LIONS LEARN FIRST HAND
The Lions Club of Emu Plains, sold Christmas trees in December, and those who provided a traditional tree for their families, for the festive season, also helped fund a donation of $ 1,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities, Greater West Sydney at Nepean Hospital.
Lions Alan Cooper and Sue Hunt, who is also a volunteer at the Family Room, together with Cheryl and Jim Devine presented the cheque to Josh Binns, Corporate Programs Coordinator and Volunteer & Family Room Manager, Nepean and Fiona McLachlan, Westmead Family Room Manager.
The Lions witnessed in person how the donation will provide supplies and equipment that will directly support the families that utilise the family room. Lions also donated some board games.
Michael O’Connor from Dubbo, was in the Family Room and explained that his grandson, Freddie, was born the day before in Dubbo and after complications helicoptered to Nepean, together with his mother and 2 doctors from Westmead. Michael drove from Dubbo to Penrith and was ‘relaxing’ in the Family Room when the Lions arrived. Freddie had improved since his arrival in intensive care.
Josh said, “We are so grateful for the years of support we have received from the Lions Club of Emu Plains. Thank you again for helping us keep families close.”
YOUTH OF THE YEAR 2019
This year's YOUTH OF THE YEAR will be contested by 4 students from 3 local High Schools.
The contestants are L to R;
Monique Tait-Owens Nepean CAPA High School
Angus Crozier Penrith Anglican College
Mark Nielsen Penrith Anglican College
Thelma Kwaramba McCarthy Catholic College
LIONS ON THE MOVE
The record for parading camper vehicles was held by Italy with 672 vehicles moving (slowly) in a parade, but the AMLC managed 857 vehicles parked head to sail along 10.5 kilometres of the Barcaldine Downs Road, so prima facie,we have set a new high bar for future challengers. In the same vein, it also can be reported that the record for the longest connected image of LED rope lights, which as held by China at 655 metres, was apparently smashed by our team of Lions at 6,200 metres. None of the organisation was easy, but we had a very dedicated team working long hours. Perhaps there may be technical hurdles that will nullify the claims we are making, but this seems very unlikely.
The event was comprised of a number of fundraising elements, and we expect that the AMLC will be able to inject over $40,000 into the Barcaldine region, to schools, aged care, mens' health and other worthy charitable organisations. In addition, we collected detailed data on the amount of funds injected by the 1400-odd participants into the retail sector in the region, providing an economic stimulus that will not go unnoticed or unappreciated in this drought-affected region of Central Queensland. In all a very satisfying outcome for the 107 AMLC members plus a large number of volunteers from all over Australia. Once we recover from this endeavour the challenge will be to find further ways in which we can pursue the Lions goal of community support.
Find some good photos of the Longest Line at www.thelongestline.net.au.
RETURN AND EARN FOR MAY-JUL 2019
The Lions Club of Emu Plains has two sites; Emu Plains Sporting Club and Lennox Tyre and Automotive where you can recycle bottles, cans and containers for the next 3 months at the return and earn stations and donate to Emu Plains Lions.
Split up your bottles
Decide to DONATE
Select Emu Plains Lions Club
STUDENTS DOORKNOCK FOR SALVOS
Five Penrith Anglican College students will again assist the Lions Club of Emu Plains, in their 30-year association with the Salvation Army Red Shield Doorknock Appeal in the Emu Plains, Emu Heights and Leonay areas on Sunday 26 May, 2019. The students will be collecting donations and assisting with the administration of the Appeal.
Those students are; Amber O’Connor, Kate Berwick, Sienna Aurisch, Emma Tarbert and Jack Berwick. All students were returning to assist with this year’s Appeal, after volunteering in previous years.
The girls will do the Doorknock collections under the supervision of Kate’s mother, Lisa, and young Jack will assist with certificates and McDonalds vouchers for the volunteers, recycling of the collection kits and other general duties.
If you’d like to assist as an individual, or a family or school group please contact the Emu Plains Lions Coordinator, John Choma on 4735 5120 or firstname.lastname@example.org before the 26th of May.
The ‘muster’ point for this year’s Appeal is Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, Great Western Highway, Emu Plains.
The Lions ask donors to please be aware that official collectors carry identification, which must be displayed, and produced on demand and they also carry an official receipt book.
ENDORSEMENT FOR LIONS FAMOUS XMAS CAKES
The Masterchef trio; George, Matt and Gary, give their endorsement for Lions Xmas cakes. Emu Plains Lions will be selling Xmas cakes and puddings later this year, don't miss out, watch this page and the Club's Facebook page.
