Armagh Lions handover minibus to Lisanally

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Armagh Lions Club have formally handed over a brand-new specially adapted minibus to Lisanally Special School.

The silver 17 seater, complete with specialist lift and luxury seating, is emblazoned with Lisanally’s symbol of a flowing rainbow and the school crest.

The handover took placed at a reception hosted by Lord Mayor Gareth Keating for guests who played a part in contributing to raising the £33,000 for the minibus, which was achieved in 10 months.

The Lord Mayor welcomed everyone to the Palace, before handing over to Armagh Lions Secretary Malcolm Dawson who outlined how the funds were raised. Along with the annual events held by the Club, Malcolm paid tribute to the vast amount of donations which literally appeared without asking, including cheques from St John’s Bowling Club, Loughgall and proceeds from the Department of Agriculture’s staff barbecue in the summer.

Whilst Armagh Lions held the events and raised the funds, Malcolm was eager to point out the Club is simply the conduit and the funding itself came from the community, along with a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery.