en-us copyright 2018, 2018-04-20 Thurles Lions Club Diabates Screening

Thurles Lions Club will hold their Annual Diabetic Screening Day in Thurles Pharmacy, Thurles Shopping Centre on Saturday 21st April between 9.30a.m. and 5.30p.m.

Take a simple test to be screened and receive advice on the next steps.  It is free, painless and only takes a minutes. It could save your life.  All welcome!

Photo L-R: Eilish Costello, Diana Kearney, of Thurles Pharmacy, Gary Roche President of Thurles Lions Club and Lion Bee Hayes who is organising this event.

Thurles Lions Club Diabates Screening wbi 2018-04-15 Cheque Presentation to Guide Dogs Northern Ireland

Vice District Governor Bernard Black recently presented a cheque for £8300 to Guide Dogs Northern Ireland. These finds were donated by the Clubs in Northern Ireland

as part of our Centenary Guide Dogs Project.

Cheque Presentation to Guide Dogs Northern Ireland wbi 2018-02-26 Siofra wins for Naas

Síofra Bartels Nic an Ghearr , a 6th class pupil from Gaelscoil Nás na Ríogh has done Naas Lions Club proud. She not only won the local school's art competition sponsored by Lions Club International but also won at District level

and her poster has gone forward to the international level of judging in Chicago, USA. 2017/18

More than 450,000 entries are submitted worldwide in the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Club International is sponsoring the programme to emphasise the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

The wining posters will be selected by a panel of judges focusing on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “The Future Of Peace

Siofra wins for Naas wbi 2018-02-15 Darren wins for Carlow! Darren Mc Donald from Carlow was chosen as Young Ambassador of the Year at the District 133 Final held in the Carlton Hotel, Dublin on Saturday 20th. January. He will now go on to represent District 133

at the Multiple District final in the UK and the European Final of the competition in Skopje, Macedonia next October

Each of the contestants was presented with a small trophy by District Governor Teresa Dinneen as a momento of the occasion. Young Ambassador Darren also received the Tom Farmer Perpetual Trophy. Darren (18) from Tullow, Co. Carlow, is a 6th. year student at Tullow Community School.

He is very actively involved in improving the welfare of his community. He volunteers within his Parish, is a regular visitor to the local day care centre for elderly people, is Chairperson of his local youth club and is a dedicated fundraiser for St Laserian School, Carlow, a school for children with special needs. His project, towards which he intends to put his winner’s bursary of €600, is a fundraising programme to raise €6,000 to part-fund a new wheelchair accessible mini-bus for St Laserians School. Other elements of the programme which he has planned include, a non-uniform day in his own school, a bag-pack in a local supermarket, a “dance for diversity” in the local rugby club, a Duck Race in the River Slaney and a Dog Show.

We wish Darren every success in representing District 133 in the UK and Macedonia

Darren wins for Carlow! wbi 2018-02-02 Suicide Prevention - Lions Club members can help prevent suicide
Mr John Meehan, head of National Office of Suicide Prevention ( speaking recently in Galway, at the local launch of 'Connecting for Life' Irelands National Strategy to Reduce Suicide

2015-2020 said:
'The evidence shows that with the right help, support or intervention at many different stages, SUICIDE is PREVENTABLE'

Suggested action.
Select a member of your lions club to deal with this issue.
Please have this member contact me. Together we can organise.

-ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) it is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ... ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and increase the support for a person at risk.
See video on ASIST.

-SAFE TALK comprises a three hour presentation and will be provided by the HSE Suicide Prevention Resource Service.
Southern clubs contact   Northern clubs contact local NHS office.

-Distribute Lions Clubs small cards, with help line contact details

Pat Connolly,                                                    January 2018
Lions Clubs Project (chairman)  Suicide Prevention/Anti Bullying

Suicide Prevention - Lions Club members can help prevent suicide wbi 2018-01-29 Wicklow Lions make Music

Members of Wicklow and District Lions Club made
Music at their annual visit to Blainroe Lodge where they organized a party for residents of the nursing home.

