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Leeds Lions Disabled Youth Exchange

Leeds Lions Disabled Youth Exchange 2017
We took a dozen youths over to Germany for a weeks holiday where they were looked after and entertained by Lions Club of Germany. One chap - whilst on the plane over there - said he wanted to get off the plane and didn't want to go. However, a couple of days into the holiday he said he didn't want to come home!

The project is jointly organised by Leeds and Leeds Skyrack Lions Clubs. It was the 47th Exchange. The following Lions Clubs gave support to the Exchange this year: Harrogate, Holderness, Keighley, Otley, Warmsworth Edlington, and York.

In Germany, Bad Sooden-Allendorf Lions Club organised the Exchange with support from Eschwege, Hann. Münden, and Melsungen Lions Clubs.
Leeds lions disabled exchange 2017 - departure The Cherry Queen is chosen because - would you believe it? - she could spit a cherry stone further than anyone else! The Cherry Queen of Witzenhausen demonstrating cherry stone spitting One of our group, Natasha Davison, trying her hand at cherry stone spitting
Lions disabled exchange 2017 - Departure With the Cherry Queen of Witzenhausen The Cherry Queen  demonstrating cherry stone spitting Natasha Davison, trying her hand at cherry stone spitting
One of our group, Dan Travers, in the all electric VW police car at Göttingen police station Another of our group, Klaudia Partyka, in the all electric VW police car at Göttingen police station One of our group, Mark Walker, feeding the animals at the nature park in Eschwege One of our group, Josh Smith, feeding animals at the nature park in Eschwege
Dan Travers, in the all electric VW police car at Göttingen Klaudia Partyka in the all electric VW police car at Göttingen Mark Walker feeding the animals at the nature park in Eschwege  Josh Smith feeding animals at the nature park in Eschwege
Dan Travers and Horse Grenz Museum Feeding the animals Feeding the animals
Dan Travers and Horse At the Grenz Museum Feeding the animals Feeding the animals
Leeds Lions Disabled Youth Exchange 2016
Where we exchange young disabled and disadvantaged folk for a weeks holiday. Our exchange involves four Lions Clubs - Leeds, Leeds Skyrack, Garforth and District and Otley.

As some of you might already know, I belong to The Lions - Leeds Lions to be exact and we do whatever we can to help the community as do other Lions in their neck of the woods. There are Lions all over the world which is how we come to do an Exchange.

This Exchange was started 46 years ago by Leeds Lions and is still running today.

We run it with help from other local Lions Clubs who provide days out for the youths. This years involvement came from Leeds Skyrack Lions who took them to York Railway Museum, Knaresborough Lions enjoyed a trip to Brimham Rocks, Otley Lions went to Bolton Abbey where they boarded a steam train and went boating on the river and Harrogate Lions took them to Horticap in Leeds (Where some of the youths there will be chosen for the return trip to Germany next year) where they tucked into a BBQ.

Leeds Lions enjoyed a meeting with The Lord Mayor at The Civic Hall, a Disco, a visit to Roundhay Park to listen to the Wetherby Silver Band, a trip to Hunslet Club (the building of which was financed many years ago by Leeds Lions) where they tried out sports they had not tried before and finally The Royal Armouries.

One of Leeds Lions days took place at our house where everyone enjoyed Fish & Chips from a mobile fish & chip van followed by designer ice-cream where each person was given the opportunity to choose which flavour ice-cream they wanted and then add fruits, chocolate flakes, sprinkles, toppings, coulis, meringue's and mallow's. We enjoyed music from the fabulous Malcolm Povah and his Banjo. We also had cakes galore and a little of the alcoholic stuff. The sun shone (for a few minutes) followed by cloud. So coats - on and off - must have been dizzy! But, a great day was had.

They stayed at Hinsley Hall in Headingley and all went away saying it was one, if not the, best experience of their lives.
Leeds Lions Disabled Youth Exchange - Outside Hinsley Hall  German Exchange - Bolton Abbey Station with Corvin 2 -   OTLEY DAY 2016  Visit to Horticap where everyone enjoyed a BBQ  Outside Leeds Restaurant - Brasserie Blanc 
'Bowshaws' Party  Vitali and 'The Queen' at Bolton Abbey Station  Corvin 'driving the steam train' at Bolton Abbey  Corvin and Caroline Dancing 
Black The Cat enjoying the day  Everyone in Knaresborough  More kids in Knaresborough  Our Peacock - Ashley - looking for food scraps after the event 
Lion Caroline and the German Exchange 2014

 Where we exchange young disabled and disadvantaged folk for a weeks holiday. Our exchange involves four Lions Clubs - Leeds, Leeds Skyrack, Garforth and District and Otley.
They had fun-filled days including trips to The Deep in Hull, a trip to the seaside, days out Bowling and Boxing.
On Sunday they listened to the Oompah Band in Roundhay Park before heading to a garden-party at Caroline's where everyone enjoyed fish and chips from the Flying Pan mobile van and made designer ice-cream with a variety of ice-creams, jelly, fruit, sprinkles, wafers, marshmallows all topped off with fresh cream.
Lion Gail supervised games of boules and Lion President Peter Sandeman provided German pop songs on 7 inch vinyl records which Lion John played on the Jukebox.
And The Sun Shone!
Image of the German Exchange - At Bowshaws and in Leeds Image of the German Exchange - At Bowshaws and in Leeds Image of the German Exchange - At Bowshaws and in Leeds Image of the German Exchange - Lion Caroline with Elvis
Image of the German Exchange - Lion President Peter telling a German joke. They laughed anyway! Image of the German Exchange - The Management having a well-earned rest! Image of the German Exchange - Everyone together. Image of the German Exchange - Outside Brasserie Blanc Restaurant.
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