Tatura Lions cashes in on Holden Statesman

By James Bennett

Last weekend's Holden Statesman Nationals has resulted in a $2500 donation to Tatura Lions.

The service club showed its support for the event by running a barbecue during the rally when it was at the Shepparton Motor Museum.

About 50 Statesmans and drivers attended the rally on the weekend, which included a trip to the Tatura Show 'n’ Shine.

Tatura Lions will put the funds towards its major project of supporting the Childhood Cancer Research Foundation.

Tatura Lions secretary Malcolm Campbell said the money was going to a worthy cause.

“One of the really exciting new projects is that Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation and the International Lions Foundation are donating $4 million over the next four years to do a complete genetic marker on 400 kids,” he said.

“The idea being that if you do that then you've got a chance of tailor-making the cancer treatment to the child.

“If that trial works it will be extended across the whole world.”

Tatura Lions has been donating money towards childhood cancer research for about 10 years.

This year the club has donated $3000, including yesterday's donation.

“The donation is fantastic,” Mr Campbell said.

Statesman rally organiser Peter Russell said the donation was bigger than initially thought.

“We thought it was about $1000,” he said.

“The dinner we held went off. People got excited and bid on items at the auction.

“We chose Tatura Lions because we're friendly with them and they do great work.

“I'm a surviving cancer sufferer so I know what these kids are going through."