This popular annual event is being held again on Saturday 28 January 2023, from 10am to 4pm and run by The Lions Club of Mana.
Enjoy the very best of locally-made crafts, artisan food, and refreshments in a lovely rural setting at the Eat Drink and Be Crafty Fair. There will also be a live band and plenty of entertainment for all ages – it’s sure to be a great family day out everyone.
The proceeds from the day will support Wellington Free Ambulance and local Porirua Community Charities.
Where: Greater Wellington’s Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, 608 Paekakariki Hill Road, Porirua, Wellington
Admission: Gold coin donation
Mana Lions Club meetings and Membership
Mana Lions Club currently is holding regular Club meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evening of each month at our usual venue, the Mana Cruising Club. All Club members are fully vaccinated and follow routine COVID-19 meeting protocols.
If you are interested in learning more about Mana Lions and possibly becoming a Member, please click click HERE for more contact information, and we will arrange for you to attend one of our meetings as our guest.
Ronald McDonald House Annual Golf Tournament
Ronald McDonald House is a Lions project that was started by Silverstream Lions and taken on board by our District. Together we contributed to a whole wing of rooms at Ronald McDonald House in Wellington known as "The Lions Den". Mana Lions together with Johnsonville and Karori Lions purchased a room in the Den.
Mana Lions runs BBQs outside Bunnings in Porirua to raise funds for use in the local community. This could not be done without the support of Bunnings (who provide the BBQ equipment), and New World Paremata who donate the goods sold at the BBQ.
Other Major Mana Lions Activities
Mana Lions Club conducts a range of other activities throughout the year to either provide financial support (via funds raised from Club projects) for local service organisations and for local people requiring assistance, including: Street collections for national and local charities including: Child Cancer Appeal; Red Poppy Appeal; Red Puppy Appeal; Mary Potter Hospice; Wellington Free Ambulance; Pink Ribbon Appeal.
Mana Lions held its inaugural Classic Car Show at Plimmerton School on a Sunday in May 2021 with proceeds from the event going to Mana Coastguard. The show was well supported with about 90 classic cars from different models attending. Plimmerton School PTA also did a great job organising food and coffee for those in attendance. The 2022 Show scheduled in March has been postponed due to COVID restrictions.
Mana Lions has a small but select team that contributes monthly to the Wellington Regional Council pest eradication program at Battle Hill Farm Park by clearing and resetting traps. In the photos below the team is posing in front of Battle Hill’s antique tractor after a successful haul that day of 3 ferrets and 4 rats.
This photo shows some of the nearly 300 guests enjoying last year’s Mana Lions Annual Porirua Senior Citizens Christmas Party Luncheon in mid-December at Te Rapauraha Arena. Mayor Anita Baker and local MP Barbara Edmonds joined Mana Lions members to serve the guests, and the Porirua Brass Band once again provided musical entertainment throughout the event. A great way to start the Holiday Season!.
In the months leading up to Christmas each year, Mana Lions is busy selling around 400 Lions Christmas cakes to help support Camp Quality – a volunteer charitable trust dedicated to running camps where fun, friendship and a can-do culture inspires children living with cancer to overcome the challenges they are facing.
Here is a photo below of Club members celebrating the completion and ‘dedication’ of the Mana Lions BBQ Shelter constructed by club in ‘The Dell’ area at Battle Hill Farm Park. Building the shelter was also a Centenary Project for the Club, and features an electric barbeque that can be used anytime during Park hours by the public.
One local charity supported in recent years by Mana Lions is WELLfed - an outstanding initiative led by local people in Porirua aimed at giving family members basic cooking skills, recipes and kitchen equipment to prepare and make their own healthy meals and food at home. The picture below shows Mana Lion Roger Watkin presenting a cheque to Rebecca Morahan, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of WELLfed.