Australian Chapter of Lions Stamp Club want your stamps
THE Australian Chapter of Lions International Stamp Club (LISC) is always looking for postage stamps for their major fund raising used stamp project.
No matter how big or how small, they are seeking used and unused postage stamps, unwanted collections, first day covers, old postage labels, post office packs - in fact anything connected with philately.
Everything that is donated to them is sold and every cent is passed on to the Australian Lions Childrens' Mobility Foundation to be used to purchase walking frames for children born with cerebral palsy.
The secretary of the Australian Chapter, Lion Ross Paine said "the biggest items donated each year are Australian and foreign stamps that have been clipped from envelopes leaving an edge of about 3mm (1/8") around the stamp - we receive approximately 400 kilos of these stamps every year".
The stamps are sorted into 10 kilo boxes and then sold at the NSW Philatelic Association auctions held in Sydney every 4 months and from these small envelope corners, when all put together, we can turn them into an excellent fundraiser. "In fact", he said.
"We turned them into $13500 in the past 12 months and a cheque for this amount was handed over to the foundation at the Australian Lions Convention held in Echuca in May".
It was a record effort on the part of the 20 Australian members of LISC and one they are keen to break again this year.
If you think you would like to assist, Ross would love to hear from you. He can be contacted on 07 5448 1592 or email@example.com
He is an active member of the Lions Club of Peregian here on the Sunshine Coast and has been co-ordinating this project for over 20 years.