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Vision Screening at Briardene Primary School

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’┬ávery 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.

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2018 Presidential Induction and Induction of Lion Grant Hobbs

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)

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).

Outgoing and Incoming Lion President Avril Hobbs (left) with Lion of the Year Bill Pfaff (right).

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Tutus for the Pink Phoenix Foundation “Tutus and Takkies” Beach Walk

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

Lion Avril and Melvin waving as the participants start the walk

Lions Avril and Trevor Hobbs and Kim van Wyk manning the tutu stall

Lions Avril and Trevor Hobbs and Kim van Wyk manning the tutu stall.


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Sinakekele Outreach to Osindisweni Hospital

Through the Sinakekele Home, Lion Denise Bolland was asked to provide sandwiches for a breast feeding awareness day, presented to the mothers of new born babies at the Osindisweni Hospital, beyond Verulam. Lion Denise arranged donations of peanut butter and jam. The club purchased bread and juice and managed to get apples donated.

Lion Denise Bolland at a breast feeding awareness day at Osindisweni Hospital

Lion Denise Bolland at a breast feeding awareness day at Osindisweni Hospital

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Wheelchair Donation

Lions Margo Whitmore and Jimmy Hollows recently received a request from a very needy and deserving family to assist with a wheelchair. Both parents in the family are wheelchair bound and have a variety of other medical ailments as well, including diabetes. The club was delighted to be able to donate a wheelchair to the Perumal family. We’re very grateful to the Rotary Club of Umhlanga who provided the wheelchair to the club and enabled us to serve the community together with this very helpful donation.

A photo of the wheelchair handover is below:

Handover of a donated wheelchair to the Perumal family by Lions Margo Whitmore and Jimmy Hollows

Handover of a donated wheelchair to Sandra (front left) and Ganesan Perumal (front right) by Lions Margo Whitmore (back right) and Jimmy Hollows (back centre). Marianne Barnard (back left) brought the need to the club.

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First Aid Training

The Cowies Hill Lions club recently conducted Level I first aid training, at a minimal cost. Lion Trevor Hobbs and his son Grant attended from the North Durban club – well done to them both for passing the training.

A few photos:

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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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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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