Brisbane Holland Park Lions Club Inc - 50 Years - 1968 - 2018 - 2020
Club History the first 50 years
The Club was founded in October 1968 by the Brisbane Ekibin Lions Club. We were Chartered on the 25th January 1969 by the District Governor at the time, Lion Jim Casey, with 28 members. A couple of interesting projects in our early years were a Dogathon (a walkathon with dogs (about 30) and a Glaucoma Screening at the Holland Park State School (one of the many projects held with and for the school), we processed over 180 people on the day and had seven positive results.
We participated in the many Multiple District projects over the years: like,
- Lions Youth of the Year
- Lions Personality Quest
- Lions Youth Exchange
- Lions Christmas Cakes and Puddings
- Leos Clubs.
Since Chartered membership has varied between 11 and 35.
Our first major project came about in 1975 when the Club formed the Lions Leukaemia Foundation (now the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia) under the then President Keith Ledger (the first President of the Leukaemia Foundation). This created major work for the Club with the purchasing and the renovation of houses and units for the families of the leukaemia patients and has over the years grown into a major charity.
We ran the District 201 Q5 Convention in 1982 at Coolangatta Tweed Heads which turned out to be a successful and happy few days. We even had the "Seekers" as our Friday night entertainment.
Our fund raising at this time revolved around meat trays and the Lucky Number machines in the Holland Park Hotel - we have been very fortunate over a period of 46 years to have a good relationship with the hotel and it continues to this day.
Other major projects undertaken by the Club have been the:
- State Final of the Youth of the Year Quest at Brisbane City Hall with around 700 people present
- Fund raising for the Lions Cord Blood Bank at the Mater Hospitals Complex
- Managing the Lions Paralympic Appeal on four occasions
- Lions Australia Operation Smile project
- Prostrate Cancer Foundation Australia; just to mention a few which we are still involved with to this current day.
We ran a very successful and finiancial 201Q1 District Convention in 2009 for then District Governor John Lynch this was held at the Acacia Ridge Hotel.
Many wonderful people have joined our Club and are working on innumerable projects carried out all in the tradition of the Lions motto:
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things - supporting people with disabilities, community greening and fundraising for Local, National and International projects and natural disasters.
Where do your donations go?
When you help an organisation like Lions Clubs International, you can be assured your donations go directly to those in the community most in need. Take our Club for example, the Brisbane Holland Park Lions Club is only a small club of 33 members, though as you can see from the below list, we help many and varied charities / organisations and events both domestically and internationally. Just so that you know, you are making a good choice by donating to a Lions Club, and as you can see from below a sample of needy and charitable organisations , your Lions Club chooses its charities well. Thank you for giving. Thank you for caring.
Operation Smile Australia
Lions Prostate Cancer
Leukaemia Foundation QLD
Salvation Army Red Shield collections
Numerous School Burseries
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