Lions Club of Healesville Projects
Spectacles / Glasses recycling
Lions collect old or unwanted spectacles/ glasses which are given to people in 3rd world countries. To donate, bring the glasses into the Lions Den or The Spectacle Site in Healesville.
The Lions Den - 183 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville Ph. 5962 1251
The major ongoing project of the Lions Club, this shop kindly accepts donations of good quality furniture, clothes, household goods and other items which we can sell, raising money to put back into the community. To make donations call 5962 1251.
Lions Hall - 9 Lilydale Rd, Healesville.
Available for hire at very competitive rates our Lions Hall features a large car park, full kitchen, wooden dance floor and stage, toilets, lighting, air conditioning and a small bar room. Ideal for approved private functions and community groups. Call 5962 4582 for enquires.
Spread out across retail outlets you can use these mint boxes to buy Musk, Peppermint, Spearmint and Fizzer mints, or simply make a coin donation to the Lions Club.
Bulk buys are available (12 packets per box) that make a great gift for young and old. For bulk orders call 5962 6319.
Lions Fruit Cakes
Quality dark fruit cake with over 50% fruit. Two sizes available 1kg and 1.5kg. Available from the Lions Den Shop at 183 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville Ph.5962 1251.
Lions Community Birthday Calendar
Free to the community, this calendar is extremely popular. It displays the birthdays of your family members, with space to write your appointments and other "stuff". To add or remove birthdays or to enquire about advertising space call 5962 4582.
Other achievements and projects of the Lions Club of Healesville since its charter in 1961:-
Maroondah Retirement Village
- The brainchild of a Lions Club member, the club bought land in the 1960s and donated it to a community group (half of which were Lions Club members) who then set about funding and building, with the help of government funding, what is now 30 residential units in Don Rd, Healesville, and now run by Uniting Care Harrison.
Healesville Senior Citizens building (River St, Healesville)
- Funded the building and original furnishings.
Healesville Sanctuary Theatre (now demolished?):
- Funded the building of an educational theatre for school children
- Monda Lodge Hostel, Westmount Rd, Healesville (since relocated and rebuilt to make way for new buildings).
- Coronation Park, River St, Healesville ($22,000)
- Lions picnic spot, Badger Creek Rd ($ 2006)
Lions Picnic Spot Badger Creek Rd
- Electric BBQ
- Gazebo, wooden table with bench seating
- Outdoor tables with seating
- Pedestrian pathways
- Gazebo with BBQ, tables/seating and concrete floor
- Car park asphalting ($17,000)
- Revegetation (thousands of indigenous plants over several years) with extensive community involvement (community groups, general public, Shire of Yarra Ranges, Melbourne Water, Correctional Facilities workers)
- $28,000 12 metre single span pedestrian bridge (half funded by the Australian Lions Foundation)
Main St Healesville (At pedestrian crossing)
- Town clock
- Large overhead pedestrian shelters erected at pedestrian traffic lights
- Patient televisions
- Book trolley and other furnishings
- Ward sponsoring
- Rainbow room sponsorship (no longer in existence)
- $15,000 Defibrillator (half funded by the Australian Lions Foundation)
- Palliative care room sofa bed (In memoriam of deceased Lion Ethel Lalor)
Healesville High School
- 7,000? Community Eca centre funding support (a project of the Rotary Club of Healesville)
- Wall padding for basketball court
- $500 concreting of memorial garden path
Indoor pool (at Healesville High School)
- Startup funding
- First aid room sponsorship $1,000
- Hydraulic lift for disabled to be raised and lowered into the pool.
- $5,000 concreting of pool entranceway and linking path to ECCA centre (path since demolished with school rebuilding program)
- Diving board (now removed)
- 1/3 funding ($5,000) of a speed monitoring (and display) trailer for use throughout the Shire of Yarra Ranges
Royal Childrens Hospital
- Child safety handbook sponsorship
- Provided startup funds and supplies for a Healesville diabetes program, now operated by Yarra Valley Community Health Service
- Supply of equipment for disadvantaged people with diabetes
Disabled services and supplies
- Hart walker for cerebral palsy child, and maintenance/modification costs
- Wheel chairs supplied
- Financial support of Melba Support Services Inc.
- Lions Hearing Dogs for the deaf.
- Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (now Vision Victoria)
- Split level floor ramp (to become the possession of Yarra Valley Community Health Service)
- Shower chair
- Light weight folding wheel chair
- Australian Lions Childrens Mobility Foundation donations
- Paralympic athletes funding
- Purchased a trampoline for a child with movement and sensory disorders
- Air conditioner for a lady with severe respiratory condition.
- Specialised potty chair to help toilet train a severely disabled boy.
- Car swivel chair for disabled girl to be more easily transported.
- Tilting space wheelchair for disabled girl.
