MAURIE Tench feels proud that he and his pride of Hervey Bay Lions have raised about $1 million for the community since the club's conception.

The 71-year-old man is the longest serving member of the Hervey Bay Lions club, which turns 50 this month.

And Maurie, who has volunteered with the group for about 49 of those years, is still adamant great things are better achieved by groups of people rather than through individual efforts alone.

"The club has raised about $1 million throughout it's lifetime for the Hervey Bay community and about $300,000 in total for medical research," he said.

While a commitment to selling raffle tickets and manning sausage sizzle stands is required at times, Maurie said his experiences with the Hervey Bay Lions Club had been invaluable.

"You get out of it what you put in and you get friendship, camaraderie and the reward of knowing you have helped," he said.

Club president Rhondda McKinnon, who volunteers about every second day, said she can't wait for the Hervey Bay Lions Club 50th anniversary party next year.

While the party had been planned to take place earlier this week, it has now been pushed back to next year.



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