Lions Club of Balgowlah, Inc.

District 201N5, New South Wales, Australia.

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    The Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool

    The Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool was developed by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute on behalf of the Australian, State and Territory Governments as part of the COAG initiative to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
    Please go to website Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing to access the Risk Assessment Tool


  • Balgowlah Lions help Legacy

    For the third year in a row Balgowlah Lions were on the prowl at Bunnings Balgowlah during Legacy Week.
    $1,515.65 was raised from a generous public who gave their support to this important appeal.
    Thanks to Bunnings Balgowlah also.


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    Dunedoo and coolah trip to help the farmers

    We set off after you left Friday afternoon towing nearly 3 tonne of donated water hay stock feed hampers tinned food and dog food and slept a few hours at Lake Macquarie before meeting with the rest of the road train at 5am on the freeway north bound.

    By 8am we had arrived at headquarters in Muswellbrook where the lions club of Belmont headed by Deidre welcomed us.

    We unloaded all our unsorted non perishables and help organise their shambles of a stockroom before reloading all trucks with pre made up care package hampers, more water, and lions club cash bonus envelopes along with lists of farm families addresses to visit with our goodies.

    We set off for Merriwa where we stopped for a break and to regroup with a plan.

    We met up again at Dunedoo where we unloaded all stockfeed into sections into the Showground stables and repacked trucks that were about to set out to visit farms with what they would require.

    We dispersed with hand drawn maps by local lions club members like knowledgeable ron Gallagher heading a crew of willing locals . It’s amazing what lions Dunedoo achieved with just a small committee of 25 members , including 8-10 Leo’s !

    Roaring bonfires were set and dinner was a feast once we all returned from a long day on the road hearing lots of sad stories of the drought effect surrounding Dunedoo and coolah. Unfortunately some trucks never arrived, went awol, got bogged etc so in the end 18 farming families in coolah (50k away) got two phone calls-‘one to say hay was on its way and to gather together with trucks and trailers in a central location, then a second devastating phone call many hours later after sunset to inform them that the hay had run out and they wouldn’t be getting a delivery after all. We visited these families Sunday and they were extremely sad . They would have rathered never get their hopes up.

    Regardless it was a worthwhile and heartwarming trip and we hope to join lions on many more hay runs to deserving drought stricken communities

    We thank lions Balgowlah so so much for their very generous last minute donation at the death of the groceries and trailer sponsorship ! We are very grateful and the friendships we have made with local farmers out there have enabled us to hear from the horses mouth as it were, what the real situation is out there and what if needed we can do more of , and less of- to really be of assistance and them to retain some pride.

    We have pledged to go and visit the town on Denman on 27/28 October after driving home through this town on the way back to Sydney and seeing how hard they are finding the drought.

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    Drought relief Morning tea to held at Pittwater Village

    A fundraiser for Drought Relief Morning Tea here at Pittwater Village in - conjunction with the Lions Club.

    Event: Drought Relief Morning Tea
    Where: Pittwater Village
    Date : Wednesday 19 September 2018
    Time: 10:00am

    Lendlease will contribute a $500 donation towards this cause.

    The Zone Chairman of the Lions Club, for the Northern Beaches sub branch, Mr Bruce McLaren will be speaking on the day about how the Lions Club operates and how they will be distributing the money also we do have two shopping trollies full of bottled water, toilet paper, non; perishable goods, and hygiene products.

    The local community businesses in Mona Vale have also come on board and Henry’s Bakery will be suppling scones for the morning tea on the day,

    A raffle will be held to attract extra funds for our farmers and these include Aldi will be suppling a coffee machine and coffee, fruit baskets from Harris Farm, gift baskets from Plunkett’s Pharmacy and Waratah Pharmacy, and meat gift voucher from Devitt’s meats to name a few

    The Zone Chairman of the Lions Club, for the Northern Beaches sub branch, Mr Bruce McLaren will be speaking on the day about how the Lions Club operates and how they will be distributing the money also we do have two shopping trollies full of bottled water, toilet paper, non; perishable goods, and hygiene products.

    The local community businesses in Mona Vale have also come on board and Henry’s Bakery will be suppling scones for the morning tea on the day,

    A raffle will be held to attract extra funds for our farmers and these include Aldi will be suppling a coffee machine and coffee, fruit baskets from Harris Farm, gift baskets from Plunkett’s Pharmacy and Waratah Pharmacy, and meat gift voucher from Devitt’s meats to name a few

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    Lilli's speech "Expectations" wins local final Lions Youth of the Year. Read it here!