LIONS HELP THE SALVATION ARMY
Emu Plains Lions will assist the Salvation Army's Red Shield Doorknock Appeal on Sun May 26.
If you can spare some time to assist in collection, please contact John Choma on 4735 5120.
EMU PLAINS LIONS CELEBRATE 30 YEARS
The Lions Club of Emu Plains celebrated their 30th Anniversary by hosting a dinner on Saturday 6th October at the Emu Sports Club at Leonay, where they officially donated $ 2,000 to each of nine local charities, recognising their respective contributions to the local community.
Those nine charities are; Penrith Community KitchONS n, Kurrambee School, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, Barnados Penrith Children’s Family Centre, The Haven Nepean Women’s Shelter, Nepean Hospital Cancer Care Centre, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Nepean Hospital Surgical Outpatients Unit and the Lions Clubs Australia Foundation.
The charities were officially passed their donations at the dinner, and they outlined how they will utilise the contribution from Emu Plains Lions.
The function featured a performance from Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School Aboriginal Dance Ensemble.
Lions Clubs fundraise by various means with the Emu Plains Club acknowledging its’ supporters and sponsors; such as the Chocolate Wheel (which operates every Saturday in the Westfield Plaza, Penrith in conjunction with Penrith, Cambridge Park and Winmalee Lions Clubs), major sponsor Jim Aitken and Partners, various BBQ’s … Bunnings and others, selling Xmas cakes and Lions mints, raffles, dinners with guest speakers, selling ‘real’ Xmas trees, car parking & administration, ‘admission to venues’ management and donations, as the reason they are able to mark this occasion, with a contribution to such wonderful community organisations.
We Serve (More Than Sausages)
At Lions, we believe a sausage can do just about anything.
Watch our new community service announcement to find out more.
LIONS RAISE AWARENESS OF ‘DONATELIFE’
The Lions Club of Emu Plains are raising community awareness and understanding of organ and tissue donation to encourage registrations on the Australian Organ Donor Register during the week; 29 July – 5 August.
Today around 1,400 Australians and their families are desperately waiting for the call that a life-saving organ has become available. They are counting on the generosity of a donor and their family willing to give the gift of life. The gift of organ and tissue donation gives recipients a second chance at experiencing all of the love, joy and adventure that life has to offer. Thousands of Australians are living their lives to the fullest because of the generosity of organ and tissue donors and their families.
It is an especially heartfelt message that Emu Lion Jim Devine relates; “My granddaughter, Kyla, had a liver transplant at 5 months old. She’s now 10 years old, playing netball, doing gymnastics and swimming and going to the Australian Transplant Games at the Gold Coast in October. All this was only possible because of a selfless decision of a donor and their family, to donate an organ.”
The Federal Government want to inspire all Australians to make a real difference to the lives of others by registering and telling their family they want to be a donor. DonateLife Week is led by the Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) in partnership with DonateLife agencies in every State and Territory and other key stakeholders across Australia.
Most religions support organ and tissue donation including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism. It’s important to know that the organ and tissue donation process can accommodate religious and cultural end of life requirements.
In 2017, 1,675 Australians received a lifesaving transplant thanks to the generosity of 510 deceased and 273 living donors and their families. A further 9,600 Australians benefited from eye and tissue transplants. Since 2009, more than 10,000 Australians have had their lives saved because of a transplant. 6.5 million Australians aged 16 or over have registered to be a donor.
One organ and tissue donor can save and transform the lives of many people who are very ill or dying because an organ is failing. Each and every person in Australia has a chance to make a real difference in the life of someone who is waiting for an organ or tissue transplant.
Lions encourage all Australians in their community to register to become an organ or tissue donor or spark positive change by talking about donation and sharing views with family and friends.
We can no longer register our donation decision via our driver’s licence as we need to join the national Australian Organ Donor Register, https://register.donatelife.go v.au/decide
Registering to be a donor directly influences consent rates, with 90 per cent of families agreeing to donation proceeding when their loved one is registered. This drops to 40 per cent when the family is unaware of their loved one’s donation decision. Knowing what their loved one wanted brings comfort to families at a very difficult time.
For planned activities, events and projects please contact Bill Moore (see details on Contact Us page).
BUNNINGS NORTH PENRITH BBQ
PAC STUDENTS ANSWER LIONS CALL
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.
LIONS ‘GOT THE SALVOS BACK’
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 https://www.my.salvationarmy.org.au/donation/
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.
CELEBRATION DINNER FOR JOSHUA FARR
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.
WHEELCHAIR FOR JOSHUA FARR
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.