainwater into the gazebo and onto the BBQ. We had to use umbrellas under the gazebo, which we thought were helpful, but we still got wet.
Since there was no place for customers to stand under the gazebo and out of the rain, we did not expect any customers to come. Everyone was in a hurry to get to their cars and get away. We almost gave up and decided to pack-up and go home, but we asked the Bunnings staff to bring a second gazebo. After some negotiations, we had the second gazebo and were able to shift the inclination of the BBQ. Finally we were able to better organise ourselves and have a good space for customers to come and stay dry.
The proceeds did not match the effort. However, the dedication to our community and its service outweighed everything else. The twin BBQ’s were our part in the Lions World Biggest BBQ and as such the beneficiary will be The Australian Lions Childrens Cancer Research Foundation. The amount of our Club’s donation will be decided at our next business meeting.
Our president, David Evans, who was one of the people getting wet, said “What a magnificent effort by all concerned with the two days at Bunnings! Not a great monetary return for effort but the spirit in overcoming adversity was amazing. Monday was the first day of opening for the Rydalmere store – it was just as well we had our competent and experienced crew on hand to sort out some of the teething problems including how to stay dry in a downpour (We still have a bit to learn). In normal circumstances we would probably have abandoned the whole thing but made a commitment, we honoured the commitment, and, hopefully, it will stand us in good stead for the future. Well done.”
Thank you to all the volunteers who ignored the rain and devoted their time. they were:
Monday: David, Alison, Peter, Levon, Siggy, Brian, Clem, Maureen & Geoff Lee.
Thursday: David, Clem, Alison, Peter, Brian, Elspeth & Fiona
Some pictures of the volunteers on Monday