From skin cancer screening vans, childhood cancer and diabetes awareness, to medical alert dogs, disaster relief, youth and ground-breaking research in Alzheimer’s – the Lions Australia National Convention was a real celebration of the magic of community service.
From bushfires and floods and even the spread of COVID-19, Lions volunteers are always there for the community and this was the theme at the 2021 National Convention, as Lions Australia gears up for its 75-year anniversary next year.
Hundreds of volunteers and community leaders heard from inspirational speakers including media personality and skin cancer awareness advocate Deborah Hutton, Lions Alzheimer’s Foundation’s Director of Research Professor Ralph Martins AO and Rear Admiral Lee Goddard who heads up the Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative.
There was even a special four-legged presenter taking the stage, with Australian Lions Hearing Dog’s debuting their new Diabetes Medical Alert Dog, Betty.
When disaster strikes in the community, Lions are always there and during his presentation, Rear Admiral Lee Goddard presented a cheque of $130,000 to Australian Lions Foundation to help with its ongoing bushfire recovery support. Over $4.6 million has been raised in the Australian Lions Foundation National Bushfire Appeal and Australian Lions Foundation Chairman Tony Benbow OAM confirmed over $3.7 million has already been distributed to those in need. The Lions grassroots network of 1300 Lions clubs across Australia, enable funds to be distributed quickly to those who need it most.
With over 30,000 volunteers across Australia, there are thousands of different and exciting projects happening in communities across the country every day. Lions Australia CEO Rob Oerlemans says it is an exciting time for the organisation and for people looking to make a difference in their community.
“Lions Australia was thrilled to host our National Convention this year after missing out last year due to COVID-19. As members of our organisation came together to celebrate after two years it was a powerful reminder of the importance of community service and the incredible impact our volunteers make every day. From floods, droughts and bushfires to the spread of COVID-19 it’s been a challenging few years for our country but our volunteers have continued to go above and beyond to support those in need in the community.”
“Lions Australia is very excited to be celebrating our 75th Anniversary in 2022. Our clubs will be kickstarting these celebrations in their communities in coming months and we encourage people in the community to get involved. If you see your local Lions out and about in the community make sure you stop by and say hello and for anyone interested in joining us, now is a great time to do so! If you are interested in making a difference and meeting some likeminded people in the process your local Lions Club is a great way to do this.”
“Our goal is that the demographic makeup of our clubs matches the demography of the community in which they operate. We’re so proud to have a growing number of speciality clubs across Australia ranging from young Leo clubs, virtual clubs, ethnic clubs, special interest and autism clubs. Whatever your interest, chances are there is a Lions club that can help or others in the community who would be interested in starting one with you”
Lions volunteers pay annual membership fees to cover admin costs which means 100% of funds donated to your local Lions Club goes directly towards the cause.
Over $50 million is donated to Lions Australia each year with all funds going directly to important causes and people in need. Over $5 million is invested in youth programs each year, over $20 million is invested in medical research, $5 million in drug awareness, $20 million in hearing services and over 3000 environmental projects are carried out by Lions Australia every year.
If you support Lions maybe you would be interested in finding out more information on how you can get involved? Visit www.lionsclubs.org.au
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