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    Northern Gold Coast Volunteer Awards

    Runaway Bay Lions Club were thrilled to witness two of our hard working Lions be recognised today at the Northern Gold Coast Volunteer Awards ceremony. Lions Jeannie Ward and Geoff Lauff were worthy recipients of this annual award. Lion Jeannie is manager of our Recycle for Sight program which see thousands of spectacles recycled to under privileged recipients overseas. Lion Geoff is our Treasurer, and Community Liaison Officer who forges strong relationships on behalf of the club with many local community organisation..he has also been known to put on a pretty good gig every year called Carols by Candlelight. Congratulations Jeannie and Geoff.


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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS SUPPORTS NEPAL YOUTH

    Runaway Bay Lions Club were thrilled to be able support Nepal youth by donating $3,000 worth of sporting equipment to 7 schools across various regions in Nepal recently.

    Shuttle Time Connect is a program which links schools in Nepal with Schools in Australia through the shared experience of sport. Runaway Bay Lions Club were keen to play a role, and providing sporting equipment has proven to be an effective boost to the program.

    The program is a component project of Shuttle Time Nepal, which is a school badminton program which aims to promote peace, health and social inclusion in Nepal and has reached over 500 school teachers across all five regions of Nepal.

    Badminton Australia, in association with, Sports Matters, is delivering the Shuttle Time Nepal program which supported by the Australian Government under the Asian Sports Partnerships (ASP).

    Shuttle Time is the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF’s) highly successful primary school introductory program for Badminton. Shuttle Time has now been introduced in 100 countries and has resources available in 17 languages.

    Sports Matters, on behalf of Runaway Bay Lions Club distributed a range of equipment, including cricket bats and balls, soccer balls, soccer clothing, kit bags which were received with great excitement by the local kids in Nepal.


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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS COACH YOUNG GARDENERS

    Runaway Bay Lions Club are providing coaching and support to local youth doing it tough through the provision of a vegetable and herb garden at Bill Hoyer House.

    Bill Hoyer House, operated by the Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth, provides a safe place to stay for young people, aged between 16 and 18, with nowhere else to go. Bill Hoyer House is funded by The Queensland Government Department of Housing and Public Works.

    Runaway Bay Lions Club have established and maintained a vegetable and herb garden to provide the residents of Bill Hoyer House a project that they can engage with on a daily basis.

    Bunnings Arundel very kindly donated modular garden beds, Tiny’s Budget Landscape Supplies the soil, in support of the project, and Runaway Bay Lions Club has provided all the materials, plants and labour to establish the garden.

    Lions Club members attend the garden each week, providing advice and tips on how to maintain and tend the garden. The residents keep the garden watered and tended each day, and of course harvest the produce when ready.

    The garden, which is a great way to introduce young people gardening, conservation, plant recognition and a love of nature, has been a real hit, with the young residents really engaged with the project
    If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of people, contact can be made by email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535..


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    PHOTO : Runaway Bay Lions Anja and Gail tend the garden


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    LIONS HELP BRING JOY TO THE NORTHERN GOLD COAST

    MEDIA RELEASE – LIONS HELP BRING JOY TO THE NORTHERN GOLD COAST
    The halls are rocking in Northern Gold Coast with Community Variety Shows providing a low cost social activity for predominantly senior residents. Runaway Bay Lions Club, in association with the City of Gold Coast, are thrilled to be involved in assisting the running the series of shows held at various venues each month.
    Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Newhaven Funerals and 94.1FM, attendees enjoy a 2 hour cabaret style show, sandwiches, cakes and lucky door prizes for just a small $5 entry fee.
    The rock n roll show featuring “The Dukes” has had the 150 odd attendees rocking through the ages since 2014, and has grown into a very popular morning event, which means booking a seat is essential.
    The next in the series of shows will be held at ;
    - Albert Waterways Community Centre – 18th October (bookings 5581 1815)
    - Helensvale Cultural Centre – 15th November (bookings 5582 9187)
    - Upper Coomera Centre – 6 December (bookings 5582 9327)
    Runaway Bay Lions Club has been serving our local community for more than 42 years, raising money through various activities, and as is the case with all Lions events, every cent raised is returned to the community through donations to local, national and international charities, community groups and individuals in need.
    If you are interest in joining this wonderful group of people, contact can be made be email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535..

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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS DONATE BRAILLE MACHINE FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

    Students with visual impairment at Labrador State School can now use Braille in a regular classroom setting and be totally integrated, writing, reading and sharing information in both Braille and print thanks to the provision of a new Mountbatten Braille Whisperer funded by the Runaway Bay Lions Club.

    For the students and their teachers, the Mountbatten offers connectivity, resources and software to support flexible teaching and individual educational needs through the interaction with mainstream devices like phones and tablets, which brings children with visual impairments even closer to their peers, teachers and families.

    In 1991 the Mountbatten became was the first electronic Braille writer to produce hard copy Braille for a student. The Mountbatten was developed with funds granted by bequest in the will of Lord Mountbatten to create a modern, low cost, portable Braille writer

    Since that time the Mountbatten has seen many improvements and upgrades. The newest upgrade, the Mountbatten Whisper, may be the most exciting improvement yet, with the technology connection between the student and the teacher enabling the visually impaired student to be integrated into the mainstream class.

    Runaway Bay Lions Club was pleased to purchase this wonderful machine for Labrador State School students, Kaylah and Sunny. Special Education Teacher, Melinda Tomlinson, reports that the children are thrilled with their Mountbatten, and is confident that it will provide significant benefits to their education needs.

    If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of people, contact can be made by email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535.

    As Lions we serve together.


    PHOTO : Steve Grech of Runaway Bay Lions, with Labrador State School students Kaylah and Sunny, and their Mountbatten Braille Whisperer


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  • RUNAWAY BAY LIONS CLUB DONATES $53,000

    The Runaway Bay Lions Club is proud to announce that during the 2016 -17 year it donated in excess of $53,000 to over 65 Charities, Community Groups, Disaster Appeals and individuals in need.

    This growing band of members has been very active raising funds through a range of activities and community events. In addition, the club has received fantastic support by way of Grants and Sponsorship funds from GCCC Division 3 Councillor Cameron Caldwell, GCCC Division 4 Councillor Krystin Boulton and the Federal Member for Fadden, The Hon Stuart Robert MP.

    Runaway Bay Lions are very grateful to have the significant support of Runaway Bay Centre, Bunnings Arundel and City of Gold Coast that enables us to utilise their facilities for fundraising projects and to conduct Community Events.

    So where did all that money go? Well, as per our Lions charter, every cent raised went back into the Community.

    $46,000 was donated to Charities and Community Events (Local - $28,000), (Queensland - $11,000), Australian and International ($6,000).

    A further $7000 was distributed in Disaster Relief support of those affected by Floods, Bushfires, Earthquakes, Storms and Cyclones both in Australia and Internationally.

    In support of our local businesses, $35,000 was injected back into our local economy purchasing food, stock, equipment and services to enable us to conduct fundraising and hold Community events.

    If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of people, contact can be made by email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535.


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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS RAISE FUNDS TO SUPPORT THOSE DOING IT TOUGH IN OUR COMMUNITY

    Runaway Bay Lions Club, in association with Runaway Bay Centre, conducted the annual Easter Raffle again this year, with all proceeds going to support the work of Friends with Dignity.

    In conjunction with the raffle, collections were also taken to support those impacted by Cyclone Debbie.

    The generosity of the shopping public, traders and management at Runaway Bay Centre knows no bounds with in excess of $4,000 raised in just 4 days for these two great causes.

    Friends with Dignity is a national not-for-profit community organisation providing assistance to men, women and children who have been displaced by domestic violence. They work with a network of refuges and community services to provide critical and practical service for those displaced due to domestic violence.

    Runaway Bay Lions Club was pleased to provide $2,500 in support of this wonderful organisation. Lucky winner of the raffle, Louise of Southport, generously re-donated a giant teddy (part of the prize) back to the Lions Club to raise more funds at the giant Paradise Point Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea coming up next month.

    The Category 4 Cyclone Debbie is estimated to have caused billions of dollars worth of damage to the Whitsundays region while flooding wrought major havoc down the Qld coastline and over the border into NSW.

    The response to the cause by the shopping public at Runaway Bay Centre was so generous with $1500 being donated to support those impacted by the effects of Cyclone Debbie

    Our sincere thanks to Runaway Bay Centre for supporting us in these projects.

    As is the case with all Lions projects, every single cent raised from the public is returned to the community.
    If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of people at Runaway Bay Lions Club, contact can be made by email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535


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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS WRAPS THE LOVE FOR SAILABILITY GOLD COAST

    Imagine the thrill of sailing for people who can feel & hear but have no sight, or of sailing a boat at speed yet they cannot walk or where deafness does not matter. Sailability is a true community non-profit organisation whose principal purpose is to facilitate sailing and boating for people of all ages with mental & physical disability.
    Runaway Bay Lions Club wrapped the love at Christmas in support of Sailability. With the support of Runaway Bay Centre, Runaway Bay Lions Club, in conjunction with the Zonta Club of Paradise Point, raised funds by undertaking a gift wrapping service at Runaway Bay Centre during the two weeks prior to Christmas.
    Sailability believe in making the impossible happen and with the help of approximately 50 volunteers every Tuesday they are able to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to make their dreams of freedom on the water a reality.
    The sport of sailing has given added meaning to the words freedom & fun for a person with diminished capabilities be they physical, intellectual or both. They see 80-100 clients every week come back from there sail with the biggest smiles on their faces that only warm your heart.
    Runaway Bay Lions Club was pleased to put a little extra wind in the sails of this wonderful community group by presenting Sailability with a cheque for $5,000 recently. This is addition to the $2,000 Runaway Bay Lions presented last year.
    The community spirit of the management, traders and shopping public at Runaway Bay Centre has produced yet another successful outcome from the Christmas gift wrapping. As is the case with all Lions projects, every single cent raised from the public is returned to the community
    If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of people, contact can be made by email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535.

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    Photo – Representatives from Runaway Bay Lions Club and Sailability Gold Coast at the official cheque handover


    For more information or for photo opportunities contact: Steve Grech 0419905632


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    Bill Hendy memorial Award presented to Runaway Bay Lions

    In recognition of the amazing membership growth at Runaway Bay Lions we were recently presented with the Bill Hendy Memorial Award

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    Runaway Bay Lions Club support Story Dogs.

    Runaway Bay Lions Club are proud to announce its support of Story Dogs.

    Story Dogs is a comprehensive literacy program built around the appealing idea of children and young adolescents reading to dogs. Story Dogs improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method - reading to a dog. But not just any dog. Story Dogs are accredited companion animals who volunteer with their owner/handler as a team, going to schools and libraries.

    Local Story Dog “Lizzy” is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who helps children at Labrador State School, under the supervision of her owner Jo. Lizzy and Jo visit the school every week, on the same day, and at the same time, for approximately 2 hours. Students have come to cherish their Story Dog Team.

    Runaway Bay Lions are pleased to be able to sponsor Lizzy in this most valuable program that improves the communication and reading skills of local kids.

