HE SAYS the opportunities he's had in Australia are a hundred times more than those he would have had in his native India, so Wayne Franshaw (pictured) is committed to giving something back.
A zone chairman for Lions Clubs International for south-west Sydney, Mr Franshaw recently started a club at Wattle Grove.
"We've had a terrific response from the area so far," Mr Franshaw said.
"Local residents are very passionate about helping the community.
"I came to Australia in 1970 and I am very grateful for everything this country has given me, so for me personally, community work is a way of giving back.
"But I've found that many people love to get involved in causes and help the community.
"It's very rewarding."
He said the club, which has been given a meeting room by New Brighton Golf Club at Moorebank, is growing.
"The club started just a few months ago and we've got 23 members already, but of course we're looking for more to join.
"We've got people in their 20s to people in their 60s."
He said Wattle Grove had never had a Lions club.
"The area has its own identity and it's good for it to have its own club.
"We held a Mother's Day raffle when we first started and raised $2500 which we used to buy a tilted wheelchair to donate to HammondCare aged care facility in Hammondville.
"We're thinking of holding an outdoor breakfast, a golf day and a high tea."
To join call Mr Franshaw, 0407 358 593.