To hold friendship as an end and not a means. To hold that true friendship exists not on account of the service performed by one to another, but that true friendship demands nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given
(Lions Code of Ethics)
Most people are familiar with the Lion’s Christmas Cake, fundraising mints, community work and help in emergencies. But did you know the Lions are also valuable contributors to humanitarian causes?
Here are some examples:
Lions Australia and Beyondblue are ‘joining hands’ to fight mental illness and depression.
“We look forward to working closely with Lions Australia to continue raising awareness about anxiety and depression and suicide prevention in the community. With one in six Australians experiencing anxiety, depression or both at any given time, this community partnership is sure to reach people in need of information and support” she said
Lions Clubs provide funding support for mobility devices for children with disabilities and have a long history of supporting initiatives to help people with disabilities. Some of the activities include the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation, Operation Smile and Pre-School Autism Education and Therapy Project.
Lions Australia also has a proud history in Medical Research, including the bionic ear and cervical cancer vaccine, Gardisil. They inspired a young Fred Hollows and continue to provide funding for a range of research initiatives involving diabetes and autism.
Lions support the development of Youth and support of young people in our community through among local projects, the annual Youth of the Year program, Lions Village Licola (a youth camp), Camp Koala, Peace Poster competition, and sponsorship of Leo’s Clubs – the arm of Lions for teenagers.
Lions Australia welcome your interest and invite you to support the work of the foundations or other activities by donating, taking part in activities, or by expressing an interest in joining a Lions Club to help us continue and grow our work and our funding of research.
Interested in volunteering as a member or serving in a board vacancy in the not-for-profit sector?
To join a Lions Club, is by invitation, but applications are encouraged from all members of the community. To find out more just contact a Club near you. Contacts are listed in this article.
One more member gives us two more hands to do service in our community, at home and internationally
Benefits of being a member include fellowship, good times, meeting people, building lasting friendships, service to the community, learning new skills, leadership and personal development.
Membership is open to men and women over the age of 18 years and of good moral character and reputation
Lions are people who get involved in humanitarian efforts locally, nationally, and internationally. Every Lions Club has its own range of local community projects.
People like you can find community service and volunteer opportunities in Lions through:
- Leadership Development
- Medical Research Fundraising
- Disaster Relief
These websites will provide readers with great information about Lions in Australia, and in the Lions District which encompasses the Otways:
Here is a brief 6 minute video about Lions Clubs in Australia.
Apollo Bay Lions Club
PO Box 60, Apollo Bay 3233
Camperdown Lions Club
PO Box 192, Camperdown. 3260
Lions Assist Phone: 0421 138 118
Colac Lions Club
PO Box 138 Colac 3250
Forrest & District Lions Club
C/- Post Office, Forrest 3236
The Lions Club of Forrest & District was formed in 1983. It is actively supporting and district communities of Forrest, Barwon Downs, Gerangamete, Barramunga and Yeodene.
Lorne Lions Club
PO Box 31, Lorne, 3232
Lions Club of Winchelsea
PO Box 78, Winchelsea 3241
Your Chance to Get Involved Organising the Famous Forrest Soupfest
As the first step of a succession plan to have the Otway SoupFest become a Forrest and District event, not just a Lions Club event, we are keen to encourage members of other Forrest and district groups and interested community minded individuals to take on a position as a member of the Otway SoupFest Planning and Management Committee.
The opportunity for other community groups to raise money at the Otway SoupFest is significant. Over the past few years the Barwon Downs Tennis Club has raised enough money from the SoupFest to run their Club for an entire season; the Forrest Learning Centre raised the money to construct the new entrance pergola at the front of the School. These are but a couple of positive examples of how money can be raised (and used) from 1000’s of visitors to Forrest.