Many of Lions Australia’s hardworking volunteers will be getting out in the community in coming weeks to celebrate the importance of community service in the lead up to Lions Awareness Day.
Held on the 4th of March, Lions Awareness Day is particularly important this year as Australia continues to face some of the worst flooding in history.
“As natural disasters continue to devastate communities, we need volunteers now more than ever,” says Lions Australia’s CEO Rob Oerlemans.
“Lions Australia’s 25,000 plus hardworking volunteers often serve their communities silently behind the scenes. Lions Awareness Day is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the incredible difference our volunteers make and give people an opportunity to learn more about our organisation.”
“When disaster strikes Lions volunteers are the first to offer support. It’s been a big couple of years for our members with many communities impacted by flooding.”
Since the first club was formed in Lismore in 1947, Lions Australia has grown to be the largest service club organisation in Australia, with over 25,000 volunteers. Now, Lions Australia has set a goal of 30,000 members by 2030 and 50,000 members by 2050.
Some Lions are on a mission to cure childhood cancer and diabetes, others are committed to assisting those impacted by drought and floods and many are simply working together to help people in need in their local community. One thing all Lions have in common is together they are making an incredible difference.
“If you see any Lions out in your community in coming weeks, we encourage you to say hello and get some information on what your local club is up to. If you are interested in making a difference, ask your local Lions how you can get involved. We know there are many people out there looking to make a difference in the community right now, and it’s a great time to join us,” says Rob Oerlemans.
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.
For more information about Lions Awareness Day and how to get involved, click here.