Supplementing some fine singers from Blainroe Lodge, Lions Club president Pat O’Brien played his saxophone for the very first time in public while Sean and Jackie Olohan also contributed musically. Some see this as the birth of a Wicklow Lions Club Orchestra.
Amanda Vickers thanked the Lions for providing entertainment at the party and said that she hopes it can be repeated during the coming Summer

Wicklow Lions make Music wbi 2018-01-26 Bray Lions Club New Years Day Swim Announcing the Bray Charities Sea Swim for 2017 Bray Lions Club President Jerry Teehan said this remarkable event has over the last 33 years raised €321,888 for many local worthy causes.

It is wonderful to have it as the first event in the year in which we will celebrate 30 years of Lions in Bray.

Bray Lions Club is seeking your help to spread the word verbally, and by Facebook and Twitter !

With many of the swimmers turning out in fancy dress, this is always a very enjoyable and colourful event, and we all love a challenge! 

Out of the many deserving charities, Bray Charities Sea Swim has decided to choose four
and this year we have chosen as our charities for 2017: 
Wicklow Hospice
WH 5 Loaves, Bray 
Order of Malta, Bray 
Bray Lions Senior Citizens/Carers' Fund 

Remember no admin costs are incurred, the entire fundraising proceeds will go directly to these local charities. Bray Lions Club Members pay all costs of running the Swim.

Dr Brendan Cuddihy of Wicklow Hospice encourages as many people as possible to take part in this important and long established fundraising event.

If you're up for a challenge or just looking for a sudden sharp shock to blow away the night before cobwebs
Contact John McEvoy on 086 - 85 61 888 or email 
or see Bray Lions Club's Facebook page.
Details also available at the Strand Hotel or FHM Accountants (Red Door behind McDonalds)

If you're looking for something exciting to do with the family,
come on down to Bray Seafront before 12 noon on Sunday 1st January 2017 and join the fun!!!
Click here to view video of our 2016 Swim

Bray Lions Club New Years Day Swim wbi 2017-12-28 Kilkenny Lions keep on Giving Brian O’Callaghan, President of Kilkenny Lions Club, distributed €30,000 raised from the Christmas Hamper Appeal and other recent fund-raising events to local

organisations at St. Canice’s Cathedral.

Among those local organisations that benefitted were: St. Vincent De Paul; The Good Shepherd Centre; the Amber Refuge; The Church of Ireland and Kilkenny Social Services.
This year’s appeal was a tremendous success and he thanked the Kilkenny People and KCLR for giving so much of their time and resources in supporting the various Lions events.

He thanked the depth and spirit of the people of Kilkenny, both business and community, who contributed so generously and participated in this year’s appeal.
He also thanked Maura Kenealy for use of her shop in Upper Patrick Street as a collection point for auction items.

He commended the members of Kilkenny Lions Club for their hard work and commitment over the year.

Finally he thanked all of this year sponsors and in particular, State Street International Ireland Ltd, Country Style Foods Ltd, PWC and Davy Private Clients.

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Kilkenny Lions keep on Giving wbi 2017-12-28 Meet 2017-18 Lions International President Naresh Aggarwal!

Meet 2017-18 Lions International President Naresh Aggarwal! wbi 2017-12-28 RTE Nationwide programme about the work of Irish Lions Clubs From Cavan, as Lions Club groups get ready for their annual Christmas food collection with a visit to the local hospital.

Reporter Niall Martin meets a student who came up with a novel idea for helping homeless people and hears about the Bray Lions Club's three-year funding package for an assistance dog breeding programme for children with autism.

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RTE Nationwide programme about the work of Irish Lions Clubs wbi 2017-12-09 Lions work on Diabetes Awareness
Layla was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 17 months old.

Her mother, Amie, describes their journey. Learn how Lions are providing support and raising awareness for diabetes.

Lions work on Diabetes Awareness wbi 2017-12-04 Knit for Street Children The Street Children/Homeless project has been running for over 16 years. Unfortunately, the demand now is bigger than it has ever been. The project has grown to meet demand and aim to help anyone who is homeless.

There were 8,270 people homeless across Ireland at the end of August 2017. This figure includes adults and children with their families. Also, at the end of August 2017, there were over 811 young people (adults aged under 25) living in emergency homeless accommodation.

This represents an 18% increase from just one year before. Almost three-quarters of these young people live in Dublin. Lion Paddy Cahill has written to all Lions Clubs to request help with the annual appeal for project funds. The Street Children project works with various agencies around the entire island of Ireland to deliver essential items like sleeping bags, hat, scarves, rain gear etc. These include Tig Linn, Cork Penny Dinners, Focus Ireland and others. Also, this year, the project is launching a nationwide appeal requesting donations of knitted hats, snoods, scarves etc. as this would leave more money to spend on sleeping bags.

Lions are asked to spread the word requesting warm accessories as this would help hugely. Says Paddy: ‘Whether you can knit, crochet, ask friends to do same or purchase some for donation would make a tremendous difference‘.

Knit for Street Children wbi 2017-11-24 Every Cent Helps a Cause by VDG Frank O'Donoghue

As members of Lions Clubs International we are very proud of the claim that ‘Every cent we collect goes to help a good cause’. The funds we raise, whether in street collections; coffee mornings, quiz nights

–every cent goes to the good causes that we support. These good causes are local - assisting in meeting special needs, providing food hampers, newspaper for the blind etc. Lions clubs also support national causes –supporting the Lions Centenary Guide Dogs initiative, supporting senior citizens for a week in Trabolgan or enabling carers to participate in a Carers Weekend.

We also support international projects –recent examples include emergency support for Nepal, financial support for the construction of Safe Centre in Lebanon for  refugee children from Syria and participating in the measles eradication programme.  Not one cent of the funds we raise as Lions is spent on administration.

The reason that we can make this claim is because we all pay a Lions membership fee to meet all the administration costs of our organisation locally, nationally and internationally. This is an important fact that we must communicate in the context that many of the public have become disenchanted with the charity sector as a consequence of the some of the scandals involving a small number of charities. 

In recent weeks there has been press coverage of a survey of the charity sector undertaken by Amarch Research. This survey shows that there remains a question over the level of trust in Irish charities. The lack of trust is due to the malpractice in some charities that was brought to light in the last two years. The research found that the level of anger a number of years ago as a result of the malpractice is giving way to a more pragmatic recognition that charities have an important job to do.

Often as Lions, we anticipate push back when we explain to prospective new members to our club the fact that it is necessary to pay a membership fee to become a Lion. In fact this is a huge positive to Lions Clubs as it enables us to stand apart from other service organisations and charities where a significant proportion of total income is spent on administration including fundraising. 

Thus, whether we are appealing for funds to support for the wide range of work we undertake or we are seeking to attract new members we must always communicate the message –‘Every cent that is raised by Lions club goes directly to good causes’.  This is particularly important to remember over the coming weekend when many Lions clubs will be carrying out a bucket collection at Tesco Stores in the 26 Counties.

This appeal at Tesco provides Lions with the opportunity to raise much needed funds and also communicate with the public the work we undertake as Lions. We must also be aware that high profile fundraising by Lions is a wonderful opportunity to attract volunteers and potential members. 
I wish every club great success this weekend with fundraising  ;

Every Cent Helps a Cause by VDG Frank O'Donoghue wbi 2017-11-10 Forty years of service to Carlow Lions Our two Charter members Sean Swan (left) and Joe Costigan (right) assisted by DG Teresa Dineen in the cutting the 40th birthday cake for Carlow Lions Club. Congratulations to both Lions.

Forty years of service to Carlow Lions wbi 2017-11-10 CEO of Irish Guide Dogs thanks Irish Lions Padraig Mallon, CEO, Irish Guide Dogs, said: “We would like to thank the Lions for their immense generosity. By donating your time and helping to raise much needed funds,

you are really playing an important and significant role in supporting our operations here at Irish Guide Dogs. 80% of our income comes from fundraising and donations so it really is vital to enabling us to continue to transform lives and work to improve communities. The funds raised by Lions will go directly into our Breeding Diversification Program which each year will build and bring about significant improvements in our partnership matching ratios and will significantly reduce our waiting lists allowing us to get to ever more people in need and sooner.”

CEO of Irish Guide Dogs thanks Irish Lions wbi 2017-11-09 One child goes blind every minute

One child goes blind every minute. Half-a-million children will have lost their sight by the end of the year. That is why LCIF partnered has with the World Health Organization (WHO) to address childhood blindness.

The Project for Elimination of Avoidable Childhood Blindness has established or strengthened 45 pediatric Lions eye care centers around the world. These centers deliver preventative, therapeutic, and rehabilitative eye care services to 140 million children.

One child goes blind every minute wbi 2017-10-19