Wynyard Baptist and Lions Club Collaborate

Apr 06, 2022
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Owen Muskett and the team at Wynyard Baptist received some local press last week about the Lions Club food drive to gather donations for the ROC* Food Hub!

First published in The Advocate, 30th March 2022

The Advocate page 16, 30-Mar-2022. Article and photo by Rodney Woods

If you are picking up some groceries at either Wynyard’s IGA or Woolworths supermarkets on Thursday and Friday [31st March/1st April], you will be greeted at the entrance by Lions Club of Wynyard members.

They will be at the two stores from 9am both days collecting perishable and non-perishable goods as well as monetary donations for the Wynyard Baptist Church’s ROC Community Food Hub, which assists people who need a helping hand with their groceries.

“The Lions Club have come on board and are doing this food drive so we can continue to supply good, quality, healthy food for those that need a hand in our community,” Wynyard Baptist Church pastor Owen Muskett said.

“There’s always a need for food and it seems the more we have, the more we give away.

“We don’t charge anything and it’s great to be able to give away what we have. This drive will be a great benefit to the food hubs at both Wynyard and Cooee.”

There’s always a need for food and it seems the more we have, the more we give away.

Owen Muskett

Why get involved?

Lions Club of Wynyard president Tony Allen explained why the club decided to get involved.

“Because the ROC are doing such a good job, we decided to assist them by raising money and food donations for their organisation,” he said.

“We have donated money before and we have decided this is a practical way of helping them and getting publicity for both the Lions Club and the ROC at the same time.”

Lions Club and Wynayrd Baptist church work together.
Photo credit Rodney Woods/The Advocate
Left to Right: Neville Woolley (Wynyard Lions Club and Community Hub Volunteer), Tony Allen (Wynyard Lions Club President), Nick Connell (Wynyard Lions Club Secretary) , Aileen Charles (Community Hub Coordinator Volunteer), Owen Muskett (Pastor Wynyard Baptist Church), Gwen Haines (Community Hub Volunteer) and Vonda Hall (Community Hub Volunteer). Photo: Rodney Woods

The Lions Club hopes their profile in the community will increase the donations.

“I think they will be improved as we have a high profile within the town as volunteers,” Mr Allen said. “The need is there so if we can help fulfill that need, good on us.”

The club’s membership director Neville Woolley said Wynyard was a generous town for its size. “Everyone puts their hand in their pocket and every little bit helps.”

EFTPOS donations will be available at Woolworths.

Rodney Woods. Photo credit Brodie Weeding

Rodney Woods
Reporter, The Advocate

This article is republished with kind permission of The Advocate.


Drum roll please!

After the food drive all the donations were gathered and counted over the weekend.

In all, 21 crates of food were collected and $1,340 in donations!

Wynyard Baptist did such a fantastic job. What a great opportunity for the church to reach out to their community through ROC*.

SUCH GENEROSITY! From left: Wynyard Baptist workers Aileen, Owen, Neville and Gwen.

* ROC stands for Redeeming Our Community

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