NEXT GEN: This group of young people represent the next set of volunteers ready to make Roma a better place. The Lions' Leos Group held their first meeting on Sunday.
NEXT GEN: This group of young people represent the next set of volunteers ready to make Roma a better place. The Lions' Leos Group held their first meeting on Sunday. Tom Gillespie

Meet Roma's youngest volunteer group

ROMA, meet the next generation of community volunteers.

Roma Lions have officially re-launched the Leos Club in the Maranoa, with more than a dozen young people ready to take on high levels of responsibility and help out in their community.

Speaking at the very first meeting on Sunday at Lion's Park, 14-year-old Abbie Busiko said she joined to discover what it would be like.

"I thought it would be a great experience and a lot of fun,” she said.

Lions Club member David Knowles said the group will make it own decisions for fund-raising and charity work, with the guidance of the senior members.

"With a guiding Lion advisor, they'll set their own goals,” he said.

"There will be a Lion at all their meetings, but they'll be autonomous.

"They'll get to decide what they want to do, and we just help them along.

Mr Knowles said the need for more youth volunteer activities had always been there - they just needed to harness it.

"It's just been bubbling along - the kids were there, it was just a case of us getting off our bums and putting it together,” he said.


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