Lions kick in $10K

By Riverine Herald

A $10,000 DONATION has allowed Echuca-Moama Search and Rescue (EMSR) to buy life-saving equipment.

Echuca Lions Club donated the money which it raised at its annual golf day on March 18.

EMSR treasurer Bruce Smith said the money went towards buying essential rescue tools, including a ram and a pair of combi tools used for cutting and spreading, and a diesel Yamaha pump.

‘‘We are starting to build up a rescue trailer with these tools which gives us the ability to go into remote areas where our trucks can’t, such as farm accidents,’’ he said.

‘‘Quite often in accidents, one car will be found off to the side of the road and the other one will be in a paddock and we can’t take the equipment there in the truck — so this trailer allows us to be in two places at once.’’

Echuca Lions Club golf committee chairman Barry Higgins said it was an easy decision to donate the money to EMSR.

‘‘They don’t get any government money and we heard they needed equipment,’’ he said.

Mr Higgins said the golf day at Rich River Golf Club was a success, with 92 people taking part.

Mr Smith said EMSR was grateful to the Lions Club for its support.

‘‘It’s only community groups like these that keep us going,’’ he said.