Who We Serve
Lions respond to their community’s needs and collectively are involved in a massively diverse range of projects and activities. They have strength in numbers when collectively called on to help with a national or international situation.
The catastrophic Canterbury earthquake is an example of Lions mobilising at a local level, on a national scale and campaigning internationally. Lions bought and distributed drinking water and set-up food stations within hours. They sourced and distributed chemical toilets within days. As an international partner with Red Cross, Lions made house calls to survey people’s needs.
A global fund-raising campaign headed by Lions International has so far provided nearly $1 million in cash for Canterbury families in need.
Photo: Lions Clubs International Foundation president Eberhard Wirfs views the devastation in Cathedral Square.
Who Loins Helps
People who live in the community know their community’s needs and because Lions Clubs are autonomous, decisions about community projects are made at the community’s grass roots. Lions’ projects tend to be very hands on and they actively work alongside organisations that they support.
They are also significant fund raisers and are very proud that every dollar they raise from the public goes to the cause. They cover the hard costs of items needed for their project, where these are not donated but have to be bought and paid for. But they do not take a percentage of the money for their own purposes.
This makes them distinctly different from professional charity fundraisers.
Photo: Kerikeri Kindergarten gets a beautiful new playhouse, thanks to Kerikeri Lions and David Reid Homes.