    Photo – (L to R) Story Dogs team, Agnes, Jo and Lizzy with Lion President Jean McNeil at the sponsorship presentation


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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS CLUB HELPS HOMELESS YOUTH



    Runaway Bay Lions Club are proud to announce the awarding of a $1,000 grant in support of the The Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth.

    The Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth (GCPHY) is a local organisation, serving the Gold Coast area since 1984, offering a transitional program that aims to break the cycle of homelessness, GCPHY houses young people aged 16-19 and supports young people up to the age of 25.

    Homelessness affects a whole community, and yet for the entire Gold Coast there are only 7 crisis beds for youth. GCPHY, in partnership with Villa World Homes, is constructing a second 7-bed crisis facility for homeless youth, and Runaway Bay Lions Club is pleased to assist.

    The grant will be used to purchase sporting and recreation equipment for future residents of this home. Recreational outlets are invaluable for these young people, assisting with recovery from trauma, developing social and communication skills, and teaching vital coping strategies.

    In addition, they bring to the refuges the element so often overlooked - fun. It is estimated approximately 150 youth will use this facility (and thus this equipment) each year.

    Support from generous groups such Runaway Bay Lions Club has helped people like ex-resident 27-year-old Kristi, who said recently – “ The best thing these support services do is educate the kids, they show them there is a way out. Some young people forget that... I feel lucky that my life was turned around”.

    Year 12 student Cameron said – “The young people are all here for a common cause - to make the most of their second chance”.


    If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of people at Runaway Bay Lions Club, contact can be made by email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535.

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    For more information or for photo opportunities contact: Steve Grech 0419905632


    Photo – Lion Jennie Cox (L) presents the cheque to Bonita Tyler of GCPHY


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  • RUNAWAY BAY LIONS CLUB HELPS STAMP OUT MEASLES


    Runaway Bay Lions Club has accepted the challenge from Bill Gates to help raise US$30 million in the fight against the deadly disease of measles and rubella. This commitment by Runaway Bay Lions Club has seen $1,000 recently donated to the "One Shot, One Life - Lions Measles Initiative"

    Lions Clubs International $30 million will be matched dollar for dollar by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or the U.K. Government's Department of International Development.

    Each vaccine costs about $1, so every Lions dollar saves a child's life. In fact, every Lions dollar with the matching dollar saves 2 children's lives. Lions have vaccinated almost 600 million children in Africa and Asia. The donation by Runaway Bay Lions Club alone will save 2,000 lives!

    Local Lions organise rural villagers to bring their children and babies to the medical centres to receive the life-saving vaccination. Lions Leaders also work with the country's health minister and officials to ensure an ongoing immunisation program is implemented for the future benefit of the countries health service and communities.

    Beyond Nepal, Kenya, Nigeria and Mali who have all carried out in-country activities for 2016, other potential countries for Lions measles and rubella engagement activities for 2016 include Botswana, Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Africa and Zambia.

    When Lions first became involved in the "One Shot, One Life - Lions Measles Initiative" over 450 people, mostly children under 5 years of age, died every day from measles and rubella. Many survivors experienced complications like blindness, hearing loss and brain damage.

    With Lions involvement the number of daily deaths has been reduced to 340. It is still too many, but what Lions do works!

    If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of people, contact can be made by email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535.


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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS CLUB PUTS WIND IN THE SAILS OF SAILABILITY

    To mark Lions Club International’s centennial, the Runaway Bay Lions Club signed on to help Lions Australia give away more than $100,000 to over 100 local projects as part of its Community 100 program. The $100,000 was available in the form of $1000 grants to projects which make a difference to the community in the fields of youth, vision, hunger or the environment.
    Runaway Bay Lions Club is one of more than 100 of Australia’s clubs chosen to form ‘Team 100’, which will helped to roll out the grant opportunity locally. The program brought together Lions Clubs in a campaign designed to drive awareness, while also helping to funding new projects in the communities we serve. Runaway Bay Lions Club are pleased to announce that Sailability are the local recipients of a $1,000 grant in support the wonderful community work they do.
    Sailability is a true community non-profit organisation whose principal purpose is to facilitate sailing and boating for people of all ages with mental & physical disability. They believe in making the impossible happen & with the help of approx. 40-50 volunteers every Tuesday they are able to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to make their dreams of freedom on the water a reality.
    Imagine the thrill of sailing for people who can feel & hear but have no sight, or of sailing a boat at speed yet they cannot walk or where deafness does not matter. The sport of sailing has given added meaning to the words freedom & fun for a person with diminished capabilities be they physical, intellectual or both. They see 80-100 clients every week come back from there sail with the biggest smiles on their faces that only warm your heart.
    As a non-profit organisation their only means of attracting funds is by internal fund-raising (raffles/sausage sizzles) & the generosity of individuals and Gold Coast businesses.
    Runaway Bay Lions Club is pleased to put a little extra wind in the sails of this wonderful community group.
    If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of people, contact can be made by email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535.


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  • RUNAWAY BAY LIONS CLUB DONATES $44,000

    The Runaway Bay Lions Club is proud to announce that during the 2015-16 year it donated in excess of $44,000 to over 65 Charities, Community Groups, Disaster Appeals and individuals in need.

    The growing band of members has been very active raising funds through a range of activities and community events. In addition, the club has received fantastic support by way of Grants and Sponsorship funds from GCCC Division 3 Councillor Cameron Caldwell, and Newhaven Funerals.

    Runaway Bay Lions are very grateful to have the significant support of Runaway Bay Shopping Village, Bunnings Arundel and City of Gold Coast that enables us to utilise their facilities for fundraising projects and to conduct Community Events.

    So where did all that money go? Well, as per our Lions charter, every cent raised went back into the Community.

    $34,000 was donated to Charities and Community Events (Local - $22,000), (Queensland - $7,000), Australian and International ($5,000).

    A further $10,500 was distributed in Disaster Relief support of those affected by Floods, Bushfires, Earthquakes, Storms and Cyclones both in Australia and Internationally.

    In support of our local businesses, $35,000 was injected back into our local economy purchasing food, stock, equipment and services to enable us to conduct fundraising and hold Community events.

    If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of people, contact can be made by email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535.


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    LIONS MEMORIAL WALL UNVEILED

    A memorial wall that recognised the community service of past Lions Club members in SE Queensland was established over 20 years ago at Lions Haven for the Aged, Hope Island. The memorial wall had been maintained by Runaway Bay Lions Club since its initial construction, however many years of exposure to the elements had taken its toll on the wall to the point where it no longer did justice to the memory of those that have passed.
    Therefore the wall has been completely refurbished to bring it back up to a standard of presentation of which all in the community we can be proud of.
    The invaluable support of Cr Cameron Caldwell, Div3 Gold Coast City Council, Mr Tim Connolly of Newhaven Funerals, and the members of Runaway Bay Lions Club in underwriting the cost of the refurbishment is sincerely appreciated, and integral to the successful completion of the project.
    Cr Caldwell and Mr Connolly were on hand at a recent ceremony to mark the unveiling of the newly refurbished memorial wall, with representatives of many Lions Clubs present.
    Lions Clubs all over Australia have a proud history of achievement in Disaster and Emergency Relief, Medical Research and Community Service. We were at the coalface for Cyclone Tracy, the Black Saturday bushfires and the Queensland floods. We were involved with the development of the bionic ear and the cervical cancer vaccine, Gardisil. We also inspired a young Fred Hollows and continue to provide funding for a range of other research initiatives involving diabetes and autism. We assist with local community fundraising for special causes and help with development and building of local parks, community venues and sporting centres.
    This memorial wall recognises and applauds the community service of those Lions members that have passed. Runaway Bay Lions are honoured to be entrusted with the custodianship of this memorial wall.


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    RUNAWAY BAY BLANKET APPEAL BIGGEST EVER


    “We’re going to need a bigger truck” was the catchcry at the completion of the Runaway Bay Blanket Appeal. The loving generosity of the shoppers and traders of Runaway Bay Shopping Village knows no bounds with a record number of blankets donated to help keep the homeless and at-risk kids warm this winter.

    A collective effort by Runaway Bay Lions Club and Runaway Bay Shopping Village saw over 400 blankets made available for immediate distribution by Rosies – Friends On the Street and the Salvation Army to those in need on these cold winter nights.

    Thanks to the amazing generosity of donors, many homeless and crisis care kids in our community will have more comfortable nights this winter.

    We thank all for the generous giving to this very worthy cause. As Lions we serve together.


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  • RUNAWAY BAY LIONS RAISE FUNDS TO SUPPORT ECUADOR AND JAPAN

    Runaway Bay Lions Club took the donations tins to the Runaway Bay Shopping Village recently to raise funds in support of the communities of Japan and Ecuador ravaged by Earthquakes.

    The 2016 Ecuador earthquake occurred on April 16 magnitude of 7.8. The very large thrust earthquake was centered approximately 27 km from the towns of Muisne and Pedernales in a sparsely populated part of the country, and 170 km from the capital Quito, where it was felt strongly.

    Regions of Manta, Pedernales and Portoviejo accounted for over 75 percent of total casualties. Manta's central commercial shopping district Tarqui, was completely destroyed. Widespread damage was caused across Manabi province, with structures hundreds of kilometres from the epicenter collapsing. At least 659 people were killed and 27,732 people injured

    The 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes were a series of earthquakes, including a magnitude 7.0 mainshock which struck on April 16, 2016 beneath Kumamoto City of Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu Region, Japan, at a depth of about 10 kilometres and a foreshock earthquake with a magnitude 6.2 at on April 14, 2016, at a depth of about 11 kilometres.

    The two Japanese earthquakes killed at least 49 people and injured about 3,000 others in total. Severe damage occurred in Kumamoto and Ōita Prefectures, with numerous structures collapsing and catching fire. More than 44,000 people have been evacuated from their homes due to the disaster.

    The response to the cause by the shopping public at Runaway Bay Shopping Village was so generous with over $575 being donated. Runaway Bay Lions Club, who added another $1,000 to the cause, were pleased to be able to post off a cheque for $1575 is support of our those affected.

    As is the case with all Lions projects, every single cent raised from the public is returned to the community, and donors can be confident that all monies raised will be distributed to those doing it tough in Japan and Ecuador.

    Our sincere thanks to Runaway Bay Shopping Village for supporting us in this project.


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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS WRAPPING FOR PARADISE KIDS



    Runaway Bay Lions Club wrapped the Mothers Day love in support of Paradise Kids.

    With the support of Runaway Bay Shopping Village, the Runaway Bay Lions Club, raised funds by undertaking a gift wrapping service at the Runaway Bay Shopping Village during the lead up to Mothers Day.
    Paradise Kids is a Gold Coast Children’s Charity founded in 1996 to help children
    learn life-skills to deal with grief through death, loss or illness. Whether the loss is the death or approaching death of a parent, grandparent or sibling, grief through the stress of separation or divorce, or the child’s own chronic life-limiting illness, Paradise Kids provides programs to ‘help heal the heartache.

