Lions Club of Waverley (Inc)

District 201V5, Victoria, Australia

Lions Club of Waverley Projects

Lions is a community service organisation! People join Lions because they want to user their intellect, creativity, commitment and enthusiasm to get things done.  This is where you can find out about the sorts of projects that the Lions Club of Waverley is doing.    Like what you see?  Get involved!

MONASH CHILDRENS HOSPITAL                                            

MONASH SING FOR KIDS

Monash Sing For Kids an annual concert put on by the Waverley Lions Club. This comprises of performances by school and community choirs. All proceeds go to the Monash Childrens Hospital.

On Thursday 25th June, Jack Cumper and Peter Mason delivered the equipment purchased with last years Monash Sing for Kids funds.The hospital chose two syringe pumps and plaques showing the Lions Club of Waverley donated them are clearly attached. This presentation was publicised in The Leader newspaper. Thanks to Jack for arranging their purchase and delivery to the hospital.


OPPORTUNITY SHOP





Due to the foresight of past and present members of the club including the late PID Ian Stockdale, the Club purchased two adjoining shop front properties in Wadham Parade, Mount Waverley. One of these properties is leased to a retail business while the club established its highly successful Opportunity Shop next door. 

The shop's operations are supervised by a Committee of Management. In the early days, the shop was operated by a team of volunteers - often the partners of club members.Today the shop is operated by a full time manager supported by a roster of members of local community groups. Club members are responsible for shop operations on Saturday mornings, often in partnership with fellow Lions from the Ashwood-Mt Waverley Club.



WAVERLEY EMERGENCY ADOLESCENT CARE (WEAC)

Waverley Emergency Adolescent Care (WEAC) is a most important program managed by an independent body. Waverley Lions support WEAC by providing several residential properties including Tandana Place that offer emergency, short, medium and long term accommodation for adolescents.

WEAC is a community based, non-profit agency established in 1985 as a service for families with teenagers in the Eastern Suburbs. It  aims to prevent total family breakdown by providing an opportunity for time-out accommodation, together with preventative or additional services such as mediation, family therapy and specialist counselling.

WEAC has a network of local support families who are trained and experienced volunteers who are trained and experienced volunteers who care about young people and believe in family life.

Tandana Place is a youth specific post detox residential program. At Tandana young people between 12 and 20 years old can receive 12 weeks of intensive support in a safe and secure environment. The program aims to empower youth to take control of their lives physically, emotionally and mentally,  

www.weac.org.au/ (click to make contact)



LIONS CORD BLOOD FOUNDATION


The Lions Cord Blood Foundation Inc. was initiated in 1996 by Lion Laurie Denton (deceased) a former member of the Lions Club of Waverley Inc. It is managed by the Lions Club of Waverley Inc. and is a District Project of 201V5. 

Umbilical Cord Blood transplantation is an exciting new development that can save the life of children with leukaemia and other life threatening illnesses.

Robbie Lodder lost his life to leukaemia because he could not find a perfectly matched donor within his family or on the Bone Marrow Donor Register. Had there been a Cord Blood Bank Robbie may have been given another chance at life. The BMDI Cord Blood Bank has been established in memory of young Robbie and children like him.

The Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne has been in the forefront of Cord Blood transplantation in Australia. The first cord blood transplant was performed in May 1992. Until now the cord blood collections have been restricted to newborn siblings of children in immediate need of a transplant. 

The establishment of the BMDI Cord Blood Bank will make cord blood available to the larger community and will contribute to the saving of lives of many children in need of a transplant.

The Foundation web site is  www.lionsclubs.org.au/LCBF/



THE RONALD McDONALD HOUSE PROGRAM

Waverley Lions has supported the Ronald McDonald House at the Monash Medical Centre for a number of years.   The Club provides a BBQ breakfast each Melbourne Cup Day morning for its members and house residents, and also supports Ronald McDonald House with an annual donation.

"Words cannot express the way I feel about Ronald McDonald House. Its loving, caring managers and volunteers make it that much easier.   Every time we walk through the front door, it feels like coming home."

