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Lions Information Evening

The North Durban club organised an information evening at its clubhouse, to inform invited guests about the club and its activities. The evening was well attended and the guests were very interested to hear about the club’s work. The municipal councillor for the Durban North area, Shaun Riley also came along and was equally interested in the club’s service to the community.
The club was donated a beautiful double bed quilt by the Quilters-by-the-Sea quilting group. The club raffled the quilt and raised several thousand rand from the generosity of the quilters.  The quilt was handed over to the winner, Mr J Austin at the information evening.
 The winner of the club's quilt raffle, Mr J Austin (middle) with Lion President Trevor Hobbs (left) and Lion Phil Meyer (right).

The winner of the club’s quilt raffle, Mr J Austin (middle) with Lion President Trevor Hobbs (left) and Lion Phil Meyer (right).

Lion Kim van Wyk (left) with municipal councillor Shaun Riley (right) and guest Shirley Tait (middle) at the club's information evening.

Lion Kim van Wyk (left) with municipal councillor Shaun Riley (right) and guest Shirley Tait (middle) at the club’s information evening.


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Lions Information Evening


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Lions Information Evening

If you would like to know more about how the North Durban Lions Club is serving its community, and possibly how you can become involved (either by becoming a member or generally helping out), please consider coming to our Information Evening, on March 30.

We will have a fascinating and very motivational speaker who is a long-standing and greatly distinguished Lion. Snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available.

The many projects the club is involved in will be showcased and members of the club will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

The details are:

When: 30 March, 19:00 for 19:30

Where: North Durban Lions Clubhouse, corner of Uitsig and Prospect Hall Roads, Durban North (a map is here)

RSVP: By 27 March, to Denise on 083 650 7007, by email to or by leaving a comment on this page.


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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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Letter to the North Glen News

The following letter was published in the North Glen News of 23 August 2011. The North Glen News is one of the major local publications in Durban North and its surrounds – the club would like to thank the paper for the coverage we regularly receive.

Letter to the Editor

Thank you from North Durban Lions Club

North Durban Lions would like to thank the Management of Pick 'n Pay La Lucia, Pick 'n Pay The Crescent, Umhlanga Spar and Kensington Square Super Spar for allowing them to collect non-perishable food items every month at their stores. They would also like to give a huge thank you to all the customers who purchase these food items in the stores and place them in the Lions collection trolleys. The Lions members then pack all this food into parcels which are distributed mainly to old age pensioners at TAFTA's Ray Hullett House with a few more given to needy families and baby homes.

Without the support of the community and the stores mentioned, North Durban Lions would not be able to fill the 130 parcels that they hand out every month.

Again our sincere thanks

Lion President Kim van Wyk and North Durban Lions Members

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National Koi Show

The club was invited by the KZN branch of the National Koi Keepers Society to sell tea, coffee and cake at the 2011 National Koi Show held at the Gateway shopping centre on 23 and 24 July. The club also manned the entrance gate for the event.

Our grateful thanks must go to the KZN Koi Keepers Society for inviting us to take part. Invaluable funds were raised, the proceeds of which will all go to charitable projects (as with all funds raised from the public by any Lions club). Some 1500 or more people also saw the club at work, giving us excellent exposure.

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Charter of East Coast Lions Club

The North Durban Lions Club is extremely proud to be the chartering club for a brand new Lions club in Durban: the East Coast Lions Club. The club was chartered at a black tie event at the Coastlands Umhlanga hotel on Saturday 18 July. 48 new Lions were inducted, making it one of the largest clubs in Southern Africa.

LP Ian Ping presided at the function, while several North Durban members attended the function, many of whom took part in the formalities. Several Lionistic dignitaries attended, including Council Chair Rashmi Kooverjee, District Governor Debbie Berry, District Governor Elect Stuart Charlton, First Vice District Governor Elect Adrian Barnes and the presidents of several of the clubs in District C. The Consul General of India was also in attendance.

Lion Trevor Hobbs of North Durban acted as the MC for the evening.

Lion Trevor and Lion Denise Bolland will be the Guiding Lions for the new club, attending their meetings and providing a wealth of Lionistic experience and wisdom for the new club to draw on.

North Durban Lions wish Charter Lion President Sundru Pillay and all the members of the new East Coast Lions Club every success as they start their Lionistic journey. We look forward to working with the East Coast Lions in the current year as we collectively fulfil the Lions motto: “We serve”.

Some photos of the evening are below:

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Hospice and SPCA Cheque Handover

The Quilters-by-the-Sea quilters group recently donated two magnificent quilts to the club, to raffle off to raise funds for charity. The club raised over R8000 raffling these king-size and single-bed quilts. Along with the funds raised at the club’s craft shows, we were able to give R7500 to the Durban and Coast SPCA and the Highway Hospice. The cheques were handed over at a function held at our clubhouse on Friday 3 June. Heather Walker of the Hospice was on hand to receive their cheque, and Carolyn Smith from the SPCA also attended.

The winners of the quilts were unfortunately unable to attend to collect their quilts: Ernie Clarke of Morningside won the king-size quilt, and Jacqui Olivier of Pretoria won the single-bed size. Dixie Benn, the chairlady of the Quilters-by-the-Sea group and coincidentally Jacqui’s mother, collected the quilt for Jacqui.

A certificate of appreciation was presented to the Quilters-by-the-Sea, in recognition of their generous donation.

Our thanks also to Lauren Anthony of the North Glen News, who gave up some of her time to take some photos of the event.

A few photos from the evening are below:

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Presentation Evening

DG Debbie Berry visited the club at our February meeting on 24 February. Instead of holding a regular meeting, the club decided to instead have a presentation evening to thank individuals and organisations who have helped the club serve the community. Several awards were also made. Our new member Nick was inducted by DG Debbie.

A certificate of thanks was presented to Lauren Anthony of the Northgen News, to thank the paper for promoting our fundraising and service events.

A certificate of thanks was also presented to Lauren Glossop, the Audiologist who has assisted the club’s hearing projects by donating large amounts of time and free services:

Lauren Glossop, Lion President Ian Ping and Lion Jacquena Henning, the convener of our hearing project

A cheque for R10000 was presented to the SA Guide Dog Association from the funds raised at our recent Carols event to assist in providing a guide dog to a blind recipient. Di Turner of the Guide Dogs Association was on hand to receive the cheque from Lion Maria Stowe, who convened and ran the Carols:

Di Turner, Jenny and guide dog Gracie from SA Guide Dogs accept the cheque for R10000 from Lion President Ian Ping and Carols Convener Lion Maria Stowe

DG Debbie inducted Lion Malcolm “Nick” Nicholas into the club. Some more photos of the induction are included in the gallery at the end of this post:

Lion Phil Meyer sponsored Lion Malcolm Nicholas, shown here being inducted by DG Debbie Berry

DG Debbie received the club’s banner from LP Ian, and presented one of her banners in return. DG Debbie then spoke on a number of topics to do with Lionism, including the importance of membership growth and the service we do, and commended the club for its successes.

The evening concluded with awards for several Lions: Lions Maria Stowe and Trevor Hobbs were presented with Membership Keys to acknowledge that each had sponsored two new Lions.A 25 Year Monarch Chevron was presented to Lion Trevor in recognition of his 25 years of service as a Lion.

DG Debbie also handed over a very special award to Lion Trevor Hobbs, who was made a Melvin Jones Fellow by the club. This was a complete surprise to Lion Trevor, and richly deserved for his more than 25 years of dedicated and extremely selfless service to Lions:

Lion Trevor Hobbs receiving his Melvin Jones plaque from DG Debbie Berry

Several more photos from this special evening are inclued below:

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