LIONS CLUB OF CROYDON-MOOROOLBARK - PROJECTS
Lions Awareness Day - 2020
Members were at Bunnings Croydon on Sunday 8 March 2020 and instead of manning the BBQ they were promoting Lions Awareness Day, with an information display stand and giving away free pop corn !! A great way to show the community what Lions is all about and encourage people to join us.
2020 - CPEC Charity Golf Day - Lions Clubs Join Forces for a Common Goal
Croydon-Mooroolbark, Vermont and Wheelers Hill Lions Clubs joined forces to organise a Charity Golf Day on Sunday 1st March 2020 for Cerebral Palsy Education Centre (CPEC) who support children (0-18 years) with Cerebral Palsy and similar conditions. It was a very early start for our members albeit, it was definitely a worthwhile project, which gave a significant cash injection to them. Peter Hitchener from Channel 9 was the MC for what was a very successful and enjoyable day.
Youth of the Year 2020
The Lions Club of Croydon-Mooroolbark held the club level of "Youth of the Year" Competition on Sunday 16 February 2019 at Dorset Gardens. This year, we had 8 students including two cadets representing 5 schools. We thank our three judges - Jan McMenamin, Sue Blank and Carl Weinberg. Carl Weinberg is the Branch Manager at the local National Australia Bank in Croydon. The students all performed very well and selecting one from the group was a very hard task. William from Norwood Secondary College was judged the best at the impromptu questions, while Luca from Luther Secondary College (a cadet) was judged the best speaker for the event. The schools involved were: - Luther Secondary College, Croydon, Mooroolbark Secondary College, Mooroolbark, Norwood Secondary College, Croydon, Ringwood Secondary College, Ringwood and Yarra Hills Secondary College, Mooroolbark.
The Dining Room
Providing meals to disadvantaged and homeless people within our community and then the clean up !!! The Dining Room - 2nd Tuesday of the month
Each Tuesday and Thursday of the school terms, members of Croydon-Mooroolbark Lions provide breakfast for students at the local primary school. We also appreciate the donations of food and the assistance on a Thursday morning from the Croydon Presbyterian Church.
Reading Glasses - Recycle for Sight Project
Croydon-Mooroolbark Lions has sent 3,000 pairs of reading glasses to the "Lions Recycle for Sight" Centre in Queensland. These glasses are quality tested, washed, dried, graded in a Lensometer machines, sorted and packed for on-forwarding to Lions Clubs, Church missions, Humanitarian groups in third world countries and people in genuine need.
Our club partners - drop off / collection points are;
OPSM - 100 Main Street, Croydon
Harris Blake & Parsons Optometrists - 59 Main Street, Croydon
Lions Club of Croydon-Mooroolbark Op-Shop - 50 Manchester Road, Mooroolbark
Last year Lions Australia gave 300,000 donated pairs of glasses to people in Africa, Moldova, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Thailand, Vanuatu, Papua, Solomon Islands, Fiji, East Timor and Pacific Rim.
Lion Christmas Cakes 2019
Another successful year selling Lion Christmas cakes, manning 2 separate locations Bunnings Croydon and Croydon Central as well as a number of outlets, including Mooroolbark & Croydon Carols. As with all Lion Projects the profits made all goes back to the Community to the Community.
Book Fare 2019
The Croydon-Mooroolbark Lions BBQ was fired up in September 2019 for a sausage sizzle at a local Primary School. Each child received a sausage or two, and free book to encourage the students to read books. Another great project.
Biggest Morning Tea - Cake Sale
Saturday 22 June and Bunnings Croydon was the venue for the Lions Club of Croydon-Mooroolbark's "Biggest Morning Tea - Cake stall" with a large array of cakes on offer, we raised $339.80 for the Cancer Council Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. A bi thank you to all the people that purchased cakes for this worthy cause.
"2019 Coins for Kids" (Cancer Research) Saturday 18 May @ Croydon Central
Croydon-Mooroolbark Lions in conjunction with the students and teachers from Yarra Valley Grammar School collected coins at Croydon Central on Saturday 18 May 2019. All proceeds go to the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation
Gunfire Breakfast - Croydon RSL - Anzac Day 2019
This year, as in the past years, the barbeques were fired up just after 4am at Croydon RSL-Sub Branch for the annual Gunfire Breakfast. Members cooked in excess of 300 eggs and many kilos of bacon, which were packed into bags and later served to those service men and women, along with the general public who returned to their clubrooms from the dawn service. It was evident that the Anzac spirit lives on with the numbers attending, remembering the sacrifices made by our Australian Service personnel throughout our short history.Croydon RSL Sub-Branch President, Ray Hexter expressed his sincere gratitude to all members of Lions in feeding the multitude!! A sentiment that was echoed by numerous people who provided feedback to our members. This traditional outreach to our community is the least we can do, as a reminder of all those that lay down their lives, lost limbs or were mentally affected by the atrocities of war for all of our sakes. “Lest we forget”
53rd Ringwood Highland Games - 2019
Croydon Lions again helped out at the Ringwood Highland Games on Sunday 31 March 2019. The work actually commenced with setting up on the Saturday with an early start on the Sunday morning. Our roles included parking (all day), checking rubbish bins, ensuring the toilet paper didn't run out (unblocking a couple of toilet basins!!) and then the clean up. In addition, this year we had the District Membership trailer on location and members serving teas & coffees, with traditional Scottish Shortbread and our Lion mini cakes. All proceeds going to the Childhood Cancer Research Foundation.
"LIONS NEED 4 FEED" - HELP FOR FARMERS
The Need For Feed projects project was an initiative of Lions and since its inception in 2006, it has provided over $3 million in hay and fodder relief in that time, to farmers devastated by bushfire, drought and the “Dairy Crisis”.At the moment we are assisting our New South Wales farmers both in the north west of the state and the Hunter region. And yes we are getting financial support from the NSW government but this only covers fuel for the trucks, but even that is a substantial cost covered. Please click on the link to a recent Sunrise Program in relation to the Need for Feed program helping the farmers https://au.news.yahoo.com/sam-macs-weather-6-30-204634203.html
Hay is becoming scarce and quite expensive to purchase, so to support the farmers, Croydon Lions fired up the Bunnings Croydon BBQ on Sunday 5 August, with all proceeds raised going to the Need 4 Feed Project. Thank you to all those caring members of the community that bought a sausage on the day and/or donated monies for this very worthy cause.
The Lion Clubs of Emerald and Pakenham organised 14 semi trailers with 635 round bales of donated hay coming across from Tasmania and although the hay, trucks and drivers time were all donated, it still costed $2,500 per truck & trailer to get them to the Mainland. Croydon Lions helped out in loaning our minivan to assist the transporting of drivers from the Spirit of Tasmania around to Web dock on 13 August for their trek to New South Wales.
Please contact our President Ian Atkinson on 9726 6769 should you wish to donate money or care packs and non-perishable foods to this worthy cause.
Gift to the Community of Maroondah
The below part bench located in Town Park Croydon commemorates Croydon Lions contribution to the People of Maroondah in recognition of Lions Clubs International 100 Year Centenary in October 2017. Past President Heather James, Current President Ian Atkinson and 1st Vice President Graham Mackay
Service Clubs joined together - Raising funds for Croydon Special Developmental School
Croydon Special developmental School is located in Croydon and has 120 students with varying degrees of developmental and behavioural disabilities. The school works on individual strengths and abilities of children living with a moderate to severe disability.
The Lions Club of Croydon, the Rotary Club of Croydon and the Rotaract Club of Yarra Ranges worked together raising money to build an interactive outdoor learning space for the students at the School, which was opened on 25 May 2017.