Gisborne & District Lions Club

Gisborne and District Lions Club Inc.

District 201V1-4 Victoria, Australia

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    Used stamps help children with disability

    While receiving letters in the mail is becoming less frequent these days, by collecting used postage stamps and providing them to the Gisborne and District Lions Club you will be helping children with disabilities.
    The Lions Club forwards the used stamps they collect to the Australian Lions Children's Mobility Foundation who use the proceeds from this program, together with its other fundraising programs, to empower children who cannot walk unassisted to reach their potential.
    The Lions Foundation achieves this by facilitating the funding of walking devices that get children out of their wheelchairs and onto their fee so that they are able to walk, explore, play and socialise. This makes them stronger and healthier physically, emotionally, and mentally.

    Walking is the Lions Foundation's gift to the child, a gift that benefits the child, their family, and friends. The Lions Foundation's goal is to provide a walker to every child in Australia who needs one.

    You can help achieve this goal by forwarding your used postage stamps to: Secretary, Gisborne and District Lions Club, PO Box 807, Gisborne 3437 or drop them off to the Lions collection point at Hardy's UFS Pharmacy, Brantome Street, Gisborne.


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    Gisborne Festival forced to cancel

    This year's Gisborne Festival has had to be cancelled.

    The Gisborne and District Lions Club, which organises the Festival, says that after considering a range of scenarios, it has made the agonising decision to cancel this significant community event, which was scheduled to be held on 11 December.

    Due to the range of restrictions imposed by the government as a result of COVID-19, only a limited number of people would have been able to attend a very restricted event on the oval at Gardiner Reserve.

    As the Lions Club's mission for this important event is "to produce an annual festival that brings the community together to have a fun-filled evening in an inclusive and safe environment", the Club felt it would have been unfair to hold an event which only enabled limited numbers to attend.

    The Lions Club is very appreciative of those who annually support the Festival, including the large range of businesses as sponsors, participants in the parade, market and food stall holders, performers, and those engaged to provide a range of activities for the event.

    The Lions Club looks forward to their support for the December 2021 Festival, hopefully after the end of the current health and economic crisis that is confronting our community.


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    Lions Contribute to Skin Cancer Project - Gisborne Gazette August 2020

    The Gisborne and District Lions Club has recently contributed $2,000 towards the acquisition of a Lions Mobile Skin Cancer Check and Awareness Facility to provide free services to remote and rural areas across Victoria and Southern NSW.

    Australiahas one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world. This is nothing to be proud of Lions have identified a distinct need for such a facility to operate in remote areas and towns not serviced, or fully serviced, by dermatologists or other skin specialists. The free services will be directed especially to those that are disadvantaged when it comes to seeking access to dermatological services.

    If you would like to make a donation to the Lions Club to help it continue to assist those in need, contributions can be directed to the Club via PO Box 807, Gisborne 3437, or to our Account: Lions Activity A/C BSB: 633000 Account No: 152262994 Description: insert name of donor.

    The Lions Club has remained connected with its members during these trying times by its monthly meeting held via Zoom on the first Thursday of each month at 730pm. Please phone 0419 318 615 if a membwer of the community would like to attend one of these meetings and/or learn more about Lions.

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    Lions Plan for Gisborne Festival - Gisborne Gazette July 2020

    Despite the restrictions that are currently in place, it is hoped that by the end of the year they will be lifted to enable the Lions Gisborne Festival to be held. Notwithstanding the uncertainty, the Gisborne and District Lions Club has plans well underway, with the Festival scheduled to be held on Friday 11 December.

    The Festival that brings the community together is again planned to have a focus on families with a range of free activities for children.

    Of course,there will be the ever-popular street parade on Gardiner Reserve, there will be live music and entertainment, stalls and carnival rides, concluding with a fireworks display.

    It will cost around $20,000 to produce this free community event with the Lions Club seeking sponsorships from businesses to meet this cost. It is pleasing to report that the Bendigo Bank has already come on board gain as a major sponsor. If you are interested in supporting the Festival, please call Russell Walker, President, on 0319 318 615.

    The Lions Club is also seeking community support bh participation in the street parade and as stallholders.

    Please jump on board and help Lions deliver another successful festival, and bring some joy to our community hopefully at the end of this current health and economic crisis.



