BALLARAT was the location for the Lions International Australia, New Zealand, Indonesian (ANZI) Pacific Forum, held from Friday 1st of September to Sunday 3rd of September 2017. This forum has the purposes of: Promoting the principles and objectives of Lions Clubs International; Training, educating and motivating district and club officers; Providing for exchange of information and discussion of service activities, including opportunities for cooperative service projects; Advancing the interests of the Lions Clubs International Foundation. Yvonne Ross, from the Lions Club of Miners Rest, said about 380 people, from around the world, attended the forum.
“It’s the 100 year celebration of the Lions, whose motto is ‘Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion’,” she said. The forum was also an opportunity for the Miners Rest District Lions Club, to hand over a cheque to the ‘Need for Feed’ program. “The Club held a fundraising barbeque at which was raised $530,” Ms Ross said. “Need For Feed look after people who have had floods, droughts, fire – so the locals donate their time, trucks and local farmers donate their excess feed so that can go wherever the need for feed is – it goes all over Australia.
“Need for Feed is a Lions project run by a guy by the name of Graham Cockrell and he lives down on the Peninsula, down by Frankston, and he goes all over Australia with a great big convoy of trucks. “He did it last year on Australia day for the Smythesdale/Mt Bolton area, it’s also hygiene products, dog food, just general household products so the farmers can eat because a lot of them, when they are drought affected, suffer financially but our fundraiser was to go towards diesel and the people who provide their trucks .”
Also stationed at the venue was a free skin cancer check bus, courtesy of the ANZI forum.
“The bus was open to all members of the public – face scan or full body scan. That is all donated and supported by the Lions,” Ms Ross added.