As the world is gripped by the devastating series of massive bushfires across Australia, Weymouth & Portland Lions Club is doing its bit.

All Lions Clubs in the UK are launching an appeal to support the victims of the tragedy and have already donated in excess of A$250,000 in advance.

The money will go directly to local Lions Clubs in the affected area in Australia and they can make the decision what is needed, as this may vary in different areas.

100 per cent of the money goes to victims of the disaster.

At least 28 people have been killed in the tragedy so far, which has affected almost five million hectares in New South Wales alone.

Although there has been some recent rainfall, officials warn high temperatures could return at anytime over the next two months – and with that, the risk of fire.

If you would like to take part in this appeal and add to our clubs donation of £200, please make cheques payable to “Weymouth & Portland Lions Club” and write Australian bushfire appeal on the back of the cheque or contact our Lions treasurer in Weymouth on 07971 441214 and discuss how you can help with the appeal. Please post cheques to, Weymouth & Portland Lions Club, C/O Hotel Rembrandt, 12 -18 Dorchester Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7JU. Thank you.