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Sleeping Rough Project

The Victor Harbor & Port Elliot Lions Club have a new project to assist our local community that may be experiencing either homelessness or financial stress, due to our current economical climate we currently live in.

This project provides personal packs for men, woman, babies and children. These packs are supplied at no cost to all recipients. 

Travel sized items include either  gender, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, tissues, hand wipes, combs and razors.

Female specific sanitary items, hairpins, hair ties, lip balms, brush (fold up type for handbag) shower caps.

Victor Harbor & Port Elliot lions will be supplying these packs by way of our usual fund-raising initiatives and are hoping for assistance from our Community. We are asking for donations of travel size products as shown in the picture; suitable for men, women. Have a look in your bathroom cupboards you may be surprised to find unopened items collected whilst on holidays, unused gifts and products you have been given or purchased and forgotten about. Place these items in a bag and contact one of our members listed below, who will be happy to collect these items from you. 

The picture shows David Walker one of our very hard working volunteers packing personal packs to be distributed to our local community that are experiencing either homelessness or financial stress. Well done David!

David Bond 0418 858 319, Karen Winston 0430 089 771, David Walker 0427 390 607 or Andrew Craig 0457 452 188

Stamp Collecting

Malcom Wheeler has been collecting stamps for Victor Harbor & Port Elliot Lions Club for many years.

On August 7th 2023 Malcom was on the hunt for 200 used stamps, when he received those his total of stamps collected came to 200,000.

Malcom and his wife moved to Elliot Gardens 4 years ago. The stamps have been donated by residents, by people outside the village, from various stores and Victor Harbor & Port Elliot Lions Club.

Once collected Malcom rids the stamps of any “waste paper” and donates them to Victor Harbor & Port Elliot Lions. They are then given to the Lions International stamp Club which presents them at stamp auctions where they are bought by agents and offered to collectors around the world.

Malcom has been advised that since this fund-raising activity was started by Lions 17 years ago, $320,000 has been donated to the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation. These funds are then used to assist in the purchase of walking devices, bikes and trikes for children with mobility issues.

If you would like to donate your stamps, then please contact us.

Skin Cancer Screening

In 2020, there were 1401 deaths from melanoma of the skin in Australia (939 males & 462 females). 

In 2022, it is estimated that 17,756 new cases of melanoma of the skin will be diagnosed in Australia. (10,374 males & 7382 females).

More than two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. About 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer each year.

Our Lions Club is proud to support the joint C1 & C2 District project providing free skin cancer screenings across South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Victor Harbor & Port Elliott Lions are extremely proud of the response from our Community to the Skin Cancer Screening conducted on the 6th & 7th May 2023. 

All available time slots over the two days were filled with 6% of the total numbers screened being referred to a GP for further investigation.

Thank-you to the Screeners and to our Communities response in making this project so successful.

Our next visit from the Lions Screening unit will probably be 2025.

skin cancer screening
Youth Camp - Goolwa coming off Cockle train

Youth Exchange Program

On the 17th to 27th January 2023 an International Camp for youths aged 16 to 20 commenced at the Willow Creek Adventure camp in Victor Harbor. Many activities were planned and for some of these young people, they ate a hamburger and saw the sea for the very first time. We had participants  from all over the globe. Mani from Austria, Emma from Canada, Chan Hou from Malaysia, Lewis and Orgil from Mongolia and Alex from NZ.  After a few days at Willow Creek camp they continued their journey to Camp Nora Yo-Long on the Southern Port Highway situated  between Beachport and Millicent.

In the next coming year 2024, the camp will move onto Kangaroo Island for another experience of not only creating fun for these young people but also to teach them about the environment and our country Australia. After a few days at KI, they will then continue to camp Nora Yo-Long again before returning home.

Lions Youth Camps and Exchange have had youth programs running all around the world. The program aims to help youth to develop leadership qualities, self-esteem and build on their skills with a second language. It helps to be understanding of themselves and their world around them and it also cultivates new friendships with people from different backgrounds and beliefs.

The Youth Exchange program gives Australian Youth ages 15-20 an opportunity to travel overseas independently and safely.

The Youth Exchange program is a Lions International program, held each year, where local Lions Clubs are able to sponsor the youth from many countries around the world. Home hosted, both here in Australia or overseas, young people are given the opportunity to travel around the world for the first.

