Newcastle University Lions Club

Lions are roaring at UON

Service clubs have a long history of community involvement in Australia. From humble beginnings in 1917 in Chicago, Lions Clubs International is now the world’s largest service club organisation with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs across 207 countries and geographical locations.

Lions Clubs International is perhaps best known for their history of commitment to sight conservation worldwide, but they are also involved in many community projects on a local level, including supporting local children and schools, caring for the environment and aiding seniors and the disabled. They also provide youth volunteer opportunities through their Leo (Leadership. Experience. Opportunity.) Clubs

Since 1968 the Lions Clubs International Foundation has awarded more than $660 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian projects around the world.

The Newcastle University Lions Club was established in late 2009, with a membership drawn from the students and staff at the University. The club’s major aim is to facilitate a group that actively responds to student and local community needs in a positive and inspiring way.

The Newcastle University Lions Club works to serve the campus and local community while at the same time developing valuable leadership and business skills in its members.

The local community is well-supported by the Club, which regularly holds fundraising events to raise money for a variety of causes. A recent ‘cans for cash’ collection raised money for a playground shelter for a local school.

The Club has also been involved in Clean Up Australia Day as well as regularly cleaning up the cycleway around the University, and together with Jesmond Lions Club assist with the running of fundraising barbecues.

For more information about the Newcastle University Lions Club, email p_waymouth@optusnet.com.au

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