Gambier City Lions Club donates motor home to Kangaroo Island farming couple

Lions Club members Bob Hagerstrom, David Clifford, John Berden, Yvonne and Ron Hams hand over the Mt Gambier motor home to David and Lynne McArdle.
Lions Club members Bob Hagerstrom, David Clifford, John Berden, Yvonne and Ron Hams hand over the Mt Gambier motor home to David and Lynne McArdle.

The generous donation of fully-fitted out motor home from the Gambier City Lions Club will be the home for David and Lynne McArdle until they can rebuild.

David and Lynne McArdle told the Kangaroo Island Lions clubs that they greatly appreciate the motor home as they recover from the recent disaster.

Representatives of Western KI and Kangaroo Island clubs presented the motor home to the McArdles earlier this month.

The McArdle family is known for breeding prize-winning Polwarth sheep, but they received a major set back when their farm south of Parndana was burnt out in January's fires.

Lions Club of Gambier City president Jan Hellyer said a phone call from KI Lions Club president John Berden opened her club's eyes to the devastation.

"Our Lions Club of Gambier City were very touched to listen to John's phone call Tuesday night, I guess none of us really have any idea what your club let alone the people of KI who has lost everything are going through," she wrote to the KI Lions.

"Our hearts go out to you all. Maybe over the next year or so members from our club will possibly make it across either as a holiday or help re-build. Give our regards to all."

After completing a road trip, Gambier City club members Ray and Heather Doody wanted to donate their motor home to a family in need.

The Taljar property the week after the fires.

The Taljar property the week after the fires.

The motor home has a kitchen, bathroom and bed and will become the makeshift home for the McArdles at their Taljar property.

The Gambier City club also raised $11,000 to help the KI recovery effort and this money will be handed out by the Lions in weeks ahead once other help dwindles.

The Red Cross in Mt Gambier loaded up hygiene packs into the motor home to be brought over, while Lions members also donated towels for wildlife rescues.

With 89 homes destroyed in their fires, there was is no shortage of need on the Island, but the KI Lions clubs worked with the Junction community centre to find a worthy recipient.

The Lions clubs have been flooded with offers of donations, setting up a temporary clearing yard in Kingscote for people to pick up item.

The KI club is now back at its shed at the Kingscote Oval making available items to people in need.

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