When Marilyn Buzzard’s roof was deteriorating, she found herself in a tough situation. On a fixed income and with a hefty bill for her husband Bob’s care home, she didn’t know how she’d make ends meet.
“I needed a new roof, and with the added cost of paying for my husband in a care facility, I couldn’t afford it,” she admitted. It turns out she could get by — with a little help from her friends.
Bob Buzzard is the eldest member of the Mill Bay Lions Club.
“During the course of the last few years his medical condition came to the point that he was no longer able to attend our meetings, and we as a club, have kept his membership up to date and dues paid,” explained club member Earl Gregory. “Bob had to be admitted into an establishment that was able to help look after his needs and condition. This, however, is not inexpensive and takes all of their disposable income from Bob’s pension.”
The Lions Club means a lot to the Buzzards and their extended family. Marilyn and Bob’s son-in-law Brian Marchaler and grandson Barrett Marchaler are also members. When the Marchalers told the club of Marilyn’s situation, they rallied on her behalf.
“The Lions stepped in and have supplied all the labour and total cost, saving us thousands of dollars,” Marilyn explained. “We were active members of Mill Bay Lions for many years and experienced many interesting and varied activities. Little did I know I would be the one asking for help, and it really made me realize what a wonderful gift they are to our community. Every week in and week out, they work quietly behind the scenes and Bob and I are proud to have served with them.”
It’s just what they do, Gregory explained.
“The Mill Bay Lions are always willing to step up when we hear of hardships that anybody has to endure. This was also the case when one of our own was having troubles,” he said. “Lion Brian Marchaler brought the news of their deteriorating roof to the club and mentioned the financial hardship that Marilyn was facing and asked if we thought we would be able to help in any way. This was an easy question for us all to answer, and hence came the new roof.”
The efforts of the club won’t soon be forgotten.
“I would like to give the Mill Bay Lions Club a heartfelt thanks for the amazing work they do for our community,” Marilyn said. “If you have time on your hands, join up. I promise you won’t be bored.”