    The shopping public at Runaway Bay Shopping Village donated $375 in support of the gift wrapping. Runaway Bay Lions Club tipped in another $625 to make a total donation of $1,000 to assist the Paradise Kids program that has another 70 children commencing this week.

    As is the case with all Lions projects, every single cent raised from the public is returned to the community.

    If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of people at Runaway Bay Lions Club, contact can be made by email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535


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    A BIG CUPPA TO HELP BEAT CANCER


    The Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event at Paradise Point has long boasted at being one of the biggest on the Gold Coast – now they have the teapot to prove it!

    The giant teapot will hold court at the Paradise Point Uniting Church showcasing the event that helps the Cancer Council raise vital funds for cancer prevention, research and support services.

    Simply gather together your friends, family and colleagues, and book a table at the event voted one of the most successful Australia’s Biggest Morning Teas on the Gold Coast and tuck into some delicious and healthy morning tea treats. There couldn’t be an easier way to help make a difference.

    The Paradise Point Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is a wonderful annual event hosted jointly by the Paradise Point Uniting Church and the Runaway Bay Lions Club. The event will again be held in the grounds of the Paradise Point Uniting Church from 9.30am on Thursday, 26th May.

    As well as a yummy morning tea, you will also be in the draw for numerous lucky door prizes. But wait, there’s more, Live Band entertainment by the very popular Dave Zanoni and Friends and of course you will be able to participate in Mini Auctions where you can snaffle a bargain. All this, and more for a minimum donation of $10 per person.

    Due to the very strong demand, increasing popularity, and limited seating, this event sells out earlier every year, so early bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.

    To secure your table at the most successful Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on the Gold Coast contact;
    - Jean McNeill 55295381
    - Jeannie Ward 55773854


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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS RAISE FUNDS TO SUPPORT ROSIES


    Runaway Bay Lions Club, in association with Runaway Bay Shopping Village, conducted the annual Easter Raffle again this year, with all proceeds (well over $2000) going to support the work of Rosies Gold Coast.

    Rosies – Friends on the Street provides unconditional acceptance and friendship to people who are marginalised within our community – especially those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or simply lonely.

    Tonight, 20,000 Queenslanders are homeless. Nearly half are women. Over 40% are aged 25 or under, more than 3,500 of those are kids 12 and under. Within the Gold Coast region it is estimated over 4,000 people call the streets home.

    Rosies Gold Coast Branch has street outreach vans operating from Southport to Surfers Paradise. Their wonderful volunteers also operate a drop in centre weekdays in Southport that is full of resources for friends as well as providing a low-cost lunch.

    They hold BBQ breakfasts and lunches a few times each week in Southport, and have a room in the Courthouse providing a cuppa bite to eat and a chat every week day morning. Finally, the team also undertakes prison visits.

    Through the joy of friendship Rosies aim is to acknowledge human dignity and inspire an increased self-reliance. It's amazing what a simple cuppa, bite to eat, and a chat can do.

    Our sincere thanks to Runaway Bay Shopping Village for supporting us in this project.

    As is the case with all Lions projects, every single cent raised from the public is returned to the community.

    If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of people at Runaway Bay Lions Club, contact can be made by email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535

    – Cheque Presentation - L-R Lions Jean McNeill, Jeannie Ward, Runaway Bay Shopping Village Duty Manager Brett Gorman, Rosies Gold Coast Co-Ordinator Wendy Coe and Lion Geoff Lauff


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    Runaway Bay Lions win Presidents Cup

    Runaway Bay Lions were thrilled to participate in the 2016 Lions Wheelchair Basketball Challenge for the Presidents Cup. We were able to field two teams in the competition - the Blue Streak (blue singlets) and Eagles (red singlets). Both Runaway Bay Lions teams made it through to the Grand Final, which the Blue Streak team came out victorious with a basket on the final siren. A fantastic afternoon of fun with our neghbouring Gold Coast Lions Clubs in Carrara Lions and Nerang-Highland Park Lions. PS - we had the loudest cheer squad too !!

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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS RAISE FUNDS TO SUPPORT FIJI

    Runaway Bay Lions Club took the donations tins to the Runaway Bay Shopping Village recently to raise funds in support of the communities of Fiji ravaged by Cyclone Winston.

    The category five storm, Fiji’s worst recorded cyclone, swept across the island nation last month, killing more than 40 people and flattening communities, impacting the lives of an estimated 350,000 people.

    The response to the cause by the shopping public at Runaway Bay Shopping Village was so generous with over $2500 being donated. Runaway Bay Lions Club, who added another $1,000 to the cause, were thrilled to be able to post off a cheque for $3,546 is support of our Pacific neighbours.

    As is the case with all Lions projects, every single cent raised from the public is returned to the community, and donors can be confident that all monies raised will be distributed to those doing it tough in Fiji.

    Our sincere thanks to Runaway Bay Shopping Village for supporting us in this project.


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    Celebrating a century of service. Lions donate $100,000 for 100 projects

    Celebrating a century of service
    Lions donate $100,000 for 100 projects

    To mark Lions Club International’s centennial, the Lions Club of Runaway Bay has signed on to help Lions Australia give away more than $100,000 to over 100 local projects as part of its Community 100 program.
    The $100,000 will be available in the form of $1000 grants to projects which make a difference to the community in the fields of youth, vision, hunger or the environment.
    The Lions Club of Runaway Bay is one of more than 100 of Australia’s clubs chosen to form ‘Team 100’, which will help to roll out the grant opportunity locally.
    Local organisations, initiatives and projects in the Gold Coast region and the surrounding areas are encouraged to make the most of the $1000 grant opportunity offered by the Lions Club of Runaway Bay.
    Lions Australia Executive Officer Rob Oerlemans said the Community 100 program provides local clubs with the opportunity to reach out to communities and create new partnerships.
    “If you can think of a community need, the chances are there’s a Lions Club doing something about it,” Mr Oerlemans said.
    “For almost 100 years Lions have shared a core belief that community is what we make it and the Lions Australia Community 100 program celebrates this belief.
    “The program brings together our clubs in a campaign designed to drive awareness, while also helping to funding new projects in the communities we serve.”
    Lions Australia, which will celebrate 70 years of service in 2017, was first established in 1947 and is currently Lions Club International’s 18th oldest club in operation.
    Each year the local clubs of Lions Australia raise between $25-30million for community initiatives, projects and causes.
    “Where there is a need, there is a lion and nothing shows this clearer than by looking back in the history of our service to the Australian community,” Mr Oerlemans said.

    “During times of disaster such as Cyclone Tracey, the Newcastle Earthquake and Cyclone Larry, as well as regional floods and fires, Lions have always been among the first on the ground.
    “From donating clothes, food and shelter to assisting with clean ups and rebuilding, Lions are always there to lend a helping hand.
    “Lions Australia have a proud history and therefore it is fitting to mark our international organisation’s centenary of service by doing what has made us great, helping others.”
    The Community 100 program is open for submissions from now until June 30, 2016 and entrants are encouraged to apply online via (http://www.homelife.com.au/lifestyle/things-we-love/community100 )
    The Lions Club of Runaway Bay will then select three finalists, from which Lions Australia will nominate a winning project by mid-August 2016.
    For more information on how to apply and submission criteria please visit http://www.homelife.com.au/lifestyle/things-we-love/community100 or http://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/community100/



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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS SUPPORTS PAEDIATRIC WARD AT GC UNIVERISTY HOSPITAL

    Runaway Bay Lions Club wrapped the love at Christmas in support of families with sick children at Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH)

    With the support of Runaway Bay Shopping Village, the Runaway Bay Lions Club, in conjunction with the Zonta Club of Paradise Point, raised funds by undertaking a gift wrapping service at the Runaway Bay Shopping Village during the two weeks prior to Xmas.
    The funds were raised in support of a Gold Coast Hospital Foundation project to fit out the Gold Coast University Hospital Children’s Outpatient area which will provide much needed comfort and distraction for children while at hospital. It will also provide a suitable seating / family area which GCUH currently does not have in Children’s outpatients.

    Currently, parents often have to sit on floor while trying to keep their children distracted. This is particularly difficult for parents of more than one child. Funding this project will allow Children’s Outpatients to transform the back corner of the waiting room into a family friendly sitting area / meals area / play area. This will be a wonderful addition to the unit and will provide a much needed comfortable area for children and families of children visiting the hospital.

    Runaway Bay Lions were pleased to present a cheque for $5000 to facilitate this project. The community spirit of the management, traders and shopping public at Runaway Bay Shopping Village has produced yet another successful outcome.


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    More details: http://gchfoundation.org.au/


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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS GETS THE WHEELS MOVING



    Runaway Bay Lions Club are pleased to announce that they were be able to assist funding a new motorised wheelchair in support of a local resident.

    Robert Sajovic, of Biggera Waters is often seen doing his regular paper run around Runaway Bay, was in need of a new wheelchair , customised to meet his particular needs.

    When Yoga Saraswati of Community and Specialist Support Inc (CASSI) sought assistance on Robert’s behalf, Runaway Bay Lions Club members were pleased to answer the call, and assist Robert who deals with the challenges thrown at him by Cerebral Palsy.

    The specialised customisation required for the wheelchair meant that it took about 6 months for the chair to finally be constructed and delivered. Representatives of Runaway Bay Lions Club recently met with Robert, his family, and Yoga to celebrate the arrival of the chair which will enable Robert to continue to participate in the life of the community.

    Every cent raised from Lions projects is returned back into the community through donations to charities, Community Groups, Disaster Appeals and individuals in need, such as Robert

    If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of people, contact can be made by email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535


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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD


    Runaway Bay Lions Club was pleased to present a prestigious Community Service Award to Runaway Bay Shopping Village in recognition of the magnificent support provided to the community.

    The Management, Staff and Traders of Runaway Bay Shopping Village consistently assist the Runaway Bay Lions Club by providing generous access to the shopping public, and providing resources to assist the successful outcome of the many Lions projects that undertake.

    The many projects include our gift wrapping service at Christmas, Valentines Day, Mothers day, and Fathers Day, our Easter Raffle, a variety of Disaster Appeals, and co-sponsorship of the annual Carols by Candlelight.

    As per our Lions Charter, every cent raised from the community service projects is returned back into the community. Last year the Runaway Bay Lions Club was able to donate over $70,000 to 65 Charities, Community Groups, Disaster Appeals and individuals in need. Runaway Bay Shopping Village support is integral to the success of many of our projects.

    If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of people, contact can be made by email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or by phoning 0403049535.


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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS RAISE FUNDS TO SUPPORT DROUGHT STRICKEN COMMUNITIES

    Runaway Bay Lions Club took the donations tins to the Runaway Bay Shopping Village recently to raise funds in support of the drought stricken communities.

    Western Queensland has been officially drought declared since mid 2013 following the failed 2012/13 wet season, and the situation has been steadily worsening. Farming families are self employed and depend on their livestock. The majority of family farms across western Queensland have been partially or fully de-stocked.

    Over three-quarters of landholders report a halving, or worse, of their income and are living below the poverty line.

