August 2023

Lions Club Bottle Drive

Did You Know …
With 1.3 million members and 47,000 clubs in over 250 countries, Lions is the biggest service club in the world! Known for its focus on helping the visually impaired with many programs, such as third-world vision clinics and Guide Dogs, Lions always stand ready to meet special needs in their community. The Port Carling Lions are very involved in offering a helping hand when needed. You can help! Read on to find out how.

The Port Carling Lions:
  • Help fund four special-needs camps in Muskoka:CNIB Lake Joseph for the visually impaired, Camp Huronda for children with diabetes, Camp Rumble for hearing impaired children and Camp Dorset for children with cancer.
  • Support local schools, hospitals, sports clubs and other charitable agencies on a regular basis.
  • Respond to emergency needs: items when a family has lost all in a fire; helping pay for food or fuel for families in crisis situations.
  • Have a selection of mobility aids for those needing a temporary wheelchair, walker or other device. Anyone can borrow this equipment.

How can they fund this?

It’s easy! This is how.

Port Carling Lions primarily fund these worthy projects via a unique program: “The Bottleworks”. At the Eveleigh Transfer Station, there is a drop-off area where alcohol bottles, beer cans and bottles can be donated (i.e. any alcohol container on which a deposit is paid). The A-Team sorts them according to type, size and colour. The B-Team loads them into their trucks and trailers to take to The Beer Store for the refund.

Not only is this a convenience for people, each year an estimated 500 tons is diverted from garbage into the recycle program. A huge benefit to the environment!

If you were not aware of this service, please consider helping the Port Carling Lions help others through their “Bottleworks” program.