Recently you may have seen some media regarding the use of ‘chuggers’, “charity muggers” as fundraisers. These individuals are employed by charities to solicit donations in return for a commission. The jobs are often pitched to young people and I’m disinclined to criticise young people trying to earn a living, but the media articles suggested some were a little too enthusiastic in their approach.
Some of our members posted comments in response, stating the fact that 100% of public donations goes to our charitable causes and the question came in return:
“But how do you fund staff?”
Lions has high expectations for membership. One of our ethics states:
“Always to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state, and my community, and to give them my unswerving loyalty in word, act, and deed. To give them freely of my time, labour and means.”
Our Lions contribute hundreds of thousand of hours of community service throughout Australia each year.
What many people don’t know is that every Lion pays fees to cover the costs of our operations. This means we proudly say that when you donate to Lions, you donate to cure children’s cancer, support your community when disaster strikes, find effective treatments for Alzheimers and spinal cord injury or help the most needy in your community…and so much more.
Most of our work is managed by our volunteers, and in Australia, I am part of a very small and privileged team of about six staff employed to support our mammoth operation. We are grateful that our members cover this cost out of their own pockets.
Being a Lion is not easy. Lions give their time, their funds and their hearts to work to make their communities a little better and a little more caring. In return they build lifelong friendships, receive the satisfaction of helping others and are never bored.
Thank you Lions.