    The response to the cause by the shopping public at Runaway Bay Shopping Village was so generous with over $2900 being donated.

    As is the case with all Lions projects, every single cent raised from the public is returned to the community, and donors can be confident that all monies raised will be distributed to those doing it tough in the bush.

    Our sincere thanks to Runaway Bay Shopping Village for supporting us in this project


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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS HELPS PROVIDE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE VEHICLE


    Runaway Bay Lions Club has responded to a fundraising appeal seeking financial assistance to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle for a 26 year old Gold Coast resident, Anthony Addati, who has endured a life long battle with the effects of Congenital Muscular Dystrophy, which has left him unable to walk since birth.

    Runaway Bay Lions were pleased to be able to donate $3,000 to assist with the fundraising drive, which has been successful in achieving its goal. The money had been raised from a variety of local Lions Club projects that have been supported by the local community.

    Anthony, who is a very smart young man with two university degrees, recently took delivery of a modified Kia Carnival that has been configured to provide Anthony with a safe access and comfortable ride.



    Photo : Anthony with his new wheels


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    LIONS STRENGTHEN SES WITH DONATION OF STORM TRAILER

    Residents of Gold Coast’s Northern Coastal suburbs who may be in need of assistance during any future natural disasters, will benefit from the Runaway Bay State Emergency Service gaining an Emergency Response Trailer courtesy of Runaway Bay Lions Club and the Australian Lions Foundation.



    The Emergency Response Trailer, valued at $10,800, features specialised equipment storage compartments, a dedicated chainsaw fuel compartment, workbench with vice to sharpen chainsaws, LED spotlights, orange beacons and more. Runaway Bay SES is now better equipped to respond to the Community at times of urgent need.



    The Runaway Bay Lions raised the necessary funds from donations by wrapping Christmas gifts at Runaway Bay Shopping Village, and their efforts were augmented by a very generous $5,000 grant from the Australian Lions Foundation.



    Runaway Bay Lions Club acknowledges the magnificent support it received from the management, traders and shopping public at Runaway Bay Shopping Village who continue to provide generous support to our Lions projects.




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    A little slice of life at Runaway Bay Lions Club

    Click on the link below :)

    More details: https://studio.stupeflix.com/v/uLurmolTPjaK/


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    2014-15 Finale

    Last night Runaway Bay celebrated another successful year and inducted the new Board for the 2015-16 year.
    During 2014-15 RBLC raised in excess of $108,000 which is an amazing effort.
    These funds were predominantly raised by Fundraising Projects ($69,000) Disaster Appeals ($14,000) and General Donations ($1,300).
    In addition we were very appreciative of the fantastic support we received by way of Grants and Sponsorship funds ($24,000) from GCCC Division 3 Councillor Cameron Caldwell, Runaway Bay Shopping Village, and Australian Lions Foundation.
    We are very grateful to have the significant support of Runaway Bay Shopping Village, Bunnings Arundel and GCCC that enables us to utilise their facilities for fundraising projects and to conduct Community Events.
    So where did all that money go?
    Well, as per our Lions charter, every cent went back into the Community.
    $47,000 was donated to Charities and Community Events (Local - $32,000), (Queensland - $7,000), Australian and International ($8,600).
    A further $23,000 was distributed in Disaster Relief support of those affected by Floods, Bushfires, Earthquakes, Storms and Cyclones both in Australia and Internationally.
    $45,000 was injected back into our local economy purchasing food, stock, equipment and services to enable us to conduct fundraising events. Predominantly we purchase locally from traders at Runaway Bay Shopping Village and Bunnings Arundel returning the support received from these businesses.
    Congratulations on a fantastic year at Runaway Bay Lions Club.

    Photo: the 2015-16 Board inducted

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    Ray Phippard Award to Lion Jeannie ward

    Runaway Bay Lions are proud to announce that Lion Jeannie Ward was last night awarded the Ray Phippard Award in recognition of her outstanding service to the community.
    The Ray Phippard Award is named in honour of Ray Phippard in recognition of his ongoing service to the Lions Medical Research Foundation over the last 40 years. It is usually given to an individual who has given outstanding service to the community in support of medical research.
    Congratulations Jeannie, and thank you for your service as a Runaway Bay Lion.
    Photo: President Lion Jean McNeill presents Lion Jeannie with the Ray Phippard Award.

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    Melvin Jones Fellowship awarded to Lion Geoff Lauff

    Runaway Bay Lions Club are proud to announce that Lion Geoff Lauff was last night honoured as a Melvin Jones Fellow in recognition of his enduring service to the community.
    The fellowship, which was created in 1973, takes its name from
    the founder of Lions Clubs International (LCI), Melvin Jones.
    It is an honor--not an award.
    The fellowship was established as LCIF’s highest form of recognition to acknowledge an individual’s dedication to humanitarian service.
    Congratulations Geoff, and our sincere thanks for your continued service as a Runaway Bay Lion.
    Photo : President Lion Jean McNeill presenting Lion Geoff Lauff with his Fellowship

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    Vanuatu Cyclone Appeal raises over $7,000

    Runaway Bay Lions undertook a collection collection in support of those affected by the Cyclone in Vanautu. The donation tins at Runaway Bay Shopping Village collected $7,119.
    This is not the final total for our fundraiser yet as we still have a couple of outstationed tins to come in, so we should be nudging about $8,000 by the time we are complete.
    The members of Runaway Bay Lions Club are just so appreciative of the support from our local community, with a special big thank you to Runaway Bay Shopping Village for their magnificent community minded ethos that enabled us to conduct the collection...again.


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    Clean Up Australia Day 2015

    Runaway Bay Lions were pleased to join other Community Groups in a clean up of the surrounds of Jabiru Island today. We collected an amazing amount of litter - and put on a sausage sizzle for the workers to boot - Great work everyone


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    Youth of the Year 2015

    A huge Dinner Meeting last night at Runaway Bay Lions. Headling the evening was the Club Final of the Youth of the Year Quest, amazing performances from each contestant - the judges took forever to make their decisions, and with good reason - they were all exceptional. Two new members inducted in Gail and Kerrie. A $1000 donation to Arundel Park Riding for Disabled, raised with the support of Runaway Shopping Village during the recent wrapping service for Valentines Day. A $1000 donation in support of thos effected by Cyclone Marcia. Raffle and Rikki Tikki prizes and above all - great fellowship


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    Valentine's Wrap Hamper Winner!

    Runaway Bay Shopping Village​ and Runaway Bay Lions Club representatives conducted the draw for the Valentine's Gift Wrap hamper on Saturday. We thank all the generous donors who supported this project that raised funds for Riding for Disabled , Arundel, and a special thank you to the Runaway Bay Shopping Village for their continued support of our Lions Community projects. And the winner is......Fiona of Biggera Waters, Congratulations!


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    Bushfire Appeal raises $2000

    Runaway Bay Lions are pleased to announce that the kind and generous people who donated to the Bushfire Appeal conducted at Runaway Bay Shopping Village last week raised an amazing total of $2000. Every cent raised will go to support those in the affected areas via the Australian Lions Foundation . We appreciate everyone's support, with particular thanks to the Runaway Bay Shopping Village who consistently support our service to the Community.


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    New Years Eve 2014

    The club raised over $4,000 on New Years Eve selling sausage sizzles and Glow sticks. A big fun night.


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    Life Membership for Lion Shirley !

    At last night's Christmas Dinner, Lion Shirley Hopgood's service to the community over many many years with Runaway Bay Lions Club was recognised with the awarding of Life Membership. Congratulations Shirley, we are in awe of your years of service!


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    Lion Geoff recognised by Rotary

    Our Club Secretary, Lion Geoff Lauff continuous exemplary community service no knows bounds. Not only was Geoff the recepient of an award from across the border, but it was also from another service club, which just shows his reputation knows no bounds. Geoff was presented with a Family and Community Service Award by the Rotary E- of Greater Sydney last night at our Christmas Dinner . Congratulations Lion Geoff !!

    More details: http://www.rotarynews.info/Club76641


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    Verity Barton Christmas Hamper Drive

    On behalf of Runaway Bay Lions Club our lovely Lions Jenny, Judy and Jeannie (the triple J's) arranged a donation of $300 of food for the Verity Barton Christmas Hamper Drive.

    There is still plenty of time to donate to this wonderful appeal.

    If you would like to donate, please drop your donations to our Runaway Bay Shopping Village Centre Management Office by Monday, 22 December.


  • Our 2013 Youth of the Year winner is bound for the Whitehouse!

    Runaway Bay Lions Club Is thrilled to hear that our 2013 Youth of the Year winner, Alec Pokarier, has gone onto bigger and better things.....Congratulations Alec on your latest achievement from all of us at Runaway Bay Lions Club.

    His determination and “borderline harassment” of the White House has landed him breakfast with Barack Obama and an internship with the US Government.

    The Lions Youth of the Year Quest seeks to assist secondary school students in developing citizenship and leadership qualities as they prepare for entry to the workforce

    See attached link for the full story

    More details: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/bond-university-students-determination-wins-g20-breakfast-with-us-president/story-fnj94j0t-1227123604514?sv=2833e2ef595cbd22ba38bedfa9e17b6a


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    Pan Pacific Masters Games Champions ! :)

    Runaway Bay Lions Club were pleased to support the recent Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast, in particular feeding competitors and spectators at the Cycling event. A few cheeky Lions (Graham, Beverley and Paul) took advantage of a break in proceeding to award themselves medals and stand on the winners podium!! We may not be champion speed cyclists, but Lions are champions in Community Service !!!:)


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    Caring for our best friends !

    Runaway Bay Lions Club was pleased to present $1000 to the Animal Welfare League QLD to enable the upgrading of kennels at the Coombabah facility.

    The dog rehoming kennels area at the main centre on Shelter Rd, Coombabah has thirty large rehoming runs where dogs live whilst they await their rehoming opportunity. These are large ( 10 m long ) kennels that have both covered and open air access and have heavy duty molded plastic dog houses in each for each dog.

    These houses have many advantages. They are durable and provide insulation.They can be easily disinfected, hosed out and dry quickly, big advantages in a busy shelter environment. They also allow dogs with large ,plastic ‘bucket’ head collars (to keep them from chewing at stitches) to easily get in and out to rest or sleep.

    The existing inventory was getting old and worn , and in some cases cracking and broken. These beds act as sleeping quarters for thousands of dogs annually. Staff put fresh, clean bedding in them daily to keep them warm, dry and comfortable.

    Runaway Bay Lions are pleased to be able to fund the replacement of these important dog houses.


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    Supporting Epilepsy Qld

    At our most recent dinner meeting, Lion Paul Turnell on behalf of Runaway Bay Lions was pleased to make a donation to Epilepsy QLD representative, Leigh Gilbert.

    Epilepsy affects as many as 2% of Queenslanders. There are more people with epilepsy than with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease and several others combined. Epilepsy is recognised as the world's most common serious brain disorder (WHO, 1997). While in most cases it is diagnosed during the school years, epilepsy may affect anyone at anytime.

