Lioness club recognised for service to Tweed libraries

THE Lioness Club of Palm Beach Currumbin has received a prestigious annual award in recognition of its contribution to Tweed Shire Council's housebound library delivery service.

The Fonnie Tresise Premier Project Award is named after the wife of Lions Australia founder William Tresise and recognises outstanding humanitarian service.

Tweed Area Librarian Colette Stapleton said the club developed a partnership with Tweed Heads library staff in 2007 to enhance the housebound delivery service.

"The housebound delivery service is free to all Tweed Shire residents who are unable to visit their local library, enabling flexible community access to library resources," Ms Stapleton said.

"The Lioness Club collects and distributes library resources to over 188 housebound borrowers and 28 aged-care facilities using their own vehicles."

Lioness Club Library Coordinator Sonia Smith said the success of the 'library run' comes not only from the service itself, but from the interaction between Lionesses and service recipients.

"After consultation with users, library staff pack into boxes and bags a selection of items for delivery, ranging from approximately 10 items for individuals and up to three boxes each facility, which we then deliver," Ms Smith said.

"For many of the housebound, human contact is a precious commodity - highly-prized and always welcomed. Our library run continues as more housebound individuals and aged-care facilities sign on, while others cease."

For information on the housebound delivery service, contact Tweed Heads Library on 5569 3150.


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