Lions Weekly News 14th October 2018

Firstly from DG Mandy
Please see below as received via MDHQ

Please find below some information in support of the two football players from SO Essex that are part of the 2019 World Games team.  It would be fantastic if we could help these two young lads get to the  Special Olympics next year. If  you would like to contribute to sending them please send cheques to District Treasurer Roger, marked footballers on the back.
Lets make some dreams come true.
We are seeking support for two young men who have been chosen to represent Great Britain in the football competition at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.  Jack is 21 and has global developmental delay and ADHD and lives in Southend, Reece is aged 20 and from Billericay and has autism and communication difficulties.  They both started playing football when they joined a mainstream club at the age of 8.  Although they enjoyed this, their progress was limited, prompting a local coach and Reece’s mother to establish the Porters football club for players with special needs in 2014 which affiliated to SO Essex.  Their progress in the four years since then has been remarkable.  Both represented the Eastern region at the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games in 2017 and at the Special Olympics GB Anniversary Games in August of this year, helping their team to a 4th place and a bronze medal respectively in these competitions, with Jack captaining the team on both occasions.  Both now help to mentor younger players within the club.
The club is delighted to have access to the competition pathway that Special Olympics provides and have raised in excess of £10,000 over the past two years to give their players the opportunity to participate in these competitions.  Both Jack and Reece now have part-time jobs but are also in receipt of benefits.  In addition to helping to coach at their club, they both volunteer at other events.
They are particularly pleased to have both been chosen because of their friendship forged over their shared journey towards this opportunity.  Since they were selected for the World Summer Games team, they and the club have been raising money to fund their places through a variety of events – cake sales and sponsored walks, swims and even leg waxes!   Through these they raised £1,000 and hope to raise around £500 more through more fundraising events, but this still leaves the club needing to raise a total of £3,500 to make their dream of playing football for their country come true.
Best wishes,
Andy Heffer
Director of Sports and Development

CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road, Hoxton, London, N1 6AH
Year-round sports training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities
T: +44 (0)20 7247 8891
CAN Mezzanine
DD: +44 (0)20 7375 7615
49-51 East Road

Mandy Hawksley
District Governor
105EA 2018/2019

A request for help from Margaret Groom
John was diagnosed with cancer just before last Christmas. He had two operations  in March and is currently awaiting the results of another CT scan. He is still fairly weak and feels the cold.
On January 21st we attended a lovely lunch at The Old Rectory, Crostwick to celebrate Wroxham’s Charter. Unfortunately the day was marred by someone inadvertently taking John’s expensive thick wool overcoat instead of their own. That which was left had a PDG Ian Fox pin and two paracetamol tablets in one of the pockets. Despite an email sent by PDG Dennis Moxon, about the situation, nothing further was heard.
Can I please ask all those who attended, including partners, to check please that they have their very own coat. As the winter sets in, John is feeling the cold more. It would certainly make a difference if the person who made the mistake could return John’s coat to The Old Rectory, and take back their own.  We need not know who made the error, but I would really appreciate his coat being returned.
Many thanks, Margaret Groom