    Since 1969, Epilepsy Queensland Inc has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with epilepsy and their carers/families through advocacy, research, support and information. Considerable effort is put into increasing public awareness and raising community understanding of epilepsy.

    More details: http://www.epilepsyqueensland.com.au/site/


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    Rollerblaze Wheelchair Basketball

    Runaway Bay Lions Club were pleased to host the 2014 Lions President Cup at Rollerblaze Wheelchair Basketball. Congratulations to this years winners - Nerang - Highland Park Lions Club

    More details: http://www.foxsportspulse.com/gallery.cgi?g=71973&e=7597&et=1&c=1-7597-0-0-0


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    The Great Debate 2014

    Runaway Bay Lions were pleased to host a big crowd in attendance for the Annual Great Debate. This years contestants, Helensvale Lions Club and Ashmore Lions Club battled it out for the highly prized polished bedpan, with Helensvale coming out the victors on a funny and enjoyable evening.

    President Jean McNeill presents the winning team with its prize



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    Helensvale All Day Fun Day

    We will be there !!!!


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    RUNAWAY BAY BLANKET APPEAL 2014 IS BIGGEST EVER



    The loving generosity of the shoppers and traders of Runaway Bay Shopping Village knows no bounds with the largest ever number of blankets donated to help keep the homeless and at-risk kids warm this winter.

    A collective effort by Runaway Bay Lions Club and Runaway Bay Shopping Village saw over 300 blankets made available for immediate distribution by Rosies and the Salvation Army to those in need on these cold winter nights.

    Thanks to the amazing generosity of donors, many homeless and crisis care kids in our community will have a more comfortable night tonight.

    We thank all for the generous giving to this very worthy cause. As Lions we serve together.

    Photo - Representatives of Runaway Bay Lions Club, Runaway Bay Shopping Village, Salvation Army and Rosies load up the donated blankets for immediate distribution



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    Ray Phippard Award presented to Lion Rodney Groux

    Runaway Bay Lions Club is pleased to announce that Lion Rodney Groux has been presented with the Ray Phippard Award in recognition of Rodney's outstanding service to the community over many years.

    Congratulations Rodney !!!!

    Photo: President Lion Jean McNeill with Lion Rodney Groux

    More details: http://www.lionsmedicalresearchfoundation.org.au/forms


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    Give a dog a home? Yep we gave lots of them !


    Runaway Bay Lions Club was pleased to present $1000 to the Animal Welfare League QLD to enable the upgrading of kennels at the Coombabah facility.

    The dog rehoming kennels area at the main centre on Shelter Rd, Coombabah has thirty large rehoming runs where dogs live whilst they await their rehoming opportunity. These are large ( 10 m long ) kennels that have both covered and open air access and have heavy duty molded plastic dog houses in each for each dog.

    These houses have many advantages. They are durable and provide insulation.They can be easily disinfected, hosed out and dry quickly, big advantages in a busy shelter environment. They also allow dogs with large ,plastic ‘bucket’ head collars (to keep them from chewing at stitches) to easily get in and out to rest or sleep.

    The current inventory are getting old and worn , and in some cases cracking and broken. These beds act as sleeping quarters for thousands of dogs annually. Staff put fresh, clean bedding in them daily to keep them warm, dry and comfortable.

    Runaway Bay Lions are pleased to be able to fund the replacement of these important dog houses.

    Photo: Lion Jeannie Ward presents the cheque to David Hoskot of AWLQ

    More details: http://www.awlqld.com.au/


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    Australia's Biggest Morning Tea 2014

    What a great day at "Australia's Biggest Morning Tea" jointly undertaken by the Runaway Bay Lions Club and the Paradise Point Uniting Church. We were setting up in the rain at 6am , but not to fear, it turned out to be a beautiful morning with beautiful people who collectively raised in excess of $8200 (and still counting) for Queensland Cancer Council. Thanks to all for helping make it a very successful event!!!!!!

    Photo: Dave Zanoni and friends entertained the crowd

    More details: http://www.biggestmorningtea.com.au/


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    WRAPPING THE LOVE FOR THE HEARING DOGS.

    Runaway Bay Lions club ran a gift wrapping service at Runaway Bay Shopping Village in the lead up to Mothers Day. The very generous shopping public donated $750 in support of Lions Hearing Dogs. We thank the management and shopping public of Runaway Shopping Village for their support.

    Photo; Lions Shirley Hopgood and Jean McNeill were a couple of the team that wrapped the love.



    More details: http://hearingdogs.asn.au/


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    Our 39th Birthday!!!

    Since 1975 Runaway Bay Lions Club has been serving the local community. To members past and present WELL DONE !!!! To celebrate the 39th Anniversary day of our Charter Celebratory drinks and dinner were held at Paradise Point Bowling Club

    More details: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Runaway-Bay-Lions-Club/127174014130959?ref=hl


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    We are all ears for the Hearing Impaired

    We were back at work again this week running a gift wrap station in the lead up to Mothers Day at Runaway Bay Shopping Village. Thanks so much to the shopping public, and the management of Runaway Bay Shopping Village for their generous support

    More details: http://hearingdogs.asn.au/


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    Supporting Measles Immunisation Program

    Runaway Bay Lions are pleased to announce that we have donated $1,000 to the Measles Immunisation Program undertaken by Lions International



    More details: https://www.magnetmail.net/actions/email_web_version.cfm?recipient_id=1183737113&message_id=4171086&user_id=LIONSPROD&group_id=985791&jobid=18263270


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    Support for us means support for our community

    Runaway Bay Lions Club are thrilled to be successful in our application for Division 3 funding. These funds will be utilised to fitout a BBQ trailer which will enable us to raise more funds to contribute to our community. Special thanks to Cameron Caldwell for his support


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    Youth of the Year Zone Final

    Runaway Bay Lions Club proudly hosted the Zone A Final, of the Q1 District, Youth of the Year Quest. Five outstanding young people competed for the opportunity to move on to the next stage of the competition, being the Regional Final.

    The contestants were Lachlan Woods of AB Patterson College (Runaway Bay Lions Club), Grace Norris of Tamborine Mt. State School (Tamborine Mountain Lions Club), Brandon Tanner of Calvary Christian College ( Ormeau Lions Club ), Madeline Dick of Marymount College (Carrara Lions Club) and Emily Biviano of St Stephens College Helensvale Lions Club)


    Lachlan was awarded the Public Speaking component, and will be joined by Grace and Emily in the Regional Final. Congratulations to all five contestants. Our future is in good hands.


    The Lions Youth of the Year Quest aims to select an outstanding young individual to be an Australian ambassador with the opportunity to travel overseas under the auspices of Lions Clubs International.


    Through all levels of participation, the Quest seeks to assist secondary school students in developing citizenship and leadership qualities as they prepare for entry to the workforce or higher education.

    This is just one of the many activities that you experience as a Lion. Come join this very active and fun club. Email to runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or phone 0403049535.

    Photo attached : Zone A Finalists (L-R) Grace Norris, Madeline Dick, Emily Biviano, Lachlan Woods and Brandon Tanner with Chairman Lion Jim Lutherborrow.



    More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/yoty/


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    Lets Disco with the kids :)

    The kids at Runaway Bay Youth recently did a presentation to Runaway Bay Lions Club in which they expressed a desire to hold a disco, with an anti-bullying message as its theme.

    We thought that was a great thing to do, and were pleased to contribute.

    Photo: Lion Jeannie Ward is pictured presenting a cheque to co-ordinators at the centre

    More details: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Runaway-Bay-Youth/296117327187527


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    Discuss Organ Donation with your family

    We received a a most informative and touching presentation from the Organ and Tissue Donation Regional Co-ordinator at this months dinner meeting.

    The key message was that this subject should be discussed with your family so they know your wishes in this sensitive area.

    Photo : Lion Graham Wythes introduces Amanda Gilbert from Donate Life QLD

    More details: http://www.donatelife.gov.au/about-us/donatelife-network/donatelife-qld


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    Wheeling our way to glory :)

    We were recently presented with the Presidents Cup by Carrara Lions Club as a result of Runaway Bay Lions winning the wheelchair basketball challenge recently.

    Photo : Lion Sue Thorne accepts the trophy !!!

    More details: http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-7597-0-0-0


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    Helping to Make a Wish

    We recently presented a cheque to Make a Wish Australia as a result of the gift wrapping service performed at Runaway Bay Shopping Village of Valentines.

    Photo : Lion Jeannie Ward presents a cheque to Vicki Pilgrim of Make a Wish



    More details: https://www.makeawish.org.au/


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    Thanking the SES

    We recently made a presentation to the Runaway Bay SES in appreciation of their fantastic First Aid service they supported us with at the recent Xmas Carols and NYE concert. A great partnership with a great community organisation

    Photo : Lion Rodney Groux makes the presentation to Bill Krueger of the Runaway Bay SES

    More details: https://www.facebook.com/runawaybay.ses


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    Youth of the Year Quest 2014 - Club Finals held

    Runaway Bay Lions Club are proud to announce that the winner of the Club Final in this years Youth of the Year Quest is Lachlan Woods from AB Paterson College. The standard of the finalists was exceptional, and each and every one of them did their schools and family proud.

    Mark Mather from Coomera Anglican College was selected as the winner of the Public Speaking element of the Quest.

    Lions Youth of the Year is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth, at the age when they are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education, and provides students with the incentive to pay greater attention to the general qualities, so vital in developing our youths into first class citizens. The qualities sought, apart from academic attainments are those of leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship. The students meet in fellowship and have the opportunity of open discussion, exchange of ideas and meet professional people of a community service Club organisation.

    Youth of the Year is designed to encourage student interest in leadership and the qualities required to take an active and constructive role in the community. A high level of academic, leadership, sporting, public speaking and citizenship achievement is sought in its potential winners. By emphasising these qualities it hopes to provide outstanding role models for the youth of Australia and an overall increase in the confidence of young men and women.

    Lions Youth of the Year is an excellent means of assisting Australia’s youth and promoting the essential role of leadership development and community service organisations in maintaining Australia’s high standard of living.

    Photo: Club Youth of the Year Quest Co-ordinator, Lion Jim Lutherborrow (right) with the club finalists

    More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/yoty/about-yoty/


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    Wrapping the Love to Make A Wish !

    With the support of the Runaway Bay Shopping Village, The Runaway Bay Lions Club set up a Valentines Gift Wrapping Service in the week leading up to Valentines Day.

    Appreciative customers kindly donated $266 to the Make a Wish Foundation.

    Again, we thank the Runaway Bay shopping community and the Runaway Bay Shopping Village for their support.

    Photo: Lion Jenny Cox and volunteer Donna Grech were two of the very many volunteers who attended the wrapping station


    More details: https://www.makeawish.org.au/


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    WRAPPING THE LOVE FOR THOSE DOING IT TOUGH !

    The Runaway Bay Lions are proud to announce that as a result of its support, The New Life Community Care Food Barn will be able to purchase new equipment that will enable it to bolster the service and support it provides to those doing it tough.