- Help to fund ceiling hoists and slings for several disabled children and adults.
Youth sponsorships and programs
- Childrens camps and outings (Lions Village Licola, Luna Park (now ceased), Portsea)
- Young Endeavour Voyage sponsorship
- Humanitarian aid trips overseas (South America, Africa)
- State and overseas sporting scholarships/sponsorships (swimming, archery (NZ), gymnastics, cross country (USA))
- Local junior sporting clubs training, equipment and other supplies (football, netball, soccer, cricket)
- Donations for Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, and Guides to purchase equipment, go on camps etc.
- Funding/supply of primary and secondary school drug awareness programs and equipment.
- Kindergarten sunshades, playground equipment, activity tents, musical instruments, toys, books etc.
- High school drug awareness programs and road safety lectures.
- School scholarships funded.
- Solar challenge funding.
- Toys for Healesville and Yarra Glen toy libraries.
- Annual sponsorship of children to summer arts school.
- Drama and theatre production funding.
- Police band sponsorship.
- Lions Youth of the Year contests.
- Youth exchange.
- Non-natural disasters (e.g. 9/11)
- Victorian Bushfire & Drought Relief 2020 - $3,000 donated directly to the "Need for Feed" program.
Welfare and similar
- Healesville Interchurch Community Care
o Christmas cakes donated for annual food hampers
o Firewood supplied to disadvantaged
o Lots of individual welfare requests
o $2,000 funding towards purchase of HACC car to transport infirm residents to medical appointments etc. (2010)
- Christmas fruit parcels to local nursing home and special accommodation residents
- Golden Wattle Club donations.
- University of the 3rd Age (U3A) setup funding
- CFA, State Emergency Service and ambulance services
- State Emergency Service transport vehicle supplied, helped fund catering van, ran the donation/appeal to raise $55,000 to purchase Jaws of Life equipment
- Healesville CFA fire truck supplied
- Walkie talkies and pagers supplied
- Trauma teddies for injured children
- Badger Creek CFA funding for new shed (2002)
- Oxygen resuscitator for ambulance (1974)
- Funding towards water tanks
- Housing replacement
- Kit homes supplied for 2 houses lost in 1962 bushfires
- Lions Village Licola housing redevelopment funding (2003)
- Coranderk cemetery
- Brush/undergrowth clearing
- Healesville centenary celebrations (1960s)
- Organised street float parade
- Centre for Eye Research Australia sponsorship toward eye research fellow.
- Lions Sight First Program helping eliminate preventable causes of blindness, primarily in third world countries
- Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind donations.
- Lions Sight First Program II began 2006 (as a continuation of sight first I)
- Spectacle recycling for distribution to third world countries.
- Lions Club of Healesville was one of the first service clubs in Australia to implement childhood amblyopia testing (1960s?)
Health (donations towards)
- Stem cell research
- Spinal cord fellowship funding
- Cord blood and childhood cancer research
- Prostate cancer research
- Diabetes research and supplies.
- Cancer Council of Victoria (Relay for Life)
- Speech operational BGL glucometer purchased for blind diabetic.
- Motor neurone disease
- National Heart Foundation
- Lions Community Birthday Calendar
- Lions Hall owned and operated by the Lions Club of Healesville and hired out to community groups as well as for wedding receptions, parties etc.
- Yarra Valley Tourist Railway funding
- Carols by Candlelight
- Maroondah Choir sponsorship (1976)
- Wishing well constructed (Queen's Park)
- Fishing competitions
- Veteran car rally hosting
- Sound equipment bought for community use (Healesville Living and Learning Centre)
- Catering support for funerals of deceased Lions Club members
- $1,000 towards Healesville Living & Learning Centre shed
- Light tower funding ($1,000) Healesville Soccer Club.
- Outdoor tennis court funding ($ ) Healesville Tennis Club. (200?)
- $5,000 towards construction of Healesville BMX bicycle track in Don Rd.
- Australian Lions Foundation donations
- Victorian Lions Foundation
- Lions Clubs International Foundation
- Australian Lions Children's Mobility Foundation
- Basket ball rings and backboards supplied (Don Valley Primary School)
- Computers supplied (Yering P.S.)
- Books supplied
Most of our work is local, helping our schools, kindergartens, emergency service groups, Scouts, Guides, toy libraries and other community organisations and welfare cases, but we also support projects like research into childhood cancer, prostate cancer, spinal cord injury, stem cell and umbilical cord blood storage, children's camps - Lions Village Licola, cerebral palsy - Australian Lions Children's Mobility Foundation, diabetic and preventable blindness eye research, drug awareness for school children and disaster relief projects.
If you're a community minded person, would like to be a bit more involved in your community but don't quite know where to start, contact us. Lions Clubs International is the largest service organisation in the world and we'd love to have you join us.