    Helena Cyrulo, Secretary, receiving a certificate for $5,000 sponsorship from Bendigo Bank staff member Rebecca Baber


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    Lions support students in need - Gisborne Gazette April 2020

    The Gisborne and District Lions Club recently provided $5,500 to the five local government schools to assist students from families in need. IN a previous edition of the Gazette it was reported that the Lions Club had also provided $10,000 to those impacted by the unprecedented bush fires which have had a devastating impact across Australia.

    The Lions Club donated the funds to the schools to assist students in relation to their education needs, and/or facilitating their participation in sport external to the schools. The funds were provided as follows: Gisborne Primary School ($1,000); New Gisborne Primary ($1,000); Gisborne Secondary College ($2,000); Macedon Primary ($1,000): and Mt Macedon Primary ($500).

    The Lions Club was pleased to contribute to these causes, with the assistance of our local community. The funds were soured from the Club's various fundraising activities within Gisborne and the surrounding district.

    Lions are extremely appreciative of those people who support their fundraising efforts.

    Pictured: Russell Walker OAM, Lions President and Barb Davis, Gisborne Secondary College Chaplain


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    Lions provide $10,000 for fire victims - Gisborne Gazette February 2020

    Gisborne and District LIons Club has provided $10,000 for those impacted by the unprecedented bushfires which have had a devastating impact across Australia.

    The significant amount provided was raised from the club's fundraising activities, including the sale of Lions Chaistmas cakes and tickets to the Christmas Wheelbarrow Raffle. The Lions Club is very appreciative of the community's support of these fundraising activities which facilitates it being able to support those in need.

    Thje winner of the Christmas Wheelbarrow Raffle, which weas drawn at the Bendigo Bank Lions Gisborne Festival, was Nathan Twycross.

    The Lions Club also provided 60 Lions Christmas cakes to the Gisborne Foodbank which were included in Christmas hampers provided to thos in need. The Club provided an opportunity for families and individuals to sponsor these cakes. It is pleasing to report that ll the cakes were sponsored. Refer to the Lions website for details - gisbornenddistrict.vic.lions.org.au. A big thank-you for the community's support of this initiative.

    Pictured: Lions President Russell Walker OAM (left),with Nathan Twycross, the lucky winner, and Lion Marilyn Bryce, the seller of the winning ticket.


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    Lions deliver great festival - Excerpt from the Gisborne Gazette February 2020

    Large crowds attended the Bendigo Bank Lions Gisborne Festival held in December 2019 which had a great family atmosphere.
    There were 30 entries in the street parade led by the Maryborough Highland Pipe Band and included a monster ball, stilt walker and a range of community groups.
    Gardiner Reserve was home to the popular carnival rides, around 70 market and food stalls, and a range of free activities for children, including face painting, hair braiding, jumping castle and the snake man. The large crowd was entertained with music from two bands, a performance by the Bendigo Chinese Lions, and the fireworks display.
    The Gisborne and District Lions Club, who produced the event, is extremely appreciative of the Gisborne and District Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank who was the naming rights sponsor, and the 10 gold and 24 silver sponsors who made this event possible.
    It was great to see the Gisborne and surrounding community supporting this major community event.


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    Police Cyclists bunk down in Gisborne - Gisborne Gazette October 2019

    Around 50 members of the Victoria Police Cycling Club and support crew stayed in Gisborne overnight on 21 September 2019 during a three-day ride from Seymour to Melbourne. The ride was to raise awareness and funds for Police Legacy, which supports families of police members killed while in service.
    In Gisborne the riders and support crew bedded down in sleeping bags n mats in the Gisborne Secondary College stadium, with a much-appreciated breakfast provided free of charge by Gisborne Lions Club, who had organised the accommodation. At the end of the ride, a remembrance service was held at the Victoria Police Memorial Wall in St Kilda Road.

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    Cash for Foodbank - Midland Express 17 September 2019

    The newly established Gisborne Foodbank has received a cash injection of $5,000 from the Gisborne and District Lions Club.
    The Foodbank was established to provide security for people in need and create a 'hub' where people can feel connected and be part of the community.

    The funds were raised at a very successful fundraising evening held at the Gisborne Bowling Club, thanks to the generosity of the 100 people who attended.

    The evening was kindly sponsored by UFS Pharmacies to the value of $1,000 - Hardys UFS Pharmacy in Brantome Street and Gisborne UFS Pharmacy in Neal Street, Gisborne.

    Jenny Barnes expressed her appreciation for the great donation to the Foodbank made by the Gisborne and District Lions Club.




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