    Lilli's speech wins public speaking competition.

    Lillian Teale, a 15 year old student at Mackellar Girls Campus won the Public speaking segment in the local final of the Lions Youth of the Year. Lilli's speech, titled “Expectations” is set out in full below.

    Andie Thorpe and Rebekah Thwaites also from Mackellar also competed.

    Andie was the overall winner and goes on to compete in the Lions Regional Final at Belrose Bowling Club on Monday 5th March.

    Lions Clubs around Australia organize this competition every year to provide opportunities for self development to Australian youth. National Australia Bank is the major sponsor of this national competition.

    Carmen Bouveng, manager National Australia Bank was one of the judges.

    Carmen, who has been a judge each year for the past eight years said “Lilli's speech and her presentation were the best I have heard from a contestant”.

    See what you think.


    “When I was four I went on holiday with my cousins. There was a rope swing in a tree at a nearby river.

    All the other, older cousins couldn’t bring themselves to brave the tree but I waddled my 4-year-old backside up that tree. When I reached the top I could see why everyone chickened out, it was so high! I sat there clutching the rope for a good 20 minutes. The rest of my family looking up at me, no one expected me, a 4-year-old girl to be able to do it. But I knew, in my heart, that I could do this. I took a big breath and shouted, “I believe I can fly!” and launched my self out of that tree.

    After that everyone followed behind and we had lots of fun. But it was that burst of courage that pushed me out of that tree; out of my comfort zone. I didn’t do it to impress other people, to fulfill their expectations of me. I did it to fulfill my expectations of me. I did because I wanted to; for the sheer joy.

    Now facing decisions that will affect my future, I want to have that same courage. I want to follow my own path. I want to believe I can fly, but I don’t know if I can anymore.

    We all struggle with expectations from society, family, peers, teachers. And while these expectations come from a good place, the way we interpret them can be unhealthy. It is a big factor in what is becoming a big problem, mental health.

    Having unrealistic or even high expectations may push a child to work harder but they grow to have the mindset that if I do not achieve you won’t love me. Love is measured by successes, academic, sporting or musical. Not only does this cause unhealthy amounts of stress but causes people to make decisions that are untrue to themselves.

    People get caught up trying to make other people happy instead of themselves. How many people get to live their lives living up to their own expectations? And research shows that to lead a truly happy life you must follow your own path.

    The internet and social media are full of positivity
    quotes: #beyourself #climbthatmountain

    #followyourdream. And that’s all well and good.

    But the reality is those hashtags come with a

    caveat. #followyourdreams as long as your dreams fit into the idea that you will become a

    famous artist, successful business man, the best

    singer, a gold medalist. Basically being rich or

    famous and to be admired by the lesser folk. Only

    then will you find happiness. There is an unspoken

    accepted norm in society that you have to be the

    best; that even if you get into the academic stream

    you must push to be top, even if you get into

    orchestra you must strive to get first violin. You

    have to be amazing. You have to be the best.

    Even if that’s not what you want.

    So how will I be true to myself? For starters, I’m

    going to be brave. It takes an insane amount of

    courage to be able to say “no”. I’m going to do

    what I want, what I am passionate about. I love

    flowers. It’s my dream to become a florist. My

    names Lilli after all. But people tell me it’s not an

    esteemed/respected career, more of a fallback

    career and I should aim higher. But what if I told

    you that 90% of florists (gardeners and beauticians

    too) say they are happy. Why isn’t a career that

    almost promises future happiness and a well-led

    life more admired? It will take an awful lot of courage to bypass the usual academic route and take up my passion.

    But to choose this path and stay true to myself, I must also be humble. To me humility does not equal low expectations or low drive but to see every option as equal. There is nothing that says one profession, one job, on path is any better than the other so why do we think there is?

    I don’t claim to have the answers but as 15 year old this is what I see and what I believe. So help me, help us. Every young person you have the pleasure of nurturing, teaching, loving, please help them to be brave and humble. Tell them the only thing they need to look for is to be content and proud of what they do. So here I am, I am still a four year old in a tree, I see the water, it’s scary, it’s a
    long way down but I’m going to jump because I’m the kind of girl who jumps. But I’m jumping for me!”

