The Bantry Bay Lions hosted the inaugural “Bed Push Race” on Sunday, June 19 in the Slob Car Park in Bantry. This was an event comprising 14 teams who competed in a knockout format to race around a course in a bed. There would be one person in the bed and 4 people pushing it through a course constructed with bales of hay which were procured by Lion Dolf D'hondt. The beds were sourced by Lions Jerry Harrington and Dolf, with the latter instrumental in making them ready for racing.
Jerry Harrington assumed the role of President of the Bantry Bay Lions from Marion Rouse on August 11.
Club members thanked Marion for the leadership she provided over the last few years and welcomed Jerry to his new position.
Pictured are Marion and Jerry with his chain of office.
As an adjunct to the Bed Push event held in July, there was a red double decker bus in the car park with quite an interesting history. In 1969, nine young English men in their early twenties decided to travel around the world using this bus, a journey that took 3 years. The upper deck was converted into beds and the bus has toured several countries since then raising money for charities. A film of their journey was shown to a packed house in the Cineplex the night before the race and was very well received.
The Bantry Bay Lions, in collaboration with the HSE, will be offering a SafeTalk training session on Thursday, 26th May from 10am to 1.30pm at the Maritime Hotel in Bantry.
On Friday, April 22 the Bantry Bay Lions Club held a bucket collection in Bantry town to raise funds to help the Ukrainian disaster relief effort. A total of €1159.65 was donated, a very generous amount given the hard times people are experiencing with price rises occurring on everything.