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Lions club donation supports Cochlear Implant association

Posted on Oct 4th 2017 by in Health, Lions100, News

After 50 years of service, the Brisbane Camp Hill Carindale Lions Club continues to provide vital support to the local community.

Having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, the Brisbane Camp Hill Carindale Lions Club continues its excellent record of support to the local community.

“The Club generally distributes $25,000–$30,000 each year, but also holds some cash in reserve for urgent projects or cases of need that may arise during the year,” says current Club president, Kerry Kilpatrick.

Kerry Kilpatrick and CICADA Secretary Shirley

Mental health, cancer research, homelessness and assistance for those with neurological impairments are all a key focus for the 29-member Club, as is supporting hearing impaired organisations such as Hear and Say and the Cochlear Implant Club and Advisory Association (CICADA) Queensland, which offers advice, support and education on cochlear implants.

Last year, CICADA received a $1000 Lions Australia Community 100 grant, which they put towards the launch of the book, Symphony of Stories, at a special event during Hearing Awareness Week on 27 August.

“CICADA Queensland is a small volunteer organisation that delivers high impact outcomes for individuals in the community with serious hearing impairment,” says Kerry, who attended the successful event, held at the Shore Restaurant and Bar in Southbank. “The Brisbane Camp Hill Carindale Lions Club also supported through our annual funding disbursement.”

Symphony of Stories is CICADA’s second book on people with cochlear implants; the first, Real People Real Stories, published in 2014, sold out.

“The launch of the book was met with great enthusiasm,” says Kerry. “The stories were written by individuals explaining their own journey with hearing loss and their path back to hearing with cochlear implants – very inspiring.”

For Hearing Awareness Week in 2017, CICADA joined forces with Cochlear Limited Brisbane, Hear for You and the Hear and Say organisations to hold a Family and Friends Fun Day. The organisation hopes to continue working with the Brisbane Camp Hill Carindale Lions Club.

“The Community 100 funding from the Lions enabled us to provide those little extras that all add up to a very successful and enjoyable event,” says Shirley Edwards, secretary of CICADA, on the 2016 event. “Our experience was, and is, very rewarding being involved with the Brisbane Camp Hill Lions Club. We will work with them whenever we can.”

For more information on CICADA Queensland, call (07) 3824 5003 or visit cicadaqld.com.au. To contact the Brisbane Camp Hill Carindale Lions Club, visit brisbanecamphillcarindale.qld.lions.org.au

Story courtesy of Country Style Magazine

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