Here's just a small sampling of the projects that we've worked on over the years.
The Story Dogs pilot reading assistance program is now firmly in place and we are pleased to be able to provide sponsorship for Sherrin, a stunning accredited and trained black Labrador, who will visit the Forest Lake State School on Tuesday mornings with her handler Lion Caroline King.
We thank everyone in the community who have supported our fundraising efforts to enable the program.
In conjunction with the school’s Principal, and Story Dogs Ltd., Lions Club of Forest Lake Inc. is able to support the shared common commitment of the staff to provide a quality education for all students and to commit to The Lions International Reading Action Program which focuses on strengthening global literacy opportunities for children in a school environment.
In line with Story Dogs mission, voluntary hours can now be dedicated to making reading fun for children, utilizing a canine as the spark to light the education fire and a tool for providing a safe, non-judgemental environment, thus encouraging confident, lifelong readers.
Youth of the year
If you are a young person and will be between the ages of 15 and 19 years of age as at 30th June, you are eligible to enter Lions Youth of the Year . This is a prestigious event for young people, which boasts many high profile Australians among the ranks of former entrants. These include: Kevin Rudd, Peter Beattie, ABC’s Sabra Lane and Senator Simon Birmingham. By entering the program, which is now in its 50th year, you will have an unequalled opportunity to experience an interview situation – in a friendly atmosphere – and a chance to practise your public speaking skills.
The best way to enter, is to contact the Forest Lake Lions Club.
Adopt a Road Project
Since 2013 the Lions Club of Forest Lake have adopted a section of road from south of the Forest Lake Shopping Centre to north of the Lake, and down College Avenue. It's our aim to regularly clean the area. We also clean up the new section of Blunder Road.
The Forest Lake Lions Club is delighted to support the local RSL Sub Branch each ANZAC Day. We man the tea and coffee and sell lamingtons on behalf of the RSL. We also proud to participate in the March and the ceremony at the Lake.
children of courage
Each year the Lions Club of Forest Lake honours local "Children of Courage". Children of Courage recognises a very special group of children and their families.
It is not a competition. Every recipient of an award is a “winner” in his or her own right. Children of Courage recognises children want to be accepted by others, regardless of any special needs they may have. This program awards children who have successfully overcome additional barriers.
BEING FRIENDLY FACES AT THE LODGE NURSING HOME
The Club plays a role in supporting a broad cross section of our community. Each year members visit the Lodge Nursing Home on Christmas Day, Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day. The friendly Lions' faces as well as providing a gift helps make these days very special for the residents.
The Forest Lake Lions Club raises a significant amount of its funds at a broad range of community barbecues. The support of the community at such events enables the Club to direct proceeds to a wide range of special needs to in our community.
Forest Lake Lions Club members volunteer their services to run the barbecues at a range community events with funds going to the event organisers such asthe Forest Lake State Primary School Fete.
Lions Recycle for Sight
Throughout the year, Lions, Leos and other volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to our regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact.
The Lions Club of Forest Lake has collected thousands of glasses for this cause.
Buy a Lions Christmas Cake and Support the Community
The Lions Christmas Cake and Pudding program has been a major fund-raising project of Lions Australia since 1965 and raised more than $56mill. The proceeds from this project are donated back into the community on great causes including Blindness Prevention and Vision improvement projects, Medical Research, Children’s Mobility Foundation, Eye Health Program, Hearing Dogs, Disaster Relief, Aged Care, Drug Awareness, Youth Programs.
You may rest assured that should you purchase a product from the Lions Club of Forest Lake the proceeds generated will be put to good use in the community.
They also taste great! All cakes and puddings are baked to the relevant, identical recipe ensuring a uniform, high quality product.
In 2017 the product line was:
· Lions Christmas Cake 1.5kg $17.00
· Lions Christmas Cake 1kg $13.00
· Lions Christmas Pudding 900gm $13.00
· Lions Mini Cake 80gm $2.00
· Centenary Tin containing a 1.5kg Cake $22.00
Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser
This major fundraising event helps raise funds for a nominated cause. In the projects first two years funds raised went to two local children with the rare condition, apraxia as well help purchase a Hart Walker for a child suffering from celebral palsy.
Where there's a need there's a Lion
Every year the Club responds to plight of members of the community facing extreme challenges.
Such an example was "Twins with Apraxia Project" where the Club with the assistance of a $22,000 grant through Australian Lions Foundation helped local twins Sophia and Olivia.
With little help available in Australia to assist Apraxia sufferers Sophia and Olivia, the Club helped the girls attend ato a school in Florida USA. Assistancecovered the costs of visas, flights, insurance and accommodation for the first six months. The school runs a range of scientifically proven therapies which they combined into a specific intensive individual program which will address each of the girl’s needs.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
As the official charitable organization of Lions Clubs International, a leading humanitarian organization, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) supports Lions’ compassionate works by providing grant funding for their local and global humanitarian efforts.
LCIF helps Lions improve peoples’ lives around the world, from combating vision problems to responding to major catastrophes to providing valuable life skills to youth. Because LCIF helps Lions carry out large-scale projects through our grant programs, Lions increase their impact in their local and global communities and serve even more people in need around the world.
To support Lions’ mission of serving communities and meeting humanitarian needs, LCIF provides grants in these focus areas: