Huddersfield Lions Club have made a plea for people to help make their Diamond Jubilee charity appeal a big success.
The club launched the appeal in the Examiner last month - inviting suggestions for a community project for which they could raise tens of thousands of pounds.
They have had 10 suggestions so far but have asked for more and also want expert help to get the project up and running.
Club officials asked members of the local Huddersfield community to ‘Tell us what you want.’
They were asking for schools, community groups, charities and other organisations and individuals to suggest ideas from which the Lions Club will choose one to become their charity appeal to be run during the 60th anniversary.
Club president Graham Isley said: “So far we have received 10 responses from members of the local community covering a wide range of suggestions but would like many more before we choose one to go forward with.
“This is to be a single project or possibly a “linked project” such as providing some type of equipment for a number of schools.
“Huddersfield Lions Club will not be capable of raising alone the kind of money we’re thinking of but rather we will make a public appeal throughout the Huddersfield area and our club members will act as co-ordinators and managers of the appeal.”
The club will almost certainly need to co-opt specialists, people from a range of professions who would be willing to team up with them in a voluntary capacity to give their help and advice to organise the appeal, whatever it may turn out to be. The club envisages they will need advice and help from accountants, solicitors (especially with charity experience), sales and marketing experts, web designers, graphic designers and someone with experience of charitable trust applications.
Mr Isley said: “You might say that we’re expecting a lot in this and that would be true but we intend to attract and inspire to help us people with all these skills and many others who will get a sense of satisfaction out of working together without counting the cost to perform a really worthwhile task for our local community.”
The Lions have set the deadline for entries to be the end of July and plan to select a winner during August before an appeal launch in September.
They can be contacted on 0845 833 2826, by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or via their website http://www.huddersfieldlions.org