    The New Life Community Care Food Barn provides heavily discounted, and sometimes free, food to families experiencing financial difficulties, pensioners, health card and senior card holders. Based in Arundel, under the leadership of Pastor Phil, its vision is “To make a difference in thousands of families lives monthly in support, relief in hardship where we can, with what we have or can access.

    With the support of Runaway Bay Shopping Village, the Runway Bay Lions Club, in conjunction with the Zonta Club of Paradise Point, were able to raise funds by undertaking a gift wrapping service at the Runaway Bay Shopping Village last Christmas.

    As a result of the wonderful generosity of the community, representatives of the Runaway Bay Lions Club, Zonta Club of Paradise Point and the Runaway Bay Shopping Village were able to present a $5,000 cheque to Pastor Phil to facilitate the purchase of much needed equipment.

    We thank all for the generous giving to this very worthy cause. As Lions we serve together.

    PHOTO : Photo: (L-R) Janet Burrage (Zonta) Lion Peter Kidston, Kathryn Lewis (Runaway Bay Shopping Village) , Lion Rodney Groux, Pastor Phil (New Life Community Care Food Barn), Lion Jean McNeil

    More details: http://www.newlifefoodbarn.org/


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    Connecting with our Youth

    The highlight of the Jan 2014 Dinner Meeting of Runaway Bay Lions Club was the introduction to the club of 8 prospective new members, and an informative presentation by representatives of Runaway Bay Youth Centre.

    They shared their aspirations and goals, and we will do our best to support them.



    More details: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Runaway-Bay-Youth/296117327187527


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    A Fantastic December for Runaway Bay Lions Club

    What a month - just reward for effort by the amazing group of people at Runaway Bay Lions Club


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    Christmas Wrap 2013

    Runaway Bay Shopping Village was a hive of activity during December, and Runaway Bay Lions were in the thick of it.

    The Runaway Bay Lions Club, in association with the Zonta Club of Paradise Point and Runaway Bay Shopping Village, undertook to raise funds to support New Life Food Barn, Gold Coast Womens Refuge, HeadSpace and other local charities

    A small army of committed volunteers conducted a gift wrapping service at the Runaway Bay Shopping Village in the lead up to Christmas Eve.

    We thank all for the generous giving.

    Photo - Lion Peter Kidston hands over one of thousands of wrapped presents to an appreciative shopper.



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    Runaway Bay Carols 2013

    From a washout noon on Saturday to a fantastic fireworks finale to a great Xmas Carols on Sunday night.
    Thank you so much to our sponsors Runaway Bay Shopping Village, and Cr Cameron Caldwell - Division 3 Gold Coast. The wonderful entertainers, the great Mt Mr Fireworks International PTY LTD, the magnificent Runaway Bay Lions Club and of course the wonderful public who supported the event so well given the washout of Saturday, and the late change to Sunday..what a great Community !!!!


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    Helen Keller Fellowship Award presented.


    Runaway Bay Lions Club were proud to present a Helen Keller Fellowship Award to Runaway Bay Shopping Village in recognition of the dedicated service to the community by its wonderful staff, traders and customers.

    The Runaway Bay Shopping Village community has supported Runaway Bay Lions in numerous fund raising projects for many years. The success of this support is examplified in that in excess of $32,000 has been raised in activities at the centre in the past 12 months.

    A truly wonderful partnership that has, and will continue to, distribute funds to many worthwhile causes. Photo:

    President Lion Jean McNeill presents the award to Kathryn Lewis of Runaway Bay Shopping Village.


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    Working to raise funds for NSW Bushfire Appeal


    Runaway Bay Lions were on hand at the Runaway Bay Shopping Village to admire the cheque representing the donations collected at the Shopping Centre from the recent two day appeal. The very generous donors contributed over $3,500 to the NSW Bushfire Appeal.

    Photo : Kathryn Lewis (Runaway Bay Shopping Village) is flanked by Runaway Bay Lions Club members , Lion Bruce Ede, Lion Peter Kidston, Lion Jeanie Ward and Lion Graham Wythes


    More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/bushfire-relief-appeal/


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    RUNAWAY BAY LIONS WINS PRESIDENTS CUP

    Runaway Bay Lions were pleased to win the Presidents Cup, which awarded following a fun filled day playing wheelchair basketball. Thanks to the Rollerblaze, Carrara Lions, Ashmore Lions and Nerang Lions for a FUN day

    More details: http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-7597-0-0-0


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    Wrapping up Mens Health for Fathers Day

    Runaway Bay Lions Club undertook a gift wrapping service at Runaway Bay Shopping Village in the lead up to Fathers Day.

    $970 was raised for Prostrate Cancer Research.

    Thanks to the community for your support!!!

    More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/health/prostate-cancer-research-treatment/


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    Runaway Bay Police Vehicle Security

    Senior Sargeant Murray Underwood visited our dinner meeting and updated us on local issues of safety and offered free numberplate security at the Runaway Bay Police Station on 18th September.


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    Rosies - Gold Coast Co-ordinator John Bird

    John Bird came along to our August Dinner Meeting and explained what Rosies does for those in need in our community and thanked us for our recent donations.


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    President Jean wins award

    Congratulations to Lion Jean for receiving the Fadden Volunteers Award 2013



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    Woof Woof AWL guest speaker

    Runaway Bay Lions were appreciative of a very interesting talk provided by Katie of the Animal Welfare League, Coombabah at its Dinner Meeting this week.

    It was great to hear of the fantastic work done by this wonderful organisation



    More details: http://www.awlqld.com.au/


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    2,000 people fed and watered at the big Fadden Expo


    An amazing effort by Runaway Bay Lions today in catering for over 2,000 people at the Fadden Seniors Expo held at Runaway Bay Stadium.

    The ability of the wonderful club members to step up to such a huge task is just amazing.

    Well done team - We did the Lions badge proud today...phew


    More details: http://www.robert.com.au/pages/fadden-seniors-expo.php


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    Something fishy going on at Southport Special School

    Representatives from Runaway Bay Lions Club, and Runaway Bay Shopping Village were on hand today at the Southport Special School for the official opening of an aquarium that was purchased with the proceeds of the Mothers Day Gift Wrap conducted by the Lions at the Shopping Village.

    Southport Special School curriculum caters for approximately 180 students with disabilities from 5 to 18 years of age.

    We trust that the aquarium will provide many hours of enjoyment for these very special kids.

    The students prepared a yummy morning tea to celebrate

    Photo: Front - students of Southport Special School. Seated Lion Max Tunnicliffe (L) Kathryn Lewis (Runaway Bay Shopping Village) and Lion Steve Grech (R), Standing L-R : David Rogers (Principal, Southport Special School, Lion David Zanoni, Lion Chris Zanoni


    More details: https://southportspecs.eq.edu.au/Pages/default.aspx


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    Recognising the great kids of Coombabah State High School

    Representatives from Runaway Bay Lions Club and Paradise Point Uniting Church were on hand at the Coombabah State High School assembly today to present certificates of appreciation to those students who assisted in raising in excess of $10,000 at Australia Biggest Morning Tea in support of Cancer Research.

    Runaway Bay Lions thanks all at Coombabah State High School for their support



    More details: http://www.biggestmorningtea.com.au/


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    Helping to keep Homeless covered



    The Runaway Bay Lions Blanket Appeal ended about a month ago, but that has not stopped wonderful people from donating blankets.

    Another load of blankets were handed into to the Runaway Bay Shopping Village for distribution to those in need.

    This load were handed over to Rosies, who had run out of blankets, so were greatly appreciated, for immediate use by homeless people locally.

    Thank you Rosies, Thank you Runaway Bay Shopping Village, and most of all Thank you to the generous donors




    More details: http://www.rosies.org.au/


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    Lions Running on the Gold Coast

    Runaway Bay Lions were pleased to again support the Gold Coast Marathon.

    Runaway Bay Lions Lions are part of the large volunteer base that provides the logistical support that enables this huge community event to be held.

    Our responsibilities involved assisting with road marshalling, which necessitated everyone being on course and in position at 5am...no Sunday sleepy ins today :)



    More details: http://www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au/


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    45,000 reasons to smile

    Runaway Bay Lions are proud to announce that during the 2013/14 year it donated in excess of $45,000 to Local, Regional, State, National and International worthy causes.

    Recepients included;
    Prostate Cancer Research
    Rollerblaze Wheelchair Basketball
    St Johns Ambulance
    Meals on Wheels
    Lions Haven for the Aged
    Tasmania Bush Fire Appeal
    Lions Hearing Dogs
    Queensland Flood Appeal
    Youth Point Connect
    Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Reasearch
    Lions medical Research Foundation
    Gold Coast Recreation & Sport
    Lions Drug Awareness
    Lions Cord Blood Foundation
    Lions Australia Spinal Cord Fellowship
    Flying Doctors Service Qld
    Lions Eye Health
    Cystic Fibrosis Queensland
    Queensland Institute of Medical Research
    Rosies
    Camp Quality (Families with Cancer)
    Riding For Disabled
    Cancer Council Queensland
    Lions Club International Foundation
    Animal Welfare League
    Lions Hearing Dogs
    Headway (Acquired Brain Injury Support)
    Outward Bound Camp
    Trinity Mens Wellness Training
    Oklahoma Disaster relief
    Southport Special School
    And many others
    Well Done Lions, and a huge thank you to all who have supported and assisted our efforts


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    Change Over Dinner 2013

    A wonderful Changeover Dinner at Marina Quays saw the installation of the new leadership team for 2103/14

    President - Lion Jean McNeil

    1st Vice President - Lion Steve Grech

    2nd Vice President - Lion Rodney Groux

    3rd Vice President - Lion Bernie Scobie

    Secretary - Lion Geoff Lauff

    Treasurer - Lion Sharon Ballis

    Membership Chair - Lion Lisa Hayes

    Immediate Past President - Lion Peter White

    Assistant Secretary - Lion Chris Zanoni

    Assistant Treasurer - Lion Judy Meier

    Media Officer/Webmaster - Lion Steve Grech

    Lion Tamer - Lion Robert Holden

    Tail Twisters - Lion Shirley Hopgood & Lion Rodney Groux


    More details: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Runaway-Bay-Lions-Club/127174014130959


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    Supporting Aged Care


    Runaway Bay Lions were pleased to fund the purchase of a Reclining Shower Chair to assist in the care of residents at Lions Haven for the Aged at Hope Island.

    The chair, which cost in excess of $3,000 will provide a great assistance for better and safer showering of high care residents

    Photo : Physio Jen was on hand to show Lion Max Tunnicliffe the operation of the new equipment





    More details: http://www.lionshaven.com.au/


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    38 Years of service to the community

    Runaway Bay Lions has turned 38 years old.

    Best wishes to all past and present members who have made this a fantastic Lions Club that is held in such high regard in the community


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    Blankets for Kids 2013

    Runaway Bay Lions were stunned by the response to the Blankets for Kids project.

    With the support of the Runaway Bay Shopping Village, a collection point was set up in the main concourse of the centre for two weeks.

    An amazing total of 277 blankets, most of which were brand new, were donated by the very generous community members in the area.

