Popcorn Machine Hire

The club was asked to provide popcorn at a private super-hero themed party on Saturday 5 April. We received an extremely generous donation towards the club’s service to those in need. Many thanks to Di of Vuzu Entertainment for thinking of us and getting us involved.

Lions Ian Ross and Neil Aubert served the popcorn, which was a big hit. They’re wearing super-hero capes in the photo, although of course, all Lions are super-heroes!

Lions Ian Ross and Neil Aubert in super-hero costume.

Lions Ian Ross and Neil Aubert in super-hero costume.

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2014 Lions District 410C Convention

4 of the clubs members attended the excellent 2014 District Convention hosted by the Howick/Umgeni Lions Club on 22 March. DC’s Vicki and Kim van Wyk both presented on their portfolios for the year as part of the District cabinet. Lions Trevor Hobbs and Ivanka Reynolds also attended and enjoyed the convention.

DC Vicki was presented with a well deserved certificate of appreciation from Lions Clubs International for her work on diabetes awareness and blood drives through the year. 

The club was also recognised for its many hours of dedicated service to those in need through the year.

The club is also proud to announce that DC Kim van Wyk was elected as the Second Vice District Governor for the 2014/2015 Lionistic year. He should serve as the District 410C Governor from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

The North Durban Lions Club congratulate DG Heather Hardman and the Howick/Umgeni Lions Club on an excellent and extremely well organised convention.

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Induction of Lion Lynn Kelly

The club welcomed a new member to our Lions family at our November club meeting: Immediate Past President Kim van Wyk inducted Lion Lynn Kelly as a member of the club. The rest of the club warmly welcome Lion Lynn as a valued and important member as we strive to serve.
LP Vicki van Wyk; Lion Lynn Kelly, Sponsor Lion Ian Ross

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Club Awards at the 2013 District 410C Midyear Conference

At the 2013 Lions District 410C Midyear Conference, the North Durban Lions club were very proud to win the inaugural club food security award. The criteria for the award is that the winning club must:

a) Which donated the largest amount of food (in monetary value) during the period under consideration

b) Whose members put the most hours into food security related projects during the period under consideration

c)Which held the most significant food security related project or a series of major projects during the period under consideration in the consideration of the judges, even if the club does not meet the criteria of (a) or (b).

The club won the award on the strength of its food distribution project, in which it served many people in need by collecting, packaging and distributing at least R155 800 worth of food during the 2012/2013 Lions year, an achievement of which the club is extremely proud.


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2013 District 410C Midyear Conference

Every year, the Lions clubs of the District gather for a conference. This is called the Midyear Conference and brings together Lions from across KZN and the Free State to discuss how best to serve those in need. Lions tend to leave the Conference inspired to serve with renewed passion. The North Durban Lions Club convened the 2013 Midyear Conference, which was an enormous success. Many of the attendees considered it one of the best Conferences they’ve ever attended.

The Conference was a lot of hard work to organise but doing so successfully was extremely rewarding.

The Club would like to thank its many generous sponsors for assisting with prizes and items to place into the well-stocked Conference bags:

  • Future Life
  • Cooee
  • Your Family magazine
  • Discovery Health
  • Bay Union Investment Planning Services
  • Marshall Security
  • Tupperware
  • Umhlanga Accommodation
  • Star Stationers
  • Brand House Marketing
  • Pick n Pay Hypermarket
  • Cipla
  • Medpro
  • The Sharks

The club received many wonderful notes of thanks from attending Lions, which are included below:

DG Heather Hardman, Cowies Hill Lions Club:
What a Mid Year. North Durban Lions thank you so much for an outstanding and enjoyable 410C Mid Year Conference. To all the Lions that attended thanks for the fellowship and making it very memorable. To those that did not attend you do not know what you missed. I cannot believe that I rocked and rolled the night away but my today my body is feeling it. It is great to be Lion and serving those that need to receive our love and hope.

DC Karin Preston, eThekwini South Lions Club:
Thank You so much for a most enjoyable and successful Mid Year conference , I can see all of you worked very hard .

I was very impressed with the décor, the artistry, attention to detail, your hospitality, and I thoroughly enjoyed your company !

Well done on the goodie bags , name badges and all the little innovations that WOWED me !

DC Shirleen Ward, Cowies Hill Lions Club:
To All North Durban Members: Well done, what a fabulous weekend!! The conference went off without a hitch and the party on Saturday night was great. The inspirational speaker, Karen Tocknell was brilliant, very thought-provoking and emotional for me. A really BIG Thank you to President Vicki and your great team.

Lion Helen Toward, Kingsburgh Lions Club:
Awesome Mid Year Conference spent with friends, Thank you North Durban Lions for all your hard work. It was truly amazing.

