Banque Alimentaires 2013 – 2014

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For more than 25 years, LC Poissy Doyen has supported the national Banque Alimentaire initiative. According to the Fédération Française des Banques Alimentaires, 2,600,000 people living in France depend on food aid distributed throughout the year by the principal charitable associations.

The major annual food collection initiative occurs over the last weekend of November each year. Many Lions clubs in France contribute their time and organization to help collect essential non-perishable foodstuffs.

Under the leadership of LC Poissy Doyen, LCYH provides helping hands alongside two other Poissy-based LCs and LC Maule. The project takes place over a 48 hour period – a Friday and Saturday – at Carrefour Chambourcy and Casino Poissy. The Lions helpers, arriving at 8am Friday to set up the stands, the posters, the collection bags and chariots and the foodstuff guides for the shoppers. Dozens of cardboard boxes are assembled and numbered for the different types of food collected – biscuits, chocolates, cereals, baby food, jam, soups, tin vegetable, pasta, rice, flour, sugar…. all non-perishable items that can be stored for later distribution.

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The generosity of the shopping public is both impressive and touching. As the shoppers make their regular shop, they add items from the BA guide and hand them over to the Lions volunteers after the checkout – who then sort them and pack them in the numbered cardboard boxes.

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During 28-29 November 2014, a total of 83 Lions members participated in 4-hour shifts over the two day event.

Approximately 650 cardboard boxes were filled this year, representing around 13,000 kgs of non-perishable food stuffs collected. The two day event, is a most moving and rewarding experience. The people who you might think have the least to give can surprise you with their generosity. Some people fill their bags, others provide 3 or 4 items only but every bit helps. One elderly couple approached us just after the checkout but their donation bags were not readily visible. When questioned, they said “no no, you don’t understand, the entire trolley is for the BA collection”

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We realise at LCYH that we don’t only have to be the creators of projects to be useful to the local community and to deserving charities. We are equally happy to contribute in collaboration with other Lions clubs, supporting their projects. What matters is that “we serve” and that together we can make a difference in ways that could not be achieved working alone.

Calendar Girls Gala Evening with LCYH

On Sunday evening the 9th of February 2014, LCYH held their first ‘Gala Evening Event’ at the Le Pecq Theatre. We collaborated with a local Anglophone theatre company, the International Players, to reserve this one special night from their annual show, the well known story of “Calendar Girls”. The Balcony area was the setting for this event on the Sunday evening, where canapés and champagne at the interval were thoroughly enjoyed by over 100 guests.

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All the proceeds from this evening were donated to the charity foundation “Imagine for Margo” with a target project in mind. The room that was the focus of the project is based in the Poissy Hospital Pediatric area and is where the children have their blood analysis and samples taken… the not very fun things. Consequently, the children had named this room “the sad room”. The target that we set for our ‘Gala Evening event’ was to replace the couch bed that was the focal piece of furniture in the room and it could do with being modernised and comfortable!

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We reached our target and it is with much pleasure that we can say we contributed to changing the overall outlook and perception of this room alongside the International Players and the Rotary Club of Poissy, each of us with different targets but aiming for the same goal.