KIAMA LIONS CLUB
The Lions Clubs Australia website is well worth a few minutes of your time. The range of Australia-wide programs, in addition to those of local Lions clubs, is truly astounding. For example under "Activities - Health - Vision and Hearing" you can learn about the Australian Lions Hearing Dogs (ALHD) program which has been so successful in training and providing dogs for the hearing impaired of Australia for nearly 40 years. Planned expansion will give ALHD the capacity to procure, house, train and place 100 dogs per year, helping to meet the growing demand from an ageing population increasingly affected by hearing loss. As hearing loss for many people also brings with it depression, anxiety, isolation and loneliness the hearing dog not only makes day-to-day life more navigable but also serves as a companion, allowing the owner to re-connect with friends, family and community. Continuing support from Lions clubs will remain an important part of funding this vital program. Find out more from the website.
KIAMA ROTARY CLUB
"Think big and be bold" was advice we received as we moved into adulthood. Some heeded the call and lived their lives accordingly. It would be interesting to hear from them as to whether or not, given a chance, they'd do so again. So why do you find me so reflective? It has to do with a new fund-raising strategy we are about to undertake. We are stepping outside our comfort zone and being bold, and in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Gerringong, we are conducting a raffle with a new car as first prize. That's significantly upping the risk we take compared to anything we've done before in the fund-raising area. But as I said at the start "think big and be bold"; well we are certainly doing that. Kiama Municipality residents are familiar with the Kiama Auto Expo held annually at the Kiama Showground and Pavilion; this year on November 24. As part of this year's Expo and in the months prior you will be offered a 1/450 chance of winning a brand new MG ZS, 1.5L Auto, valued at $26,000, all for an investment of $100. To participate, just phone 0432 370 969 and buy a ticket over the phone. The raffle is in aid of people living with Parkinson's and other Rotary projects.