Following the success of the Lions beyondblue ‘Joining Hands’ project Lions clubs are again coming together under a National Category C project to tackle social isolation, depression, and anxiety. ‘Lions Care’ offers three ways for Clubs to show they care:
Be a beyondblue bridge builder: By simply reaching out to isolated community members and inviting them to join in club life you can help people reconnect.
Be a Black Dog Ride ambassador: BDR are back on the road taking their suicide prevention message to communities across Australia. You can help by welcoming and feeding hungry riders or, if a ride isn’t coming to your town, why not host a BDR speaker at a community meeting?
Be a Lions’ Great Mate: Many Lions clubs are great mates with other organisations working to improve mental health outcomes in their communities. You can build on this mateship by developing new local projects that address mental health.
This year participating clubs can compete for one of three Melvin Jones ‘Lions Care’ awards. The award winners– one for each of the three program categories- will be announced at the 2016 Lions Australia National Convention to be held in Echuca.
For more information about Black Dog Ride’s mission go to http://www.blackdogride.com.au/view/about/ourmission or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the beyondblue Connections Matter campaign visit http://www.beyondblue.org.au/resources/for-me/older-people/connections-matter. You can also download the beyondblue Lions brochure.
Entries for the Lions Care Awards close 18 April 2016. Please note this is a community service project and does not have a fundraising component. If you wish to donate to any of these organisations please send donations directly to them.
To enter, download and complete the Lions Care entry form and email email@example.com
Or send to:
Locked Bag 2000
Newcastle NSW 2300.
Copies of the Lions Care E-Brochure can be downloaded here.