Today we took part in the annual ‘Santa Charity Collection’ of the Bushby Lions Club in Leicester. Members had arranged for a Santa sledge which was pulled through the streets by a car playing Christmas songs. We were given highly visible security vests and collection buckets. The Lions Club supports a range of charities such as the ‘Rainbow Trust’, ‘Vista for the Blind’, the ‘Alzheimer Society’ and others. The charity collection took place in the Bushby and Thurnby areas of Leicester, which are affluent suburbs.

Santa Collection

Unfortunately not many people were at home or did open the door but those who did were very friendly and accommodating and generally donated at least one Pound. It is planned to hold this collection for three days and we will take part throughout this period.

The Lions Club members were very friendly and were happy to see us taking part. The Lions Club is an international network of independent charities with philanthropic ideals.

Members had arranged a dinner at the end of the door to door collection. We didn’t attend today but will take part tomorrow and after tomorrow. We found the Lions Club members very friendly and happy people, which proves that engaging in charitable and philanthropic activities provides a sense of happiness which can not be achieved by selfish pursuits.

The Team of Volunteers

The Lions Club is a worldwide charitable society devoted to social and international service, taking its membership primarily from business and professional groups. The Lions had recently their 100 year service celebration.

Here is a comprehensive history of the first 100 years of Lions Club International.

Contributions across time, a glimpse of the first 100 years.

The objective of the Lions Club are as follows:


TO CREATE and foster a spirit of “generous consideration” among the people of the world through a study of the problems of international relations.

TO PROMOTE the theory and practice of the principles of good government and good citizenship.

TO TAKE an active interest in the civic, social, and moral welfare of the community

TO UNITE the members in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship, and mutual understanding.

TO PROVIDE a forum for the full and free discussion of all matters of public interest, partisan politics, and sectarian religion alone excepted.

TO ENCOURAGE efficiency and promote high ethical standards in business and professions; provided that no club shall hold out as one of its objects financial benefits to its members.