What do we do?
The Lion Club of Edwardstown was Chartered in 1962 and meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. The first is the Business meeting held at The Edwardstown Club, East Terrace, South Plympton SA 5038 with a supper after the meeting. The second is our guest Speaker meeting which is a dinner meeting held atThe Edwardstown Club, East Terrace, South Plympton SA 5038 where we can order from the general menu at our own cost. Partners and friends are welcome to this meeting.
The Club has a Board of Management which consists of President, Secretary, Treasurer, 3 Vice Presidents and other positions pertaining to the running of the Club. The 1st VP is responsible for the Administration of the Club, 2nd VP responsible for the projects and 3rd VP for the fundraising for the projects. .
Moneys fundraised from activities directed at the public are returned to the public by way of activities listed below and specific donations. We have donated 4 Oximeters at $1,000 each to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital so that new born babies can be checked for possible heart defects. I Pads have been donated to local kindergartens to assist in addressing the learning problems of young children with early Autism Spectrum Disorder and children with English as a second language. Our focus is also on assisting the homeless and disadvantaged in our local areas.
The Lions Club of Edwardstown is active in supporting children, youth and the homeless and disadvantaged in our local area and opportunities to fundraise are always appreciated.
Who we help
Sleeping Rough Project
Through networking with local community service agencies, need for personal care items for homeless persons was identified. Members donated soaps, shampoos etc. collected from holiday stays and the concept of ‘Pamper Packs’ began. Small packs containing toiletries, a comb, tissues and handy wipes have been distributed to agencies assisting local homeless people. These packs are small enough to be carried in a back pack and assist in personal hygiene thereby raising the self-esteem of these persons in need. This project has grown with other Lions Clubs collecting items to be placed in the packs. Edwardstown Lions Club purchase items needed to supplement these packs. Agencies we are currently donating packs to are Church of Christ, St Andrews by the Sea at Glenelg, Mission Australia, Southern Domestic Violence Centre and the Salvation Army. https://www.facebook.com/Sleeping-Rough-Project-1751412811753681/
David Martin Memorial Leadership Excellence Awards
The Club perpetuates the memory of the late Past District Governor, David Martin, by the annual presentation of an award to the value of $600.00 to each of the following secondary schools: Hamilton Secondary College, William Light R12 School and Emmaus Christian College. Ascot Park Primary School, Edwardstown Primary School, Forbes Primary School and St Anthony’s School each receive $100.00. These awards are presented annually to students displaying leadership skills (not necessarily academic excellence) and coincide with each school’s speech day.
Charles Bright Scholarship
$1,000 per annum to enable students with disabilities to continue their higher education. https://www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au/scholarships/sir-charles-bright-scholarship/sir-charles-bright-scholarship-trust/11308
Motor Neurone Disease
“Walk to D Feet” held annually. Edwardstown Lions Club members cook and serve the BBQ for the 500 – 600 walkers. https://www.mndassociation.org/get-involved/fundraising/doyourownthing/walk-to-dfeet/
Eye Glass and Hearing Aid Recycling
Members find outlets to place collection boxes for unwanted spectacle and hearing aid collection. These are then boxed and posted to Brisbane where they are cleaned, the prescription checked and labelled. They are then distributed to third world countries such as the Solomon Islands & Sri Lanka. http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/how-we-serve/health/sight/eyeglass-recycling.php
Club pays for 1-2 teachers from 5 local primary schools to attend training in managing difficult behaviours in the classroom each year. https://www.lions-quest.org/
The Club has sponsored a Hearing dog for a local resident and also sponsored Sound systems to local schools. These sound systems assist children with hearing difficulties to hear the teacher clearly from any area of the classroom. https://hearingdogs.asn.au/
Emergency Medical Booklets are distributed to outlets for the public to purchase for a gold coin donation. These books hold information on the medications and medical conditions of the person and are attached by magnet to the fridge. In an emergency the SA Ambulance officers are trained to check the fridge for one of these booklets for info on the patient which in many cases speeds up the treatment process.
Household items and second hand clothing are collected by Club members and friends, sorted and distributed to 5 charities including Marion Life Community Services, Moore Street Mission for homeless men, Uniting Care Wesley Bowden which supports migrants and refugees and Louise Place which provides support and care for young pregnant women and babies. Food items are also donated to Marion Life to supplement food packages to assist people in need. Goods are also donated to SA Health Aboriginal Unit at Clovelly Park.
BBQ's are conducted for Carers groups, Forbes Primary school sports day, Forbes Early Learning Centre Family Tea, Glandore Kindergarten Christmas breakup.
Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation
Sale of foreign coin and banknotes has realized $56 so far this financial year.
Other projects have included donation of a special wheelchair for the Phlato Disability Unit at Hamilton High School, Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation by sponsoring specially fitted walkers for children with cerebral palsy and who are clients of Novita and support of Marion Life Community Services which is Edwardstown Lions Club’s local charity of choice.
We also collect -
- prescription glasses and sunglasses
- hearing aids
- postage stamps on paper
- foreign banknotes and coins
- plastic bread tabs
- motel sized toileteries
How we raise funds
BBQ’s - monthly bbq's at Bunnings Edwardstown
Christmas Cakes/Puddings – members place these in businesses etc. and are also sold at Bunnings and Castle Plaza Shopping Centre late November.
Lions Mints – members find businesses etc. to place mints for sale at 60c/pack. https://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/products/mints/
Wheelchair, Stroller Hire at the Royal Adelaide Show : the club owns 10 wheelchairs and 30 strollers which are stored at the Showgrounds. We are provided with a room during Show week from which to hire them out to the public at the cost of $4.00 per hour. Members volunteer in pairs each day of the Show in 2 shifts a day – 9.00am to 3.30pm and 3.30pm to 9.30pm.
Carols in the Park BBQ – Glandore Community Centre, 1st Wednesday evening in December. We provide the BBQ and drinks for about 600 people attending. This event replaces the Club meeting for the 1st Wednesday of December and all members assist as able.
A Small Machine to Save Lives
A 2013 State Award winning project
The members of the Lions Club of Edwardstown were challenged recently following the sudden death of the infant daughter of a Club Member at the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital.
It was determined that oxygen levels in the new-born were not at the levels expected which led to heart issues and eventual death. Although this is not a common problem, screening can also identify other issues that may respond well to timely medical intervention. Until recently, regular testing of all new-born babies has not been a practice in Australian maternity units.
In conjunction with the Neonatal Medicine Team at the W & CH, four Nellcor Handheld pulse oximeter machines (OxiMax N-65) were purchased and donated by the Club to the Hospital at a presentation on Monday 1st July.
The portability of the machines enables them to be taken to the birth, not the babies to the machines. Dr Chad Andersen, Medical Unit Head, thanked the Club for the donation and says that the medical team are in the process of rolling out the Oximetry Screening Program for babies delivered in our Centre. He hopes that the template for the program will be used to test all babies born in the State.
The challenge to Lions is to provide the machines to all hospitals with maternity units in their Club's district. Expensive? around $1100 for each machine.