Lions bring cheer to Brooklyn Chest

Sister Tamsin Govender, second from right, welcomes Lions Felicity van Eck, Thys van Eck, Liz Hucks and Mini Lowe to the hospital.

Brooklyn Chest Hospital patients had 100 reasons to smile on Saturday when the Table View Lions Club paid them a visit.

Lions is celebrating its centenary this year, and the Table View club decided to hand out 100 goodie bags -one bag for each year since the organisation was founded by Chicago businessman Melvin Jones in 1917 – to the hospital patients.

Each bag had daily essentials, including toothpaste, a facecloth and deodorant, but the Lions also brought knitted teddy bears for the children at the hospital, and the club members were rewarded with some big smiles on an otherwise gloomy day.

Club president Thys van Eck said it brought them great joy to help those in need.

“We do not do this for publicity. While other organisations brag about every little thing they do for communities, we do this because we genuinely care about the people.”

Club member Liz Hucks is part of Nutty Knitters, an organisation that makes blankets, socks and other knitwear for charity. She made sure those teddy bears were part of the handover.

“We love to help whenever and wherever we can,” she said. “It is everyone’s responsibility to help out with whatever they can. It was lovely chatting with the kids and giving them scones for tea time.”