During their annual Lions Leadership Retreat formal dinner held at Port Shepstone Country Club on Saturday, the Port Shepstone Lions paid tribute to 35-year-old Graeme Milligan.
Graeme has been the owner and general manager of the Harbourview Superspar and adjacent Tops Bottle Store here in Port Shepstone since July 2013.
A number of years ago, the club approached Graeme and asked whether they could run a food collection at Harbourview Superspar. Graeme was very accommodating and even went the extra mile to provide them with printed leaflets to hand out to customers explaining what food stuffs they could donate.
The club also holds regular diabetes testing clinics at the entrance to Harbourview Superspar, where they always receive a warm welcome and plenty of support from Graeme and the supermarket staff.
During the Knysna fire disaster last year, Port Shepstone Lions spearheaded the KZN South Coast relief efforts and, once again Graeme and Harbourview Superspar were on board, providing discounted foodstuffs and allowing them to collect donations from the entrance to their store.
Graeme more recently agreed to sponsor two Harbourview Superspar shopping trolleys which are being specially branded for their ongoing food collection projects.
Graeme has also been a pillar of support as a supplier for their annual Lions Show and Annual Senior Citizens Christmas luncheon.
Thanks to this extraordinary individual, the club has tested literally hundreds of locals and helped to raise public awareness for diabetes.
They have also managed to provide nutritious food parcels to literally hundreds of local needy families through donations received either directly from Harbourview Superspar or the food collections held at the entrance to the supermarket.
Graeme, is an extraordinary individual with a heart of gold. Port Shepstone Lions are so very grateful to him for what he, with his busy schedule, has done not only for the club but also for the needy communities of the South Coast.
In recognition of his fine efforts Graeme was presented with the highest District 410C award, a Louis Halse Fellowship by Club President Lion Dale Mc Garry.
Photo: Graham Milligan receives a Louis Halse Award from Port Shepstone Lions president Dale Mc Garry. (Denis Meyer)