Lions Australia is very proud of its mission statement.
“To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation.”
How do we express it in our service work?
Create and foster a spirit of understanding…
While we are Lions Australia, Lions Clubs International is global organisation in more than 205 countries around the world. We are on every continent, of diverse political beliefs, religions and cultures. We are Moslems, Christians, Hindu’s and more; and of course we are atheists, agnostics and humanists. We are farmers, business people, sailors, pensioners and academics. We are men, women, young and old.
We create this spirit of understanding by working together and caring for each other.
That’s as good a description as any.
Locally we support people with a disability, older people, children with special needs, those doing it tough. Often we use money that we spent hard hours raising through community service, but other times we pitch in with our labour. You might see Lions on a working bee in a park, or rebuilding fences after a fire.
Nationally we support key initiatives that will make our country a better place. We back ground-breaking medical research into conditions like cervical cancer, vision loss, spinal cord injury, stem cell research and cancers. We try to use our networks and influence to get people talking about important concerns like organ donation and mental illness.
Internationally we are trying to eradicate disease like river blindness and measles. When there is a major disaster like an earthquake, tsunami or devastating floods and fires, you can be certain that ordinary, everyday people like you and I; the local Lions, are there helping people to recover and rebuild.
Lions are unpaid, community spirited individuals. There are 1.4 million of us around the world helping out with our labour, ideas and hearts – all unpaid. Not only that, we actually pay to cover all of the costs of our infrastructure. Our Governance, travel, conferences, pens, paper, bright coloured vests…everything is paid for by our members. This means that we can proudly say that when you donate to any of our humanitarian causes, every single cent goes where it is intended. Every, single cent.
Community involvement and International co-operation
We have a saying in Lions. Our people are our ‘bottom line’. Of course we have a financial bottom line, but without our people, we cannot achieve anything. We
achieve all that we do by working together, alongside our Lions colleagues at home and overseas.
It’s about working together, co-operating, and working with our communities.
It’s like a big, diverse family. You don’t recognise these families by a birthmark. You recognise them by the badge we wear.