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In the generosity stakes, the Alexandra Lions Club is punching well above its weight.

The club, which has just over 30 members, has given more than $42,000 to various community organisations in the past 12 months alone.

The bulk of the funds has been used within the Alexandra area, from maintenance of the town’s entrance signs and clock to the upgrade of the motorhome dump station, through to emergency services, Dunstan High School and Dunstan Hospital.

Just three organisations outside Central Otago received funds from the club – although Central families still benefited.

The Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, the Lions Club Child Mobility Foundation – a nationwide fund which assists children with mobility disabilities – and Starship Children’s Hospital received $22,800 between them.

Lions clubs throughout New Zealand are funding a new paediatric intensive care unit (ICU) at the children’s hospital, the cost of which is expected to be $500,000.

Alexandra Lions Club past president Barry McCall said it was “hugely satisfying” to know the group was having an impact on the community, despite the club’s small size.

“For a start you think you’re only doing hot dogs and chips and giving money away,” he said.

“It’s not just the money, but what the money is being used for – the money is only a smallish part of what we achieve.”

Club secretary Guy Harris agreed.

“We know at the end of the day someone who needs it, is going to benefit from it,” he said.