Blacktown Ponds Lion Club is raising money for The Ponds School

UNITED: Lions vice president Eric Lim and president Paul McInnes with principal Leonie Donaldson. The club is aiming to raise $20,000 at a dinner for The Ponds School.
UNITED: Lions vice president Eric Lim and president Paul McInnes with principal Leonie Donaldson. The club is aiming to raise $20,000 at a dinner for The Ponds School.

The Blacktown Ponds Lions Club are rallying around children living with a disability as part of a very special project.

The newly formed club accepted the challenge to raise the remaining $60,000 for The Ponds School to help fund an All Abilities Playground, which will cost $155,000 to build.

President Paul McInnes said the not-for-profit organisation was thrilled to nominate the playground as their year-long project.

“We are trying to fund the excavations and rubber matting for the playground,” Mr McInnes said.  “We have a bit of a soft spot for disadvantaged children but we were definitely anxious to do something locally.”

The club will be hosting a fundraising dinner and dance at Blacktown Workers Club on August 26.

Principal Leonie Donaldson said the new playground would open up opportunities for the students. 

“I want to see playground equipment that absolutely all our students can access,” Ms Donaldson said. 

"We’ve been able to get the whole community engaged to make this project possible and it’s been fantastic. 

“We also have a number of parents who say they don’t know how to take their children to the park, so we will be teaching them that with this playground. It’s quite exciting.”

Tickets are $70 each, including two course meal including tea and coffee.

  • Details: rissa.mcinnes@gmail.com.