    They were collected and handed over to the Salvation Army for distribution to Kids at risk, and homeless

    A heart warming response indeed.



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    WE MAKE THINGS HAPPEN

    Runaway Bay Lions Club has had an exceptional month in May 2013

    We raised money, donated money and enjoyed working for our community.

    Australias Biggest Morning tea ( run in partnership with Paradise Point Uniting Church) raised $10,000 for the Cancer Council of Queensland

    Lions Haven Coffee Shop - run by Runaway Bay Lions 4 days a week

    Mothers Day gift wrap raised $1,200 (includes a donation of $500 from the Runaway Bay Shopping Village) to purchase an aquarium for the new Library at the Southport Special School

    Bunnings Harbour Town BBQ raised $800

    The Gold Coast Seniors Health & Lifestyle Expo BBQ at the Runaway Bay Community Centre raised $530.

    Runaway Bay Lions Club won the Great Debate be a part of it at Runaway Bay Lions

    More details: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Runaway-Bay-Lions-Club/127174014130959


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    Biggest - Biggest Morning Tea ever

    What a great day at Australias Biggest Morning Tea jointly undertaken by the Runaway Bay Lions Club and the Paradise Point Uniting Church.

    Total Raised for Cancer Council Queensland $7500.

    Thanks to all for helping make it our most successful ABMT ever

    More details: http://www.biggestmorningtea.com.au/


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    Debate Champions 2013

    Runaway Bay Lions battled it out against Helensvale Lions in the Great Debate hosted by Ashmore Lions.

    Great fun, and an enjoyable evening, with Runaway Bay Lions coming out on top, and taking away the cherished prize...the engraved bedpan :)

    Photo: The Runaway Bay Lions debating team - Lions Steve Grech, Chris Zanoni, Rodney Groux



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    A Night at the Theatre

    Some Runaway Bay Lions joined other neighbouring Lions Club members for a great night at the Spotlight Theatre enjoying a Broadway musical hit from years ago - The Drowsy Chaperone.

    Thanks to Helensvale Lions for arranging.

    A great night


    More details: http://www.spotlighttheatre.com.au/


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    Seniors Expo attendees cant Runaway from these tasty treats

    Runaway Bay Lions undertook the catering for the Gold Coast Seniors Health and Lifetsyle Expo, held at Runaway Bay Community Centre.

    The attendees were in raptures at the quality of the cooking undertaken by our very own Gordon Ramsay...aka Lion Peter Kidston

    Runaway Bay Lions were pleased to participate in this great forum.

    Photo : Lion Peter Kidston, Officer in Charge of the Tongs !!! :)



    More details: http://www.goldcoastseniorshealthandlifestylexpos.com/


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    Wrapping the Mothers day love for Southport Special School

    All this week Runaway Bay Lions Club are conducting a Mothers Day gift wrapping service at Runaway Bay Shopping Village.

    All funds raised this week will be donated to the very special kids at the Southport Special School.

    We would like to thank the community for its ongoing support, and a special thanks to our valued partners at the Runaway Bay Shopping Village

    Photo: Lion Geoff Lauff, Club Secretary, one of the many volunteers over the week manning the wrapping desks.

    More details: https://southportspecs.eq.edu.au/Pages/default.aspx


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    Two More Hands promos - MUST WATCH

    Just released new Lions promo videos. there is a 60 second and a 6 minute version.

    60 secs is at http://youtu.be/o1b4OrcpC4k

    6 minute version is at http://youtu.be/o1b4OrcpC4k

    Community Service vid is at http://youtu.be/I693UN4VHGw

    Disater Relief vid is at http://youtu.be/yfEihBgep98

    More details: http://youtu.be/o1b4OrcpC4k


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    Membership doubled in 7 months

    Runaway Bay Lions inducted yet another 5 new members at this weeks dinner meeting to continue the phenomenal growth rate at the club.

    The club is bounding ahead. Thats more hands to serve our community with.

    Photo: Kay Farmer, Zone Chairman with our new Lions - Beverley and Paul Turnell, Judy and Tony Van der Putten and Graham Wythes

    More details: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Runaway-Bay-Lions-Club/127174014130959


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    Anzac Day Service 2013

    Big member turnout of Runaway Bay Lions this morning at the Anzac Day service at the Runaway Bay Cenotaph. Our club had the honour of laying Anzac Books that we have donated for distribution to selected local schools. A very moving service with thousands in attendance. Congratulations to Runaway Bay RSL sub-branch.


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    Tweet Tweet

    Runaway Bay Lions are now on Twitter



    More details: https://twitter.com/RunawayBayLions


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    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

    Through the co-operative effort of many Lions Clubs on the Gold Coast, the Lions Haven for the Aged was built, and has operated this facility at Hope Island, with 61 beds since the opening in 1992.

    Lions Haven is an approved & accredited Aged Care Facility which has experienced a growing demand for quality, comfortable and secure Aged Care in the North Gold Coast area.

    To enable the residents to have a cuppa when family and friends visit, a few Lions Clubs have jointly committed to running the onsite cafe on a daily basis.

    This provides family and friends the opportunity to catch up in comfortable surrounding with quality refreshments.

    Initially the cafe was only open a few days a week, however it has been so popular, that it has now extended to every day, for a couple of hours per day.

    This extension of opening hours has only been possible through the co-operation of the Runaway Bay Lions Club, Southport Lions Club and Helensvale Lions Club who have provided volunteers to open the cafe.

    The cafe is in need of more volunteers to assist with keeping the cafe open. If you have just a couple of hours to spare, your assistance would be really appreciated.

    Lion Jean McNeil, of Runaway Bay Lions Club would be thrilled to take your call on 0447555381, or leave a message of the Facebook page of Runaway Bay Lions, or email runawaybaylions@hotmail.com

    Photo: (L-R) Lion Jean McNeil (Runaway Bay Lions), Lion Alex Fenton (Helensvale Lions Club), Brian Gent (Southport Lions Club), Donna Grech (Runaway Bay Lions Club volunteer) meet at the cafe to discuss how to get more much needed volunteers.


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    All Club Officer positions for 2013-14 successfully filled

    Runaway Bay Lions Club has successfully filled all Officer positions for the upcoming 2013-14 year.

    Congratulations on a job well done to the current Leadership group, and best wishes for continued success to the new team who will hit the ground running at handover.

    Runaway Bay Lions Club Officers for 2013/14 will be;

    President - Lion Jean McNeil
    1st Vice President - Lion Steve Grech
    2nd Vice President - Lion Rodney Groux
    3rd Vice President - Lion Bernie Scobie
    Secretary - Lion Geoff Lauff
    Treasurer - Lion Sharon Ballis
    Membership Chair - Lion Lisa Hayes
    Immediate Past President - Lion Peter White
    Assistant Secretary - Lion Chris Zanoni
    Assistant Treasurer - Lion Judy Meier
    Ist Yr Director - Lion Max Tunnicliffe
    2nd Yr Director - Lion Peter Kidston
    Media Officer/Webmaster - Lion Steve Grech
    Lion Tamer - Lion Robert Holden
    Tail Twisters - Lion Shirley Hopgood & Lion Rodney Groux

    Photo : President Elect Lion Jean McNeil (left) and Lion Jeannie Ward are a couple of Genies from Runaway Bay Lions :)

    More details: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Runaway-Bay-Lions-Club/127174014130959


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    Childhood Cancer Research gets a hot dog of a hand from Runaway Bay Lions

    Runaway Bay Lions were pleased to particpate in the Lions Biggest BBQ which attracted the support of many Lions Clubs on the Gold Coast, under the co-ordination of Southport Lions Club.

    Runaway Bay Lions, who ran a hot dog and burger stand, were able to raise $547 in support of Childhood Cancer Research.

    Congratulations to all who participated

    Photo : Lion Chris Zanoni, Eithne White, Lion David Zanoni, Lion President Peter White, just a few of the many helpers on the day

    More details: http://alccrf.lions.org.au/


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    QLD State Final - Lions Youth of the Year Quest

    A large contingent of the Runaway Bay Lions Club travelled to Wynnum-Manly Workers Club for the QLD State Final of the Youth of the Year Quest.

    We were proud to support our representative, Alec Pokarier, who did an outstanding job yet again.

    Although Alec was not announced as the winner of the Final, he is certainly a ''''winner'''' of a young man. Congratulations again Alec.

    Photo: Some of the gang with Alec Pokarier (Centre), our representative in the Lions Youth of the Year Quest, QLD State Final, and Merv Ferguson, Q1 District Governor (Left)

    More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/yoty/


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    Launch of Mens Wellness Program funded by Runaway Bay Lions

    Runaway Bay Lions are proud to announce that as a result its support, the Trinity Disability Support Services will shortly be announcing the launch of its Mens Wellness Program.

    The program will provide valuable support and information to men with intellectual disabilities on a range of male specific health and well-being topics.

    With the support of Runaway Bay Shopping Village, the Runaway Bay Lions, in conjunction with the Zonta Club of Paradise Point, were able to raise funds by undertaking a gift wrapping service at the Runaway Bay Shopping Village last Christmas.

    Pictured at the official cheque handover are (L-R) Kathryn Lewis (Runaway Bay Shopping Village), Edmund McMahon (Trinity Disability Support Services), Lion Robert Holden, Lion Geoff Lauff, and Linda Johnson (Runaway Bay Shopping Village).

    Runaway Bay Lions is thankful to all the volunteers who worked hard raising the funds, the members of the public for their outstanding generosity, and the Runaway Bay Shopping Village for its continued support.

    Press release.. A COURSE aimed at educating and empowering Gold Coast men living with an intellectual disability will commence in May, thanks to a generous donation from the Runaway Bay Lions Club.
    Trinity Disability Support Service Mr Lauff said.

    More details: http://lccqld.org.au/


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    It is raining members at Runaway Bay Lions

    Membership is booming at Runaway Bay Lions Club with more new inductions at a recent dinner meeting realising a massive 75% increase in member numbers in just 6 months at this vibrant and active club.

    It was a wonderful dinner meeting, capped off with an interesting presentation by Lion Tony Cornell on the fantastic Outward Bound youth adventure program.

    If you are interested in joining Lions, or maybe just want to know a little more about the fun, interesting and rewarding activities that we do, and live in or near Runaway Bay, Hollywell, Paradise Point, Coombabah, Biggera Waters, Anglers Paradise or surrounding areas then we have a place with your name written all over it !!!

    Check out our Facebook Page at : http://facebook.com/pages/runaway-bay-lions-club/127174014130959

    Email us at : runawaybaylions@hotmail.com

    Call us on : 0403 049535

    Do it now whilst you are thinking of it. Be part of the change!!! :)

    Photo (L-R) Club Secretary Lion Geoff Lauff, Lion Jim Lutherborrow, Lion Les McKenzie, Club President Lion Peter White

    More details: http://facebook.com/pages/runaway-bay-lions-club/127174014130959


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    Supporting Youngcare residents

    Runaway Bay Lions were pleased to attend Youngcare Apartments Coomera recently for the official handover of a commercial dishwasher and oven that were purchased as part of a $5,000 donation in support of the residents.

