In 2017, District 410C acquired a SPOT Vision Screener as part of its Lions Centennial legacy project. The screener is able to quickly diagnose possible vision problems and can test hundreds of people in one day. It does not replace an optometrist but is extremely effective at rapidly screening people to determine whose eyes an optometrist should test, saving many hours over fully testing each person.
The club has been using the District’s screener to screen the eyesight of hundreds of pupils at Briardene Primary School between May and August 2018 in conjunction with Manuela Diener of EyeSA Optometry. Manuela has been selflessly donating many hours of her time to assist the club with vision projects for many years – for this project Manuela tested the eyes of pupils the screener indicated would need a more comprehensive test. The club used Specsavers’ very generous program of providing free spectacles to children under 12 to obtain spectacles for most of the pupils who needed them. Specsavers also very generously arranged free spectacles for the handful of pupils who were over 12 who needed them. Each of the pupils received their spectacles and instructions on how to care for them.
Members who were on hand will never forget the joy the pupils showed when their eyesight was drastically improved with their spectacles. Many younger children don’t even realise they have vision problems, assuming that the way they see the world is the same for everyone else.
This project has made a lifelong difference to many young people and the club thanks Manuela Diener and Specsavers for their generous donations of time and spectacles to assist the club in serving some young members of its community.
Filed under Service, Sight
The club prepared food hampers for approximately 80 ladies served weekly by Hope’s Anchor, a project assisting vulnerable ladies in Durban. Hope’s Anchor provides a meal, direct counselling and physical support to the ladies weekly. To mark Woman’s Day, the club prepared burgers, fruit and small treats for each of the ladies Hope’s Anchor provides for, to give the women a tasty and filling meal.
The club also prepared some “snuggler” sleeping bags (sleeping bags created from newspapers and plastic sheeting) for Hope’s Anchor to use as they need.
The club provided boerewors rolls and ice-cream for the attendees at the Durban North Challenge Protective Training Workshop, a programme which promotes self-worth, dignity and self-reliance for people with mental disabilities which operates from the same premises as the club’s clubhouse. Everyone was deeply grateful for their special treat and the club’s members were delighted to brighten so many people’s days.
Challenge expressed their gratitude to the club with this message:
On behalf of the Management, Staff and Service Users of Durban and Coastal Mental Health(Durban North), may I extend a sincere thank you to you for your very generous donation of Wors Rolls, baked beans, cold drinks and Ice Cream for service Users from Challenge.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Our sincere thanks once again.
Buyi Sibiya ( Workshop Manager)
L-R: Lions Phil Meyer, Kay Erskine, Ian Ping, Margo Whitmore, Ivanka Reynolds and Bill Pfaff preparing the wors rolls.
The club celebrated the re-induction of Lion President Avril Hobbs for a second year of dedicated and inspirational leadership. The annual presidential induction dinner was celebrated at the club’s clubhouse on 21 July 2018. LP Avril spoke about the highlights from the 2017/18 Lionistic year and presented a number of awards, including the “Lion of the Year” to Lion Bill Pfaff for his excellent work throughout the year on the club’s low-cost spectacle and vision screening projects, conducted with the generous and selfless support of Manuela Diener of EyeSA Optometry
The club was also delighted to welcome its youngest-ever member, Grant Hobbs, the son of Lions Trevor and Avril Hobbs.
Club members rededicated themselves for the coming year of service to their community and were inspired as LP Avril laid out her vision and plans for the 2018/19 Lionistic year.
Past District Governor Kim van Wyk (left) with outgoing and incoming Lion President Avril Hobbs (centre) and the club’s newest member, Lion Grant Hobbs (right)
Outgoing and Incoming Lion President Avril Hobbs (left) with Lion of the Year Bill Pfaff (right).
The Pink Phoenix Foundation raises funds for cancer treatment and to increase cancer awareness. One of their annual fundraisers is a 5km walk or run on the Umhlanga beach front, where participants are encouraged to wear pink, particularly pink tutus. The club took orders for tutus from participants and sold more on the day before the event, donating all the funds raised to the Pink Phoenix Foundation. The tutus were so popular even Melvin the Lion’s tutu was sold before the walk began.
Lion Avril and Melvin waving as the participants start the walk
Lions Avril and Trevor Hobbs and Kim van Wyk manning the tutu stall.
For several years, the club has provided a lunchtime braai for the residents of the TAFTA On Ridge retirement home. Every year many residents tell the club members that its the best meal they have all year. This year was no different – on 16 June 2018 several club members braaied burgers, chicken or veg patties for the residents, served with chips and followed by ice cream. The meal was extremely well received and the club was glad to brighten the day of many mature members of its community.
Filed under Elderly, Service
Two full trolleys of food were collected from the generous public at the La Lucia Mall Pick ‘n Pay on Saturday 25 July. The club also collects food once a month on a Saturday at the Crescent Pick ‘n Pay and several times a month at the Umhlanga and Kensington Spars, on a weekday.
Thank you to everyone who supports the club’s collections – the food you donate is packaged and distributed to more than 125 people in need every month.
The club sold colddrinks, wors rolls and popcorn at the Sinakekele home for abandoned babies’ fun day on the Easter weekend, both raising needed funds and supporting the home in their excellent work.
The club treated the 100 residents of TAFTA On Ridge retirement home to braaied beef or chicken burgers on Heritage Day. This rare treat was extremely well received – many of the residents thanked the club for the best meal they’ve had all year. The club has provided a braai for three years in a row now and it is always regarded as a definite highlight for the residents.
Lions Neil Aubert, Phil Meyer and Lion President Trevor Hobbs braaiing the burgers.
Filed under Elderly, Service
The club planted 2 trees at the Sinakekele home for abandoned babies and then enjoyed good fellowship with a braai at the home. Lion Denise and Mickey Bolland have recently moved out to Sinakekele and made the rest of the club very much at home.
(L-R) Grant Hobbs, Lion Kay Erskine, Mickey Bolland, Lion Ivanka Reynolds, Lion Ian Ross (at back), Lion Margo Whitmore and Lion President Trevor Hobbs (planting the tree)