I have recently joined the local Lions Club because all the money raised is used for needy causes. As all members are volunteers,no money raised through various activities like Fairs,Barbecues etc is used up by administration fees & other expenses occurred by professional fund raisers.It also fosters a community spirit not motivated by profits
Last reply: 24th Mar 2014 /
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Post by Opa
I currently do volunteer work for the Red Cross. All their clothes that get sent back to head office get distributed to needy people, ie, from the floods, earthquakes and tsunami. All the money raised goes towards helping and feeding people in need from both Australia and overseas. I find it quite a fulfilling job. Reply
Posted by: Nannie
Posted: 21st Jul 2011
I also currently do volunteer work for the Red Cross - in the Op Shop. Its a great way of giving back to the community and also for meeting new people.
In addition I am a member of the local Lioness Club - and have been a member of the Lions family for over 40 years, having started as a Leo.
A relative of mine is a volunteer for a branch of the Lions Club in SA. She explained to me that when approached for assistance for equipment - even for disdability - they actually buy the equipment and donate it. They don't give the person the money to buy it themselves as theyhave been "ripped off"
She also told me that our Local SES had applied to them for assistance as the Govt. Had cutting their funding back and they urgently needed repairs to some of the equipment and in some cases new as it was cheaper to buy new than repairs.
The Lions Club she belongs to submits their financial and other details to the Local Council each year for a grant. They had a small garage from which they ran garage sales regularly including some weekdays and it was vandalised, not just damaged but set alight and most of the donated goods destroyed completely and others smoke damaged. They also used to collect newspaper which they took to a place and received funds from. We used to save ours and take to them fairly regularly. Somebody owned a trailer and used to take it for them. It happened to be in the shed and was destroyed too. Reply
Posted by: Katiebear35
Posted: 14th Jun 2012
I was a member of my local Rotaract Club which is for young people between the age of 18-30 and works under Rotary. I got so much out of it, just from being an ordinary member to taking on the leadership of President. I also got to participant in a leadership program in Birmingham and do volunteer work at a children's refuge in Thailand. It is so worth joining a service club as you will be surprised by how much it will benefit you in so many aspects of your life. Reply
Posted by: Beryl
Posted: 24th Mar 2014
My husband and I have been members of a Lions Club for many years. We work quite hard, alongside our fellow Lions and manage to raise many thousands of dollars which all goes to assist International causes, Australia-wide causes and our own community. It is important to know that every cent of money raised from our activities is donated to worthy causes. Reply
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