Support for 'Chasing a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes' from District 202F Lions Clubs was initiated by the Owaka Club and promoted enthusiastically by District Governor Andy Andrews, says project co-ordinator Sandra Grant.
“Over the past 18 months, Bruce McGill (Immediate Past President of Owaka Lions), Dr Jim Faed and I have visited a number of Lions clubs, speaking to them about SCSNZ and Chasing a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
“At the 202F District Convention (8 March 2014), Jim gave an inspiring presentation on our adult stem cell research. Then Past District Governor, Lynette Batt, read and moved the remit, which was seconded by Bruce McGill from Owaka Lions and passed UNANIMOUSLY by all clubs present. Lynette also read the MD202 (national) remit that will be presented at the MD202 Convention in April. Thank you Lynette for all the hours that you put into preparing the remits.
“The 202F Lions District remit:
That this District Convention actively supports the decision of the District Cabinet in favour of the Owaka Lions Club’s aim to assist the Spinal Cord Society (New Zealand) Incorporated with research into treating and finding a cure for the disease known as Type 1 Diabetes and urges all Lions Clubs within District 202F to undertake fundraising projects to meet a District target of $214,000 to fund a new Terumo BCT Quantum Cell Culture System by 30 June 2015.
“What followed at the convention was a wonderful surprise for me. I was presented with a Medal of Merit from 202F Lions for my work with the cure project.I can’t thank 202F Lions enough for their whole-hearted and unwavering support of SCSNZ’s work, especially Bruce and Andy. I am thrilled to be working with them all.
PHOTO: Sandra Grant and Jim Faed (SCSNZ) at the 202F Lions convention with, right, Bruce McGill (Owaka Lions Club). Photo: Donald Lamont