Yearly Archives: 2011

A fantastic Christmas Concert

The North Durban Lions 2011 Christmas Concert (mentioned previously here) was a fantastic success. More than 350 adults and more than 75 children came along on the evening of Friday 16 December, leading to a terrific atmosphere. Many people came much earlier than the 18:00 start, in order to get a good seat, as they knew the event would be popular.

Lenny Bowes entertained the crowd, performing great classics and really setting a festive mood.

The Durban City Orchestra then played a magnificent set, including a variety of Christmas favorites and medleys – the entire crowd was rapt with attention during the performance.

In addition, there were a variety of market and food stalls selling a large range of terrific items.

The North Durban Lions club would like to thank each and every member of the public who came along and made it a great night. We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to the Pick n Pay Hyper-by-the-Sea, whose generous financial support enabled the event to be organised in the first.

The evening’s profits will be used to directly aid children’s projects and those for the elderly.

Thank you again to everyone who came and who contributed to making the concert and evening such a success – we’ll see you next year!

Some photos of the event are below.

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Tree planting at Briardene Primary School

The North Durban Lions club planted 6 trees at the Briardene Primary School recently, continuing the club’s contribution to Lions Clubs International’s 1 Million Trees Campaign. The trees were generously donated by Mr Crispin Hemson of the University of KwaZulu Natal.

The school also provided an opportunity for the pupils to be told a little bit about Lions, which Zone Chair Denise Bolland addressed the pupils and staff about.

The school is very proactive and is constantly seeking to improve the educational experience of its pupils, despite most pupils being from disadvantaged backgrounds with few financial resources.

The North Durban Lions are proud to have been able to serve both the environment and the school and its pupils.

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North Durban Lions Christmas Concert (supported by Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarket)

The North Durban Lions are pleased to announce that they will once again be hosting a Christmas Concert, in conjunction with the Durban City Orchestra. The concert will once again be held at the Golden Hours market grounds. In addition to the orchestra, other musical acts will perform and there will be food and flea market stalls. Secure parking will be available.

The Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarket will be generously supporting the concert, for which the club is deeply grateful. As with all Lions projects, all the proceeds of the concert will be used for charitable projects.

Where: Golden Hours market grounds, on the corner of Radar and Uitsig Roads, a block behind the Hypermarket.

When: 16 December (if it rains, the concert may be moved to 17 December)

Time: 18:00. Gates will open at 17:00.

Cost: R20 for adults, R10 for children.

For further information, please leave a comment below on this page, leave a comment on our contact page or contact any of our club officers or members.

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North Durban Lions named the 2010/2011 Lions Club of the Year in District 410C

At the recent Lions District 410C Midyear Conference, a number of awards were made to clubs for their efforts in the 2010/2011 Lionistic year (the Lionistic year runs from July to June). The North Durban Lions club are delighted and proud to announce that the club won several awards for the 2010/2011 year, when we were extremely ably led by Immediate Past President Ian Ping:

PADDY MCMENEMY HEARING AWARD: This award is given to the club which has conducted the most outstanding hearing related project during the 2010/2011 year. The North Durban Lions were awarded this award due in large part to the fine and non-stop efforts of Lion Jackie Henning. To see articles on the hearing activities that the club undertakes, click here.

DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTO CONTEST: District Chairperson Denise Bolland won first prize in the “Weather Phenomenon” category in this competition, while District Cabinet Secretary Vicki van Wyk won first prize in the “Plant Life” category. Both of them also placed amongst the top-three in the other categories as well.

GEOFF CHETTLE CLUB SECRETARY AWARD: This award is judged based on the administration of a Lions club – regular and timeous completion and submission of meeting minutes, submission of Monthly Membership Reports, Activity Reports and club officer reporting forms in good time to the District, attendance at Zone and District events as the secretary and responsiveness to requests for information from the District. District Cabinet Secretary Vicki van Wyk was the deserved winner of this award – The North Durban Lions club is very proud of her achievement and believe the quality of her work as the club secretary has been justly rewarded.

LIONS CLUB OF THE YEAR: This highly prestigious award is judged on a large set of objective criteria, covering all aspects of a Lions club’s activities: administrative duties, a high percentage of members at monthly meetings, attendance at District and Zone events, membership retention and growth, the forming of new clubs and branches, timeous payment of dues, involvement in a variety of projects, PRO activities, online presence and donations to the Melvin Jones and Louis Halse funds. As can be seen, to win this award requires the efforts of the entire club, and we as the North Durban Lions are extremely proud of this achievement under Immediate Past President Ian Ping’s exemplary leadership.

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Rotary Club of Durban Umgeni Visit to Club Meeting

Lion President Kim van Wyk extended an invitation to the Rotary Club of Durban Umgeni and the  Durban North Round Table to come along the North Durban Lions Club’s October business meeting. The Round Table was unfortunately unable to attend, but the Rotarians and the Lions were able to learn a great deal from other, gaining a better understanding of the work each organisation does and a renewed sense of service to our communities.


The club would like to thank the Rotary Club of Durban Umgeni for coming to the meeting and sharing your successful history with us. May you continue to serve your communities from strength to strength.

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Durban North-Umhlanga Community Policing Forum Awareness Day

The North Durban Lions Club sold bacon rolls at the recent inaugural Durban North-Umhlanga Community Policing Forum Awareness Day, held by the CPF to raise awareness about their work and to generate funds for their crisis centre. The club was pleased to be able to donate their proceeds from the day towards the CPF crisis centre.


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A Successful Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarket Charity Fair

As mentioned earlier here, the North Durban Lions organised a Charity Fair for the Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarket on 24 September. The day went extremely well, as some 22 charities were given a platform to showcase their work, engage with the public, and in many cases, raise funds. The club’s grateful appreciation must go to Sunshine bakery, who sold loaves of bread at cost, and donated all of the proceeds.

A draw was also made for one of the charities to win the collective pool of small entrance fees which the various charities paid to take part in the Fair. Childline were the delighted winners of the raffle.

The North Durban Lions club was honoured to be entrusted with the organisation of the event by the Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarket. We are proud to have been able to assist so many charities and the people and causes they support by working with our good friends at the Hypermarket.

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Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarket Charity Fair

The North Durban Lions Club is organising a Charity Fair for the Pick n Pay Hypermarket on 24 September. Many charitable organisations will have stalls at the fair, selling their goods and/or promoting their charitable work. Food stalls and entertainment will be plentiful. The National Blood Service will be on hand, and diabetes testing will also be available. All proceeds raised by any of the stallholders will go to support charity.

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Sunflower Walk

15 members of the club and their family took part in the 5km Sunflower Walk on Sunday, joining more than 50 Lions from in and around Durban who represented Lions. All of us carried a Lions flag, and a large colourful banner was carried. The R30 entry fee for each participant goes to aid the Sunflower Fund.

Special mention must go to the Hilton Lions club, who drove down to Durban with several members to take part.

Thank you to all the club members and family who took part – it was great fun.

A photo of most the North Durban team is below:

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Tree planting and visit at Sinakekele

The 2011/2012 Lion International President, Wing Kun Tam, challenged the Lions clubs and members of the world to plant 1 million trees in 2011/2012, as part of the 1 Million Trees Campaign. To kick-off the North Durban club’s involvement in this project, several members visited the Sinakekele Home to plant two paw-paw trees.

While we were there, we also braaied wors rolls for the kids and the adults involved with the Home – the Lions who went along had a great time, and were really moved by the fantastic work done at Sinakekele.

A few photos of the tree planting:

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