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    Balgowlah Lions raise $6,000 in big Christmas Raffle

    Lions Club of Balgowlah was successful in raising $6,000 in the Christmas Raffle.

    The proceeds will be split 50/50 with Bear Cottage and Pioneer Clubhouse.

    The winners of the raffle have been notified and have received their prizes.

    Thank you to all for your support.

    Photo of people from Pioneer Clubhouse

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    Balgowlah Lions raise $6,000 in big Christmas Raffle

    Lions Club of Balgowlah was successful in raising $6,000 in the Christmas Raffle.

    The proceeds will be split 50/50 with Bear Cottage and Pioneer Clubhouse.

    The winners of the raffle have been notified and have received their prizes.

    Thank you to all for your support.

  • Lions help with Hurricane Harvey

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    Lions donation helps upgrade facilities at Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club

    Lifesavers in the Sydney suburb of Queenscliff are now able to keep their cool in any emergency thanks to a grant from Lions Australia.
    Surf lifesavers on the northern Sydney beach of Queenscliff no longer have to endure the sweltering heat of a windowless first-aid room when taking care of injured swimmers.
    The partially underground concrete room at Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club, known as Queensie to locals, would often hit extreme temperatures in summer. With patrolling members carrying out 37 rescues, 93 first-aid treatments and 2539 preventive actions on the beach last summer alone, there was a desperate need for an upgrade.
    “The room would superheat,” says patrol captain Graham Lugsdin. “When volunteers arrived at 9am, the room would already be very hot and remain so on high-temperature days in summer. When we had to treat swimmers, the conditions were very testing, even though we could use a cheap fan.”
    Graham knew an air-conditioning unit would solve their problem so he approached the local Lions Club of Balgowlah for financial help. It’s not a job outside of Lugsdin’s daily role as he has also been working as a grants and sponsorship officer at Queensie for eight years. “I wanted to give back to the club to help them raise funds for vital equipment and building enhancements that are necessary to run a club of 1600 members,” he says.
    His efforts worked and in August last year, the 13-member Lions club donated $1000 to Queensie. The donation was part of Lions Australia’s Community 100 initiative, which celebrates 100 years of the organisation internationally. President Chris Bowles says the lifesaving club “have expressed their gratitude”.
    “We bought and installed a 2.5KW Mitsubishi Air Conditioning Unit in the first-aid room of the club,” says Graham. “We use the air-conditioner when temperatures are extreme, particularly on those days we run our Nippers, Open Carnivals and Swim for Saxon event, where we treat many injured participants.”
    “The patrol members have all said that it is so much more comfortable working in the air-conditioned room when they have to treat first-aid patients. For example, when treating blue bottle stings, the patient is placed in a hot shower which used to heat up the small room. Now with the air-conditioner, it doesn’t.”


  • The Australian Lions Visual Independence Foundation

    New “Galaxy” ID Mate

    Australian Lions Visual Independence Foundation is an Australian not for profit charity whose aim it is to: “bring happiness to the blind and low visioned Australians through the use of assistive /adaptive technology”

    In recent times, technology has developed to empower the blind and low visioned to live a more independent life. The technology can be costly and many potential beneficiaries are low income Australians managing on a blind pension. These people have no means of affording assistive technology.

    Today, Australian Lions Visual Independence Foundation (ALVIF) has an Executive Committee with a number of Lions Districts across Australia who support and assist the Foundation.

    Over 700 people across Australia have been helped with a grant program or purchase of the technology. Over 200 Lions Clubs have sponsored or supported a person with a talking bar code reader or talking GPS.

    ALVIF works with the various state and territory blindness agencies as well as our technology partners, to help bring this technology to those in need. ALVIF also has generous sponsorship and assistance from organisations such as the RACV, Navteq, GS1 and Insignia. ALVIF has also gained tax deductibility status.

