Lions Club of Emu Plains (Inc)

District 201N5 New South Wales Australia


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The Lions Club of Emu Plains are seeking volunteer drivers and collectors to be involved in the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock. It’s an association that goes back for 27 years in a row.

The doorknock will take place on Sunday, May 28, with drivers and collectors required for over 13 designated areas in the Emu Plains, Emu Heights and Leonay areas.

Answering the Lions call are four Year 7 students from Penrith Anglican College; pictured L-R are Sienna Aurisch, Kate Berwick, Emma Tarbert and Amber O’Connor. The students heard about the need for volunteers and quickly got together to form a ‘team’. Kate, the ‘organiser’, said ‘Our aim is to beat the collection for last year for our area.’ Kate’s mum, Lisa, is volunteering as the team’s driver, supervising the girls and moving them throughout their designated collection area.


Colloquially, when someone ‘has your back’ they protect or support you.

On Sunday, 28 May, the Lions Club of Emu Plains will again support the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock, for the 27th year in a row.

The doorknock will take place with volunteer drivers and collectors required for over 13 designated areas in the Emu Plains, Emu Heights and Leonay areas.

Lions organiser, John Choma, reminded all that this year the assembly point for collectors is the Emu Plains Community Centre, Lawson Street NOT at Nepean CAPA High School Hall, as it has been for recent years. John further added that the number of volunteer collectors directly influenced the total amount raised. Please contact John on 4735 5120 to register your interest, in helping out.

If you think you may not be home on the doorknock, please send your donation to The Salvation Army, Red Shield Appeal, GPO Box 9888, Sydney, or

Majors David and Robin Pullen of the Salvation Army, thanked the Lions Club and associated volunteers for their invaluable assistance for many past years of the Sunday Red Shield Appeal. David indicated that the funds from the Appeal are ‘ploughed’ back into the local area, but that the total ‘spend’ was around ‘threefold’ of that collected in the Appeal.

Donations, no matter how small, will help the Salvos continue their invaluable work in the community. The Red Shield Appeal funds support a number of social programs in the Penrith area including Mature Workers Program, Youth Leadership Program, Drug & Alcohol Program & Counselling Service.



Nepean Family Room has 13 volunteers completing 3 hour shifts, from tea/coffee to snacks/light meals for families of children in neo natal ICU. Overnight rooms are available. Ronald McDonald charity set up the room and the hospital Now manages it. Local companies and a generous community support the facility (37 babies) and between 800-900 families per year. Cash donations and non-perishable goods are needed. Phone Meagan Preston on 4734 2455.


Blue Mountains Nepean Cardiac Support Group

Outpatient service through ‘Heart Beat’, a cardiac rehabilitation program involving exercises, in a circuit style method, to further enhance health for past cardiac patients.  

Call Michael Rawlings on 4734 3031 for further information.

Tresillian is an early parenting service offering families guidance in the early years of their child's life. Tresillian support new parents around breastfeeding and settling baby, as well as dealing with post-natal depression and nutrition. Each year Tresillian assists close to 80,000 families in Australia with a baby, toddler or young child. They pride themselves on offering caring, personalised advice to parents in the early years as they help them gain confidence in their new roles as mums and dads.


Sue Bruhm advised they are going to buy new DVD players for the Residential Unit for the parents to watch educational DVD’s.

Phone Sue on 4734 2124 for further details.





At a dinner held on Wednesday 30 September, the Club handed over a new manual wheelchair to Joshua Farr and his family. The newly elected Mayor, Cr Karen McKeown was present and assisted with drawing the raffle later in the evening.



Regular readers would have been following the project of providing a new wheelchair to Joshua Farr of Emu Heights.


Joshua’s wheelchair finally became available on Monday 28 September, after being sourced from Washington, USA. It then needed ‘fitting’ to Joshua’s specifications/measurements, which took place under the directions of Zara Fallins (Cerebral Palsy Alliance) and Ashleigh Haskins (GTK Rehab).


I questioned if the chair should bear a ‘left hand drive’ notification based on it’s origin! (USA … get it?)


The ‘old’ chairs, based on their original funding, are either returned to the ‘sponsors’ or usually ‘donated’ to the Alliance, by the parents, to use as ‘loan’ chairs.