Not all projects conducted by Koo Wee Rup & District Lions Club are fund raising in nature. The vision of a Lions club is to be a global leader in community and humanitarian service. To this end Lions members play a variety of roles in their community. Many Lions projects do not involve the raising of funds but as can be seen from the style of project listed hereunder the actions of Lions are always taken for the betterment of the our community.
Lions are involved in far too many projects to go into great detail here. In the health area - vision, childhood cancer, cord blood, drug education and prostate cancer are but a few. In the youth area Youth of the Year, Youth Exchange and Leo's Clubs. Concerned with disabilities are autism spectrum disorder, children's mobility, hearing dogs, operation smile and spinal cord projects.
Your Koo Wee Rup & District Club is actively involved in catering for the Anzac day Dawn Service Breakfast and pleasing many children with Letters From Father Christmas each year. Other projects keeping your Lions busy are detailed as follows.
Youth of the Year
Young persons 15 years of age and under 19 years of age as at June 30th are eligible to enter Youth of the Year. This is a prestigious event for young people having been in existence for more than 46 years. The aim of the project is to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth. The qualities sought apart from academic attainments are those of leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship.
The Koo Wee Rup Lions Carols by Candlelight is a not for profit event where proceeds are used for community donations or improving the event in future years. Non-denominational the event celebrates the nature and characteristics of the region and encourages participation of a range of residents and community organizations.
Conducted at the Community Hall, Rossiter Road as Christmas nears this project is arranged and co-ordinated by one Lions member who is assisted on the night by most members of the club. Prior to the start of the carols, is a free sausage sizzle for those attending. Involved are the Cardinia Shire, the Township Committee, the Koo Wee Rup Men's Shed, the Koo Wee Rup Secondary College along with all Primary Schools within the area. The evening culminates in the attendance of Father Christmas who has sweets for all.
Junior Public Speaking
The is a new project to Lions and is in the development stages. The aim of this project is to give students at Primary School level the chance to develop their ability to speak in public. Years 3/4 and years 5/6 from Koo Wee Rup, Bayles and Lang Lang Primary Schools compete for a trophy provided by your Lions Club. The successful candidate from these schools competes with students from participating nearby schools until coming up against students from the Lions District.
Recycle for Sight
Glasses are donated to your local Lions Club and forwarded to Queensland where they are quality tested, washed, dried and graded in lensometer machines. They are then sorted, packed and forwarded to Lions Clubs, church missions and humanitarian groups in third world countries to be given to people in need. Local glasses may be left at the Lions Opportunity Shop 290 Rossiter Road, Koo Wee Rup.
Emergency Medical Information Books
This contains all of a person's information and medical records needed if or when an ambulance is called and they need to be transported to hospital. When paramedics are called a typical scenario is that distraught family members may be unable to give correct details of the patient's condition or the medication they may be on. These books are available from the Senior Citizens Club Rooms, Koo Wee Rup Hospital reception or Direct Chemist Outlet, Shop 1, Station Street, Koo Wee Rup.
The club could not reach its aims without some forms of fundraising. All funds raised by Lions benefits the local community in some way. Monies donated directly to those local organizations has an immediate effect straight away and monies donated to research projects/foundations from the wider community of Australia, Victoria or the International community feeds back into better health or welfare in the long run for local community members.
The Located at 290 Rossiter Road, Koo Wee Rup the Lions Community Opportunity Shop commenced business in August 1992 and since that time has provided a great deal of funding to local community organizations.
All Op Shop workers are volunteers and come from the various community groups who benefit from sales. There are a team of permanent volunteers who act as sorting staff under the direction of Lion Sheryl Blay. This shop regularly donates approximately $35,000 per year to these community groups.
Christmas Cakes & Puddings
Both products are made by George Western Foods Top Taste. Lions Traditional Christmas Cakes contain 50% fruit and both the Cakes and the Puddings are mixed in the conventional style. Cakes are available in 1.5kg size at $15 and 1kg size at $11. Puddings are available in 0.9kg size at $11 and at a convenient 80gm size at $2.
To purchase keep a look out in local Koo Wee Rup, Bayles and Lang Lang banks and stores. For bulk orders to be used as Christmas gifts to employees or customers please contact our Cake/Puddings Chairman Ken Blay on phone 03 5915 3613
These popular sweets are available from display stands at various outlets throughout Koo Wee Rup in the original peppermint flavour and also in the more recent innovative flavours of musk, spearmint and the ever popular fizzers.
Street Sausage Sizzle
Conducted on a regular basis at a variety of locations throughout the area. The sale of sausages helps to promote Lions in the community as well as raise much needed funds to continue their community work.