The Lions Step In
The Kaikoura Seaward Lions have succeeded in exciting their community about recycling and eliminating waste through the Recycled Trash Fashion Show. “Our show is considered to be one of the icons now in Kaikoura,” said Lion Julie Syme of the Seaward Kaikoura Lions Club. “The community gets together and they really support it.”
In addition to encouraging people from all over the country to reuse items, this project offers Lions the opportunity to reach out to their community and to promote the arts – and themselves. This show also raises funds for area programs, including the all-volunteer emergency responders.
Involve the Entire Community
The Recycled Trash Fashion Show is open to all members of the community, providing anybody who wants to participate an opportunity to show off their creativity and skills or to model these works of art. Even children at the local elementary and high schools have created fashions for the kids and teens categories.
By involving the entire community and giving back to local needs, such as the fire brigade and coast guard, the club has received strong support and new members. “The fundraising from the show will enable us to get a mannequin to practice CPR,” said local firefighter Andrew Painter.
Lions have donated more than 90,000 New Zealand dollars to their community over the years from this project alone, including thousands of dollars to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Canterbury, Kaikoura Hospital, the Historical Society, cancer support and the Kaikoura Mayfair Theatre. Past Show winners have won a variety of prizes, including cash and helicopter rides for two.