The Victorian Lions Foundation seeks donations which can either be designated for a specific project or charity, or undesignated which are distributed at the discretion of the Foundation. The Foundation manages the total Capital Funds for five of the supported specific projects.
An example is from the Bionic Ear Replacement Project. Sometimes good deeds just need to keep going. That’s the case with numerous Victorian Lions clubs and the bionic ear project. Lions initially raised more than $1.5 million for research into the original Cochlear Implant (bionic ear) speech processors.
But now those devices, made 30-40 years ago, are failing and need replacing. With that objective, the Victorian Lions Foundation and ABC Radio, through morning radio host Jon Faine, raised funds to replace a speech processor for Simon, whose family were unable to raise the necessary $8000. Simon also needs to be trained to use the new processor.
The Victorian Lions Foundation supports the community in the areas of youth, hearing, vision and research. Supported projects include:
- Lions Crimewatch
- Lions Cancer Research
- Bionics Institute
- Neurobionics Research
- Lions Eye Donation Service
- Victorian Lions Rheumatism & Arthritis Medical Research
- Baker IDI Institute
- National Vision Research Institute
- Centre for Eye Research Australia