Port Macquarie Tacking Point Lions Club have sent in the clowns, as they raise money for charity with Stardust Circus.
The Lions are continuing a charity campaign started in the 1980's, as they aim to raise $1500 by shaking tins among circus spectators from February 7 to February 17.
Lions' project chairman Stuart Aston said the charity drive had raised over $10,000 for charity in the last four years.
"People dive into their purses for spare change and we get notes as well - Port Macquarie people are always happy to donate to worthy causes," he said.
"We donate to good causes such as Camp Quality, they provide so much for children with cancer.
"Lifeline the money we raise goes towards training, Liberty House, which is the Port Macquarie women's and children's refuge.
"(And to) our own Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation, where over the years we have donated over $11 million dollars to various organisations to get a completion for a cure for cancer."
Stardust Circus ringmaster and media liaison Adam St. James said there had been good audiences so far, as the circus prepares to head to Coffs Harbour and Grafton.
"It's been very good (attendance) so far, it has been down from previous years but nothing too concerned about," he said.
"The people of Port Macquarie love Stardust Circus, we've been coming here for many many years and they're still supporting us.
"Tacking Point Lions Club approached us many years ago when we first started coming to Port Macquarie, we work alongside them every visit to raise money for local charities.
"Over the years I'm sure we have raised thousands and thousands for the town, whether it be cancer research or the women's refuge and we're really thrilled we can team up with the Lions Club to help people in the Port Macquarie area."
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