    Youngcare is working to provide choice in care and housing for young Australians with 24/7 care needs.

    Right now, there are 7,500 young Australians with high care needs living in aged care - simply because there are very limited alternatives. A further 700,000 young people are being cared for at home by family and friends, often with limited support.

    All young people deserve young lives. This issue affects Australians nation-wide, and Youngcare aims to create awareness to drive change and create real choices for young Australians with full-time care needs.

    Photo: Lion Peter Kidston and Lion Judy Meier admire the new dishwasher


    More details: http://www.youngcare.com.au


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    State Final of Youth of the Year for our Alec


    Alec Pokarier of Coomera Anglican College has won his way into the State Final of the Lions Youth of the Year.

    Alec, who is sponsored by Runaway Bay Lions Club has earnt this right after winning the District Final at Warwick on 23/3/13.

    Alec has now won the Club Final, Zone Final, Region Final and District Final in recent weeks.

    Alec will be putting his best foot forward in the QLD State Final at Wynnum Manly Workers Club on 6/4/2013.

    Congratulations Alec, and Good Luck in the State Final !!!



    More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/yoty/


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    We are a Facebooking kind of club

    Runaway Bay Lions club has joined the wonderful world of Facebook.

    For up to the minute news on the clubs activities come and have a look see, and *like* our Facebook page.

    We will be so pleased you did !!!


    More details: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Runaway-Bay-Lions-Club/127174014130959


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    It is onward and upward for Alec

    Alec Pokarier, of Coomera Anglican College has won his way into the District Final of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest. Alec was able to win the Region Final held at Lions Haven for the Aged, Hope Island recently.

    Runaway Bay Lions Club, who is proud to be the sponsor club of Alec, is thrilled at the progress Alec has made in this prestigious competition which is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth.

    Congratulations Alec, and best wishes to your continued success in the Lions Youth of the Year Quest.

    Photo : District Governor Merv Ferguson congratulates Alec at the Region Final.


    More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/yoty/


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    Lions Youth of the Year Quest Zone Finals

    Runaway Bay Lions Club has hosted the Zone A Finals.

    The Finalists who each won their respective Club Judging Days held recently were:
    - Pietro Alfieri, AB Paterson College (Helensvale Lions Club),
    - Megan Haswell, Tamborine Mtn High (Tamborine Mtn Lions Club),
    - Sarah Walton, Calvary Christian College, (Ormeau Lions Club)
    - Monica Esmond, Marymount College, (Carrara Lions Club),
    - Alec Pokarier, Coomera Anglican College (Runaway Bay Lions Club).

    The outstanding quality of the contestants, and their performance, meant the judges were tasked with a very demanding task in selecting the top three contestants to go on to the next level of the competition, being the Region Final.

    Sarah, Monica and Alec were selected to compete in the District Final. Sarah was also adjudged winner of the public speaking element.

    Sincere thanks to the contestants and judges. Special thanks to the Paradise Point Uniting Church in providing the venue.

    Photo: Contestants and Judges Zone A Final.

    More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/yoty/


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    Working for Queensland Flood Appeal

    In response to the devasting impact on various Queensland communities, Runaway Bay Lions Club was keen to provide assistance and support to those effected. The Club decided that it would donate all profits from a sausage sizzle held at Bunnings Harbourtown to the Queensland Flood Appeal.

    The Queensland Government in partnership with Australian Red Cross established the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013. Funds raised through the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013 will be used to assist individuals and families directly affected by the Queensland floods in January 2013.

    The distribution of all monies raised by the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013 will be overseen by the Independent Distribution Committee. The committee is chaired by Terry Mackenroth and includes government, Red Cross and community representatives. Donated money will not be used to cover the fund''s administrative costs, all such costs are covered by the Queensland Government. All interest earned on donations will be invested back into the fund.

    Through the genorosity of the local community, and the very special support of Bunnings Harbourtown, Runaway Bay Lions Club was able to donate over $900 to the Queensland Flood Appeal.

    Photo : Runaway Bay Lions Club members with the presentation cheque : (L to R ) Lion Steve Grech, Lion Jeannie Ward, Lion Bernie Scobie, Lion Sharon Ballis and Lion Bruce Ede.


    More details: http://queenslandfloodsappeal2013.org.au/


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    Lions Youth of the Year Quest: Club Judging Day

    Lions Youth of the Year is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth, at the age when they are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education, and provides students with the incentive to pay greater attention to the general qualities, so vital in developing our youths into first class citizens. The qualities sought, apart from academic attainments are those of leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship.

    Runaway Bay Lions Club Judging Day was held recently with Alec Pokarier from Coomera Anglican being ajudged winner on the day, and will now go on to the Zone Final in a few weeks time. Congratulations also to Emma Peterson from AB Paterson College who won the public speaking.

    Photo Left : Alec Pokarier.



    More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/yoty/


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    Cooking up a storm for Tori

    Runaway Bay Lions lent our support to Tori''''s Transplant Fund which is seeking to raise funds to facillitate a bone marrow transplant for Tori. Lions Jeannie, Peter, Bruce and Geoff cooked up a sausage storm at the Paradise Point Fun Day held to raise funds for this worthy cause. Photo : Lion Geoff Lauff with Tori and Mum

    More details: http://www.facebook.com/TorisTransplantFund#!/TorisTransplantFund


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    Wrapping the Valentines love for Lions Hearing Dogs

    With the support of the Runaway Bay Shopping Village, The Runaway Bay Lions Club set up a Valentines Gift Wrapping Service in the week leading up to Valentines Day. Appreciative customers kindly donated to the Lions Hearing Dogs.

    Lions hearing dogs have transformed the lives of hundreds of Australians. Hearing dogs alert their owners to sounds in the home by touching the owner with a paw things like knocks on the door, a baby crying or the phone ringing. Most importantly, hearing dogs alert their owners to life-saving sounds like smoke alarms.

    Our dogs not only offer safety, security and independence for the hearing impaired at home, they also give many the confidence to participate more fully in their community.

    Hearing dogs are not just working dogs; they offer years of faithful and friendly companionship. They are very special indeed.


    Again, we thank the Runaway Bay Community and the Runaway Bay Shopping Village for their support.

    Photo : Presentation of cheque to Lions Hearing Dogs reps Lion Lance Roberts (Left), Lion Peter Massey (right) and Lion Sandy (orange jacket) by Runaway Bay Lions Club Reps , Lion Jeannie Ward and Lion David Zanoni


    More details: http://hearingdogs.asn.au/


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    Runaway Bay Lions Supporting Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal

    After seeing the heartache and devestation caused by the Tasmanian Bushfires, Runaway Bay Lions Club with the support of the Runaway Bay Shopping Village, set up a donation stand in the shopping centre and raised $7,522.45 for the lions Bushfire Appeal

    Every dollar donated goes directly to assist the victims of the bushfires

    The Australian Lions Foundation And Lions International together have already donated $60,000 for Tasmainian Bushfire Relief

    We thank the Runaway Bay Community for the generous donations as well as the shopping centre management for their support


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    More details: http://lionsclubs.org.au/




District news

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    Congratulations Dominic

    Congratulations to Dominic Medford, representing the Rosewood club and our District Q1 who took out the Public Speaking award at the State Youth of the Year competition. Well done

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    Youth of the year District Q1 finals

    Great night last night at the District Q1 Youth of the Year judging. Very inspiring and challenging speeches by the six candidates. Congratulations to Dominic Medford representing the Rosewood club who will go on to Mackay for the state finals as overall winner and to Peter Kleinschmidt representing the Rochedale Springwood club who won the public speaking award. Well done to all - a great effort

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    Youth of the Year District winner

    District Q1 Youth of the Year Winner Nelson Reed-Banyard attends Marsden State High School sponsored by Woodridge Kingston Lions Club. A great evening listening to six wonderful students who could have all been winners.

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  • Convention notices of motion

    Here are copies of the notices of motion for the district convention in Stanthorpe

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    More details: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ra0qsog7fdpso3z/ltr%20to%20clubs%20-%20convention%20notices%20of%20motion.docx?dl=0


  • 2015 MD Convention newsletter

    Keep up to date with the latest from the Newcastle convention committee with their newsletter below

    More details: https://www.dropbox.com/s/n9zm7z2a1g6rrq2/Newcastle%20Convention%20Newsletter.docx?dl=0


  • District policy minutes

    The District Policy Minutes are now posted in the private "Members" section of our District website. To log in to the members section enter your name as it is recorded at LCI and the password is your LCI membership number


  • Photos from 2014 convention

    Photos from our 2014 district convention are now posted on the 'district convention page - just go to this page and click on the blue words "photos from convention"


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    October is Breast cancer awareness month

    You can support this cause by bidding on a celebrity painted bra at our upcoming district convention


  • 100th Anniversary of lions coming up

    Lions100.org is Now Live – Visit the new Centennial website for logos, historical photos, timelines and all things #Lions100. (Currently available in English only. Language sites to be added later this year.)



    More details: http://lions100.org/EN/index.php


  • ANZI Newsletter

    Here is a copy of the latest newsletter from the ANZI organising committee for the event taking place in Adelaide later this month

    More details: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tvy2lgowa49dk1u/ANZI%20August%202014.pdf


  • ANZI Forum newsletter - July 2014

    Here is a copy of the latest newsletter for the ANZI Forum being held in Adelaide from the 29th to 31st August Forum details and registration form are part of this newsletter. Note that the cut off for registration is the 25th August

    More details: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jo6heqj1iscy241/July%202014.pdf


  • Christmas cake payments

    Commencing 2014 Lions Australia will have a new payment method to Top Taste Cakes – each club will be allocated a PayWay Card unique to their club. All payments can then be made over the counter at any Australia Post outlet with the Club’s unique PayWay Card. Top Taste will be forwarding details to all club Secretaries.


  • ADVANCED LIONS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE:

    Applications are now open the next ALLI to be held in Adelaide 26th - 28th Aug.
    Applicants should have been a Club President but not have held the position of 1st VDG at the time of the course.
    Applications close 12th June. Application form can be downloaded from the LCI website at:
    http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/member-center/leadership-development/development-programs/senior-lions-leadership-institutes/index.php


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    May is recycle for sight month

    This month, collect used eyeglasses and raise awareness about the Lions eyeglass recycling program.



    Eyeglass recycling is one of the Lions most popular activities.



    Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions in developing nations lack access to basic eye care services. Lions have recognized the urgent need for corrective lenses and continue to lend their support to the Lions Recycle for Sight Program.



    Starting an eyeglass collection in your community can be an easy and rewarding activity that will raise your club's visibility and provide your fellow Lions with a great deal of satisfaction in serving others.



    Contact local businesses, schools, libraries, places of worship, city administrative centers and eye care professionals. Invite them to assist with your collection efforts by hosting collection boxes.

    Use Lions Recycle for Sight resources for your collection campaign,

    Send your collected eyeglasses, reading glasses, frames and sunglassesse to one of the official Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers.

    Report your club's eyeglass collection efforts via the online Lions Club Service Activity Report.




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