MEMBERS of the Port Fairy Belfast Lions Club have rallied around one of their own in a time of need.
Lions club member John Errey and his wife Joy had 600 acres of their Cobrico property affected by the St Patrick's Day fires last March.
For the next 11 months, their fellow Lions club members came out every weekend to help them rebuild the farms fencing network.
So far, 40 kilometres of fencing has been replaced on the farm.
Lions members also planted trees on the farm.
Last Sunday, the couple, in a show of their appreciation, unveiled a sign at the farm with the wording "Port Fairy Belfast Lions Lane, Lions We Serve".
The unveiling was part of a family day put on by the Errey family and attended by Lions club members.
Mr Errey said his family was overwhelmed by the support from the Lions club.
"We are really humbled, the Lions club have been amazing," Mr Errey said.
"The fires threw a real curve ball at us and the community support has been absolutely fantastic.
"We can't thank enough the Lions club and other community members who helped us out.
"We have only been in the Lions club for five years but we feel very welcome and part of the community."
At the time of the fires, the pair were semi-retired and living in Port Fairy, with share farmers on their dairy farm.
With the tenure of that share farmer coming to an end soon after the fires, the couple decided to move back on the farm to consolidate the dairy operation.
"It's not an ideal situation but having the support we have had has helped make it easier," Mr Errey said.
"It might be a five-year journey to get everything back the way we need it again before we can move back to Port Fairy.
"Certainly the help we have had has helped us get off to a good start."
Port Fairy Belfast Lions Club president Keith Gibson said the club was thrilled to have been able to help the couple out.
"It was our way of helping out fellow members who had some bad luck," Mr Gibson said.
"It's nice to know our members have been able to make a difference.
"To see John and Joy so pleased with the help we have been able to provide is very pleasing."