Three cheers for Bunnings. Their generosity allows our fabulous BBQ team to exercise their skills on the last Friday of the month outside their Mentone store. This enables us to raise much needed funds for projects.
We are always looking for volunteers to help with putting the sizzle into our snags. If you would like to donate a few hours for a good cause once a month, please get in contact with us, we would love to have you.
Below is a selection of our favourite projects that we are supporting this year.
Peace Poster Competition
“Gathering love and kindness from everyone helps those in need out of suffering.” 2018-19 Peace Poster winner Yi-Chih Lin, 13, from MD 300 Taiwan.
The annual judging was staged at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance on 12th
Beaumaris Lions Club is lucky enough to have the Peace Poster District Chair, Katherine Parzis, as our club's Peace Poster representative. Along with her other duties, she is working with the schools in the area to encourage participatation in the project.
Details of the Peace Poster Competition can be found at Lions International Peace Poster / Essay Contest Page.
Story Dogs is a literacy program for children. Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears. “Fear can destroy intelligence,” says educator William Ayers. Animals are ideal reading companions because they promote relaxation and lower blood pressure, do not judge, laugh or criticise and allow children to proceed at their own pace. The story dog project is proving to be an outstanding success with over 2450 children assisted each week. Beaumaris Lions are delighted sponsor a story dog, ensuring that the project runs in the Beaumaris area. If you would like to donate, volunteer with your dog or just find out more about this project see here.
Recycle for Sight
This project is part of the Lions Clubs International Recycle for sight project, where usable spectacles are collected, graded and distributed to people in need of corrective lenses. These are packed and sent to our Queensland headquarters. Postage is free thanks to the generosity of Australian Post. The gift of sight, from Lions Clubs in every corner of Australia, is delivered with substantial financial help from Dollar Sweet Mint Company of Melbourne. If you wish to donate spectacle for this project, you may drop off your spectacle at either OPSM or Spec Savers at the Southland shopping centre or contact us (details on our contact page).
Beaumaris Lions is proud to support this childhood literacy project, which promotes reading to children by supply FREE new and quality second hand books to families who are not able to afford the luxury of books. This project is a Lions' district level project and is run by the truely awesome Melinda Shelley, who started this project by herself with simply placing boxes of children's books in a couple of her local fish and chippery shops. Our club mans two collection points in Mentone and Parkdale Bendigo bank where you can drop off good quality children's books.
You can read more about this outstanding project (which is a registered charity) here