Lions provide disaster relief
When the devastating Christchurch earthquake struck on February 22 Lions were immediately mobilised. Lions Clubs International Foundation chairman Eberhard Wirfs flew in from Germany to launch a global appeal to 1.35 million Lions in over 200 countries raising almost $1 million, while local Lions swung into action with food, water, portable toilets and cash to help out fellow Cantabrians. Read More
14 tonnes of coins collected
Heads Up For Kids, a national project to collect old and redundant currency for the benefit young people, has reached a massive milestone with14 tonnes of coins collected thanks to the help of Resene, Fastway Couriers, and New World. The funds raised are used to help transform good Kiwi kids into great New Zealanders. Read More
Lions in Partnership
Lions Clubs from across the lower North Island and upper South Island joined forces to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities to raise almost a million dollars to pay for an entire floor of rooms – known as The Lions’ Den - in Wellington’s new Ronald McDonald House. Spearheaded by Silverstream Lions Club, the massive fundraising effort enable families of children in Wellington Hospital to stay nearby in comfort. Read more
Lions is an international organisation that bridges religious, political, economic and social boundaries. Since 2001 the Lions-Measles Initiative has vaccinated 1 billion children. This highly contagious, deadly disease which strikes 450 children each day can be prevented through a vaccination that costs less than $1 per dose. Since 1968 the Lions Clubs International Foundation has awarded grants of $1 billion including New Zealand projects.
Lions lend a hand
Lions play an important role in the volunteerism sector. New Zealand’s 400 clubs and 11,300 Lions collectively raise an estimated $100 million plus a year for charitable organisations here and in the Pacific region. More than a million Kiwis participate in voluntary work of one kind or another contributing an average of 5.1 hours a week.
International President's message
I Believe in the Lions Motto
I believe in a world of service.
In a world of need, there is someone to help. In a world of suffering, there is someone who cares. In a world of destruction, there is someone to provide relief. In a world of illiteracy, there is someone to teach. And in a world of service, there is one name that stands out among others – Lions Clubs International. WE SERVE. That’s what we do. That’s what we have always done. It is our motto, and the reason we exist. Right: International President Wayne A MaddenRead more