AN INTERNATIONAL charity has officially launched a Port Talbot branch in a bid to raise funds for community projects.
Lions Clubs International has set up a branch in the town, to help people in the town centre and surrounding areas in Baglan, Margam, Aberavon and Bryn.
Jeffrey Davies, who helped set up the Port Talbot branch, said: “We work in the community, like the rotarions, to rase money in the community and give it back to the community.
“One of the first things we did in October, was to set up an area in our offices in Port Talbot, to run free diabetes checks.
“We had 80 people turn up for the health check, and it was all free for them.”
But the club doesn’t only concentrate on health issues, despite being best known for working to end preventable blindness internationally.
“We’re working with Central school in February, to put raised beds in and we’ll be volunteering our time to help out,” said Mr Davies.
The club is also getting into the festive swing of things this year, by running a fundraising event in which children can receive a letter from Santa, based on their wish list for Christmas. Each letter requires a £2 donation to the charity, which will go back into the community.
The club also aims to help international causes, and its foundation provides grants to provide both immediate assistance following natural disasters and long-term disaster relief for reconstruction efforts.
Grants help preserve sight, combat disability, promote health or serve youth.
Chris Davies, Port Talbot’s branch contact, said the new club is always on the lookout for new members, to help raise funds for people in need locally and internationally.
The club meets monthly at Blanco’s, Port Talbot.
Anyone wishing to join the charitable organisation can contact Chris on 0845 833 4763. For more information about the Santa letter project or any other project, visit www.porttalbotlions.org.uk