    For further enquiries, please contact us by mail, phone or email as listed below. You can also see more about us on our website

    Phone: 1300 787 469

    Email: :

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    Local Lions Clubs supporting Sydney northern beaches community service organisations

    Lions Clubs donated more than $100,000 to community projects throughout Australia through the Lions Australia’s Community 100 program. The program marking the Centenary of the organisations, will assist more than 100 worthy causes around Australia.
    700 community organisations applied for funds under the program that was supported by County Style magazine. Projects included support for people with dementia, sports programs to integrate refugees, resilience building workshops for at-risk youth, community gardens as well as domestic violence and mental health initiatives.
    In the Manly Warringah area three projects were selected : Mr Graham Lugsdin Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club received air conditioner for first aid/patrol room (Balgowlah Lions), Ms Tanya Carmont. Water Skills for Life – teach swimming and water safety skills to the Tibetan Community of Dee Why (Frenchs Forest Lions) and Mr Jake Carmont Funding to support the Ripper Nippers program, a modified program for Special Needs Nippers.(Manly Lions)
    Tanya Carmont, President Water Skills for Life says “I have been a swim instructor for number of years and have volunteered to teach swimming at Narrabeen and Collaroy rockpools. I have a passion to empower people no matter what age or ability to be safe around the aquatic environment helping them to enjoy the water experience.
    I feel that giving back to my local community as well as helping developing countries in water safety techniques and swimming is an important role I have to play.
    After my first volunteer Vietnam experience, I had an urge to be able to help others and so Water Skills for Life began. I have a very dedicated Committee who share the same passion as I do.”Many Tibetan's new to our area are unfamiliar with our beaches and waterways, and have no 'water awareness'.
    Water Skills for Life are committed to educating this community, who may be at risk on our beaches without proper education and training.
    Water Skills for Life are working closely with the Tibetan Community of Australia to provide a program that will develop water awareness, swimming and water safety skills. 
    Water Skills for Life volunteers operate a swim program at Dee Why rock pool commencing in December each summer season. “
    Rob Oerlemans, Lions Australia Executive Officer said the Community 100 program has highlighted how many fantastic projects there are and how these grants can fund a much needed piece of equipment or keep a meal program running, for example.
    “These amazing projects can make a significant impact to their local communities, and what better way to celebrate 100 years of service than by doing what has made us great,.. helping others,” said Mr. Oerlemans.
    “For 100 years Lions have shared a core belief that the community is what we make it and Lions Australia’s Community 100 program celebrates this belief.”

    100% of all fundraising goes back into the communities we serve.




    Announcing $4 million gift to provide genome sequencing to hundreds of Aussie kids with cancer Landmark Lions project to provide genome sequencing to hundreds of Aussie kids with cancer.

    Hundreds of Australian children with high-risk cancer will have access to new genome sequencing technologies that could guide their treatment, following the announcement recently of substantial Lions Club funding for the Lions Kids Cancer Genome Project

    The Project, which was announced by Dr Joe Collins at the Lions Australia 2016 National Convention in Echuca, Victoria, is supported by the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) and by the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation (ALCCRF). Together, the two organisations are contributing AU$3.2 million – one of the largest single philanthropic gifts for children’s cancer in Australia

    Please support LCIF and the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation (ALCCRF) Lions creating miracles through service. Visit the website http://www.alccrf.lions

    More details: http://www.alccrf.lions

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    Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation

    1. Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation ALCCRF

    Today survival rates average 80%. However, 800 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and we lose on average 3 each week

    There is much work that still needs to be done, if one day we are to prevent all kids with cancer from dying.

    ALCCRF provides funding to childhood cancer research conducted right across Australia which specifically targets improved survival rates.

    For further information, visit the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation website

    Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation ABN 73 902 500 922

  • Lions Spinal Cord Fellowship/ Step Ahead


    Lions Clubs of Australia

    Dr George Owen approached a Lions Club in 1999 looking for a donation to help the fledgling Spinal Cord  Society of Australia Inc.
    In its search for a cure.

    This Club was so moved that it not only donated to the cause, it took the story to a larger audience. Within 12 months Lions had created the Lions Australia Spinal Cord Fellowship as a National project of Lion, giving all 1400 Lions Clubs across Australia the opportunity to raise funds for research into spinal cord repair.

    Lions Clubs individually conduct many and varied activities in an effort to raise funds for this project including Sausage sizzles, Trash & Treasure sales and Fun Runs.

     These events along with the national recycling effort involving the collection of aluminium can ring pulls are just some of the ways Lions Clubs of Australia raise more than $100,000 per year in support of StepAhead.