Jean Hyland (Brisbane) whose son, Steven, was diagnosed with a life threatening disorder


The cornerstone of RMHC's work, Ronald McDonald Houses are attached to major women or childrens hospitals and provide a 'home-away-from-home' for seriously ill children and their families, along with the support of experienced House Managers, volunteers and other families in a similar situation.

Each house is administered by an independent board (made up of McDonalds, hospital and community representatives) that appoints staff and organises the big-hearted volunteers who manage the day-to-day operations. Capital funding is provided by RMHC, but each house is responsible for its own daily running costs.   Ronald McDonald House Charities rely heavily on support from their communities, so please give generously.

A link to the relevant web site is  www.rmhc.org.au



LIONS YOUTH OF THE YEAR QUEST


The club invites students from local secondary schools - government, Independent and Catholic - to participate in this exciting annual event. Schools that have participated include Highvale SC, Wesley College, Knox College, Glen Waverley SC, Avila College, Huntingtower School, Wellington SC and Mazenod College.


The successful club entrant will proceed to a District level competition and then move up to the national level if successful at each intermediate level..   In 2004 the club was proud to sponsor the state finalist - Joshua, a student from Wesley College.


Students interested in nominating for this prestigious award should contact the club via this web site and ask to speak to the Youth of the Year Coordinator, Mrs. Monica Jones at dav.mon4@bigpond.net.au



WAVERLEY LIONS VILLAGE

Members of the Waverley Lions Club demonstrated their vision and community spirit in 1976 when "Lionsville" at 88 Winbirra Parade, Ashwood was founded with the support of the Waverley City Council.  

The village is now a separate incorporated body, managed by a Committee of Management comprising past and present members of the club and members of the community. The total insured investment is in the order of $3.5 million which is a significant contribution to the community.   

Currently, there are 37 housing units for elderly citizens. Residents come from people who live in or who have lived in the City of Monash or if they lived outside the city, wished to be near their children.. Lionsville is a non profit organisation, and charges a rental fee based on the old age pension.   

Lionsville also has a community centre available to its residents and to neighbouring Lions Clubs. The Ashwood - Mt Waverley Lions Club meets there on the first and third Wednesday.



LIONS WILDERNESS VILLAGE LICOLA

The Waverley Lions Club has a long and close relationship with Licola Wilderness Village. The club provides funds each year to allow several groups of children to visit the camp. Lions Village Licola or Lions Wilderness Village is located in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range near the Alpine National Park on the banks of the very beautiful Macalister River. The camp is 54 kilometres north of Heyfield in Gippsland on a sealed road with spectacular views of the river valley and the Great Dividing Range - a comfortable two and a half hours' drive from Melbourne.


The founder of the Lions Village at Licola in 1969, Ian Stockdale was a member of the Lions Club of Waverley and he received magnificent support from fellow Lions Neville Gibson, Ray Ware, Dudley Sherlock and many other Lions. The purpose of Licola was and still is to provide holiday experiences for disadvantaged, underprivileged and disabled children and to offer camps for schools, adults and community organisations. It is still used for this purpose to-day and is owned and operated by the Lions Clubs of Victoria and Southern New South Wales who meet the total cost of camps attended by children on the school holiday programmes.

A link to the Licola web site is  www.licola.org.au

Coins For Kids

Coins For Kids

We have had a successful project here at Waverley with our Coins for Kids this year. The project was run in conjunction with the NAB branch at Mount Waverley and Essex Heights Public School. We raised $ 1170:00 in total or 157 metres of coins.

The NAB branch manager Malini Vivekananthan allowed Lions to collect money at the branch on the 30th & 31st of April. The money raised $ 200:00 was then given to those children at the school who had not brought money of their own on the day to place on the line.

Lions Margie & Meg set up at the NAB

We have had a successful project here at Waverley with our Coins for Kids this year. The project was run in conjunction with the NAB branch at Mount Waverley and Essex Heights Public School. We raised $ 1170:00 in total or 157 metres of coins.

The NAB branch manager Malini Vivekananthan allowed Lions to collect money at the branch on the 30th & 31st of April. The money raised $ 200:00 was then given to those children at the school who had not brought money of their own on the day to place on the line.

Lions Margie & Meg set up at the NAB