The Peachland Lions Club's first commemorative Christmas ornament features the historic Peachland schoolhouse. (Steve Sweeney/Contributed)

Peachland Lions Club launch Christmas ornaments for a cause

Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will go toward the Historic School Plaza Accessibility Society

The Peachland Lions Club has a new fundraiser and this first year is dedicated to helping raise money for the Historic School Accessible Plaza Society.

The fundraiser will see the club selling commemorative Christmas ornaments made of pewter. Club president Steve Sweeney said new members John and Linda Craven brought the idea to them.

“They’re from northern Ontario, and there’s a Lions Club in their community where they have this fundraiser,” he said.

“They’ve been making annual Christmas ornaments for a few years now and they’ve become collectible within the community.

“So when John and Linda joined our club, they brought up the idea and it really resonated with everyone.”

Sweeney said the hope is to have a new engraving on the ornament every year, focusing on raising money for various organizations and causes within Peachland.

This year’s ornaments are limited to 200, with each ornament priced at $20. Sweeney said the club will officially start marketing and selling them on June 1.

“If there is a good demand on them and we sell out in a few months, then we definitely will do another cast,” he said.

As for future versions of the ornament and other organizations they will support, Sweeney said it’s a little too early to tell now.

“It’ll be up to the club… but there are other historic parts of Peachland that would certainly merit some consideration over the years.”

The medallions will be sold through the Peachland Lions Club website and will also be available to buy at the Visitor Centre.

All of the proceeds will go towards making the historic schoolhouse more accessible by installing a ramp.

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