Lion Gwen Ellis, Kingsburgh Lions Club:
Dear L P Vicki

On behalf of all three of us from the Lions Club of Kingsburgh who
attended the recent Conference may I express our sincere thanks. We
truly had a thoroughly good time and want to compliment you on a very
well run weekend. Your attention to detail was impressive.

Having been involved in the planning of both Mid-year Conferences and
MD Conventions, I am personally aware of the huge amount of work and
the many many hours involved.

Please pass our thanks on to L Trevor as Convener and to all your
members who gave so much of themselves.

Lion Pat Wilson, Kingsburgh Lions Club:
I would like to extend my personal sincere thanks to each and every member of North Durban Lions who must have given up many, many of their precious hours in order to plan, organise, provide and create every single aspect, right down to the smallest detail, that went into making the Mid-year Conference 2013 weekend such an outstanding, successful, motivating, fun-filled and memorable experience.

Something I was very aware of and really appreciated too was the fact that the members clearly displayed that in the true spirit of Lionism they are prepared to show warmth, caring, helpfulness and friendliness to other Lion members and not only to the communities in which they serve.
I am a new Lion, but can honestly say that “I am proud to serve with you” and to be a part of such an amazing organisation. THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY FIRST MID-YEAR CONFERENCE SO SPECIAL.

WELL DONE NORTH DURBAN LIONS – May your Club continue to grow and succeed in all its endeavours.

 Lion Sheila Rice, North Durban Lions Club:

Hi to all the members that made the Mid Year convention such a success. We did great, we can be proud of what we achieved. Thank you to Pres Vicki, Lions Trevor, Kim Jimmy, Ian P and R, Fred, Denise, Kay, for the happy times that we shared preparing and then putting together such an amazing saturday night theme. Together we can do anything.


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2013 Lions Christmas Cakes Now Available

The delicious Lions Christmas Cakes are now available. As for many years now, they have been baked by Albany, so you can be sure of their quality and taste.

They will cost R70 this year. As with all funds raised by any Lions club, all the proceeds of the sale of Lions Christmas Cakes will be used directly for charitable projects.

Not only will you be getting a truly delicious Christmas cake for your R70, you’ll be making an invaluable charitable contribution as well.

If you would like to purchase some cakes from the North Durban Club, please leave a message on this page, use our contact page or contact one of our members directly.

If you’re not in Durban North/La Lucia/Umhlanga or the surrounding areas, your local Lions club will almost certainly be selling cakes as well.


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Braai for residents of TAFTA on Ridge

The North Durban Lions Club supplied a braai for the 120 residents of TAFTA on Ridge, supplying beef and chicken burgers and salads. The residents really enjoyed it, with several saying it was the best meal they had had in more than 5 years. It was very rewarding to see the great joy a simple braai brought to the home.20130924_103200




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Further postponement of the North Durban Lions Music and Market Day

The North Durban Lions Music and Market Day had been rescheduled for 24 September – but unfortunately it will not be possible to provide most of the entertainment which was planned for the day. The club has rather postponed the day to a later date, yet to be decided on – either around Christmas or relatively early in the new year.

The club would like thank everyone who was planning to come along to the day and support the club in its efforts to raise funds to assist those in need. Its unfortunate that we’ve had to postpone the day again, but the circumstances make it unavoidable.

The new date will of course be published and advertised once it is decided.

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Postponement of North Durban Lions Music & Market Day

Due to Thursday’s heavy rains, the North Durban Lions club has had to postpone the Music and Market Day event. More details will be provided soon.


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Mandela Day Project at Golden Hours School

The North Durban Lions Club put on a party for the boarders at the Golden Hours School for intellectually disabled children. Several of the club’s members were joined by some of the friends of the club, who regularly take part in the club’s projects and LP Vanessa Wilesmith of the Durban South Lions club. As the project was 2 days after Mandela Day, the club’s friends and members were encouraged to consider it as a Mandela Day contribution. The kids made and decorated their own face masks and iced marie biscuits. They also enjoyed rides in the trailer of the club’s tractor. As a special treat, Melvin was on hand to greet and play with the kids and was a great hit. The project was a huge success and brought so much joy to the kids that many of the Lions and friends were close to tears.

Some of the Golden Hours kids in their face masks with Melvin the Lion.

Some of the Golden Hours kids in their face masks with Melvin the Lion.

One of the Golden Hours kids proudly displaying his mask

One of the Golden Hours kids proudly displaying his mask

One of the Golden Hours kids proudly displaying his mask

One of the Golden Hours kids proudly displaying his mask

The Golden Hours kids proudly wearing their face masks, with the North Durban Lions, friends and Melvin the Lion.

The Golden Hours kids proudly wearing their face masks, with the North Durban Lions, friends and Melvin the Lion.

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