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    A new Hart Walker for Thomas

    Balgowlah Lions Club was pleased to donate $2,000 towards the cost of a Hart Walker for Thomas who lives at Palm Beach. Manly Lions Club and other Lions Clubs made significant contributions.


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    Dallas gets off the ground

    How would you feel about lying down 24 hours a day? That's how life has been for Dallas Lawsen, who has cerebral palsy. Dallas is also blind. Her mother Jade's request for a Miniwalk came to Lion Greg English, chairman of Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation.

    Miniwalk® is a gait trainer for children with mobility disabilities. Miniwalk® is available in two sizes and can be used by children at ages 1 - 7 years. Miniwalk® has springs, which make the upper part of the frame react to the movements of the user during gait. The gait pattern of the user is stimulated, which is important. The earlier a child is stimulated to move around and explore the greater is the chance of achieving a gait pattern. A wide range of accessories are available for Miniwalk®. There is a pair of hip supports used by children who need support around the pelvis. The cross bar in the middle is used by children who are strong enough to walk without a seat and the anti-tip supports ensure that Miniwalk® doesn't tilt if the child throws his or her body backwards.

    Two Balgowlah Lions club members, Leonie Bishop and Jane Capper, Nigel Jeny of Manly Lions Club and Greg English had the wonderful privilege of attending the presentation and fitting by George Ajaka, Occupational Therapist, of the Miniwalk to Dallas and her mum at Collaroy last week. Jane has reported her experience as follows:

    “Their house is literally on the water and what a wonderful view, I mentioned this to her mum and she said she needed it and quite so! Dallas was on the floor in the living room when everyone arrived – apparently Dallas stays on the floor or in her special pram – this will be a tremendous relief for both as it will give Dallas exercise as being on the floor all the time must be very hard for her. Also when she is at school she is strapped to something that remains static but upright - this is going to be an enormous relief, not only for comfort but freedom of movement and she grows her walker grows with her as she gets older – her mum was just so appreciative. She has support from two physios, one at the school, Joanna Peel and one at home, Liz Kassis who has a special interest in vision impairment.

    After all the introductions, Dallas was carefully strapped in to the walker and then we all went outside into the garden for photos. Greg English told her mum how 7 local Lions clubs had donated the funds to make this possible and she immediately burst into tears, it was very moving.

    By the time we were leaving Dallas was getting used to the walker and seemed to be actually enjoying it, her mum expected her to kick up a stink and reject it completely at first, but Dallas took to it like water. She was playing with a ball and moving with the chair. I think she will be unstoppable once she realises how much freedom it will give her and of course her mum.”


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    Emergency Medical Information Book is Saving Lives

    The introduction of an Emergency Medical Information Book is saving lives by assisting Ambulance Paramedics to diagnose medical symptoms and treat a patient prior to transporting them to hospital.

    This small ‘Emergency Medical Information Book’ (EMIB) contains a person’s details, name of doctor etc; Medical Condition Information, Prescribed Medications, Medical History and Service or Carer Provider Details. The EMIB is contained in a clear plastic wallet with strip magnets and is placed on the fridge. If an ambulance is called to a person’s residence, one ambulance will go straight to the fridge to locate the EMIB.

    Who should have one of these books?

    All people, adults and children who “take medications or have a medical condition”should have a book, especially elderly people living on their own. This book must by filled out by the owner (patient) together with their doctor.

    Lions and Rotary Clubs purchase the Emergency Medical Information Books and distribute them throughout the community, sometimes for a gold coin donation which helps to cover the initial cost of the books and therefore the project becomes self funding.

    To order through Lions Club of Balgowlah download the form below and post request with cheque or postal note $3.00 payable Lions Club of Balgowlah to PO Box 50, Balgowlah NSW 2093.

    For Chemists and doctor's surgeries counter outer plus supply of books available through news link on above website, or phone 0403268044.

    For Further Information -

    Attachment: Emergency Medical Information Book order form.doc

  • Manly Women's Shelter

    Manly Women's shelter is a non profit organisation supporting homeless women on Manly's northern beaches.This is a very worthwhile venture, and more funding is needed in order to employ another full time case worker. Balgowlah Lions Club encourages our readers and supporters to check out their website and consider what you can do to help.

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  • Message to Lions Members about River Blindness and Trachoma

    Here is a message from the Lions Clubs international Foundation about Message to Lions Members about River Blindness and Trachoma

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