This is another Service Project that Lions Australia and Lions International, work hand in hand to give these  young people a taste and experience that they may never have again.

Victor Harbor Pageant

To really feel part of our Victor Harbor community, it was decided 3 years ago to take part in the Rotary Pageant held in December each year.

Coming up with new themes each year wasn’t hard and we started off with: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe from the Narnia books by CS Lewis, The Lion King and Lions at Work.

With a team of talented members, we were able to add in the Roar of Lions and Christmas songs. The look on the faces of thousands of children, and their parents, lining the streets of Victor Harbor told us it was worth every minute spent decorating our trailer and dressing ourselves up.

Can’t wait for the next pageant.

Pageant 2022
Lions Park 2023

Lions Park

The Lions Park is close to existing barbecues, playground, toilets with plenty of  parking.  One of the future aims of Lions members is to entice the public into the area with new and interesting ideas. Table and Chairs have now been erected and we hope that visitors and residents will find this park a quiet area to enjoy the scenery of this beautiful region of South Australia.

Information Board

Victor Harbor Information Bay

For more than thirty years the Lions Club Information Bay has been a valuable source of knowledge for the general public. It has also given local business and other voluntary organisations an opportunity to promote their activities. Situated in the parking bay adjacent to the Adelaide Waterport roads intersection, the Information Bay is in a prime position to attract a wide spectrum of the population. Offering valuable information to both travellers to our area, or local residents, we welcome any business or voluntary organisation(s) to advertise in our bay for a very economical rate of $66.00 per year for a 600cm x 800cm sign. Larger signs are also available on a pro rata basis. Victor Harbor & Port Elliott Lions offer a 50% discount to voluntary organisations. For any further queries please contact Lion Member Don Thorpe on 0458 195 384 .

Hospital Screens

South Coast District and Victor Harbor Private Hospitals needed to screen off their rubbish bins as patents requiring chemotherapy had to walk through an area of the hospital which held all the storage bins. Our club was happen to erect this screen which the Hospital was delighted to receive.
Hospital screen Sept 22

Anzac Day Events

Anzac Day is held each year at the Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens in Victor Harbor at the dawn service. It attracts a very large populations of veterans plus families and those wishing to pay their respects. Our club is honoured to provide a free breakfast after the service along with help of the CWA ladies who provide the drinks.
Anzac Day BBQ
Anzac Day Memorial
Stage 1 BBQ Para Hills HS

Surf Lessons

The Para Hills High School recently took a trip to Middleton’s Surf Beach where the students were given surfing lessons – what an awesome experience! And to top it off, the Lion Club of Victor Harbor & Port Elliot provided a delicious sausage sizzle lunch for everyone to enjoy.

Lions Recycle for Sight

Lions Recycle for Sight Australia has collected millions of pairs of used spectacles, sunglasses, new frames and other equipment. The program distributes regraded, or refurbished, spectacles to many parts of the world to Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs and other humanitarian organisations for distribution to people in need, with no expense or obligation for the recipient.

Since the Australian program started in the early 1990s, the program has delivered over 2.5 million pair to countries in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Indian Sub-continent, East Asia, and the Far East, including China, the countries of the Pacific Rim and Southern Asia and Oceania.

If you have any glasses, or sunglasses, that you no longer use or need, then why not recycle them by donating them to this great program. Victor Harbor & Port Elliot Lions Club have collected 700 pairs of glasses this month. National Pharmacies send their glasses to a national area where they then sort out and send then to Lions in Brisbane. Currently Specsavers and OPSM located in the Victor Harbor Mall are just two of our outlets who support this great cause. We are also currently negotiating collections from other optometrists in our local area.

Lions Recycle for Sight
Cut Hill Wall

Area Cleanup

Every few weeks, our members go up to Cut Hill on the Victor Harbor Road to cut back the weeds and give the area a good clean up.  This is a project working along side of Kebsab and has been a long standing project for our club. 

Rolls Royce visit 26th March 2023 Vic

Car Rally

Our members supported the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of Australia as they travelled from Hahndorf to Victor Harbor in March 2023.

There were approximately 70 cars present on the day, ranging from models from 1921 to 2023.

We had 6 of our members  marshal for the event. 

Rolls Royce visit 26th March 2023

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