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.
Category Archives: Service
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a comment on this page.
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:
Eco-circles are a fantastic way of using a small area and very little water to grow a variety of vegetables. The Lions clubs of Multiple District 410 have been encouraged to plant eco-circles, at their clubhouses, local schools, orphanages and the like. Several clubs in District 410C have made plans to start eco-circles. Lions Bev and Pat Riley of the North Durban club have planted 6 circles at their home – one tended by each member of the family. The circles have yielded fantastic vegetables and shown the concept to be an excellent one.
An introduction to eco-circles is in this PDF document.
Some photos of the eco-circles are below:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.