The Queensland and Northern New South Wales Lions Medical Research Foundation Ambassador Program engages Lions members from the Q Districts of Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
Lions Clubs of Queensland and Northern New South Wales are the constituent members of Lions Medical Research Foundation (LMRF) and as such are vital to the ongoing success of the Foundation. Commencing in 2018, the Ambassador Program announced its first Ambassador as former LMRF Chairman PDG Austin (Aussie) Lanphier.
Aussie and other Ambassadors will work with the Foundation and the Directors from their District and LMRF Staff to increase visibility, and build and maintain relationships across Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs.
MEET OUR AMBASSADORS
AUSTIN LANPHIER – Lions Club of Townsville Northern Suburbs, District 201Q2
JOHN BURNHAM – Lions Club of Samford, District 201Q3
NEIL PHILLIPS – Lions Club of Ashgrove The Gap, District 201Q3
TIM HANNAY – Lions Club of Rockhampton Fitzroy River, District 201Q4
DONNA HEDGES – Lions Club of Brisbane Bunya, District 201Q3
CARMEL GOLDSWORTHY – Lions Club of Toowoomba Wilsonton, District 201Q3
Lions Club of Townsville Northern Suburbs
Appointed January 2018
Throughout his working life, Aussie’s career spanned over 40 years in sales and marketing businesses in Victoria and North Queensland. As part of his commitment to volunteering and community fundraising, he was a scout leader for 7 years, a Q2 District Governor from 2002 to 2003, and is currently a Trustee of ALCCRF and Q2 Health Projects Chair. As a Lion with 34 years’ service he recognises the amazing work undertaken by Lions Clubs and knows the importance of contributing to organisations such as Lions Medical Research Foundation.
“Lions Medical Research Foundation is very important to me. As a past Chairman, I remain committed to the Foundation and am delighted to be able to offer ongoing support as a Foundation Ambassador”
Lions Club of Rockhampton Fitzroy River
Appointed March 2018
Tim currently works full time as a Safety, Risk and Compliance Officer for a Health Care organisation in Central Queensland. Over the last 20 years, his community service involvement has consisted of volunteering with Cancer Council Queensland, and as a Relay For Life committee member where he has been an active participant for 8 years. He has also been involved in school boards throughout his children’s primary school years and currently sits on the school board at the Cathedral College in Rockhampton. Tim has been a Lion for 13 years and is currently 2nd Vice District Governor for Q4 District. He believes promotion and stability are the key ingredients to ensuring that Foundations like the Lions Medical Research Foundation are here for the long haul.
“As a past director and supporter, I am a strong advocate for Lions Medical Research Foundation. My passion for facilitating the ongoing financial support as well as promotion of the Foundation and its core mission of funding for medical research is paramount to the ongoing success of the Foundation”.
Lions Club of Brisbane Bunya
Appointed March 2018
Donna has been a teacher and administrator spanning 40 years, teaching in locations across the state. Over the years, Donna has given freely of her time volunteering in the communities in which she lived. Donna joined Lions in 1999 with Brisbane Bunya Club and over the past 19 years she has been an active and committed member, serving in various roles at both club and district level, including Company Secretary of Lions Medical Research Foundation for over ten years. She is currently First Vice District Governor Elect for Q3.
“The role Lions Medical Research Foundation plays in research development within Queensland and Australia is understated. As a past Foundation Secretary, I have a good understanding of the Foundation’s mission and purpose and appreciate the need for the Foundation to continue raising monies to support the funding of our research fellowship recipients”.
Lions Club of Toowoomba Wilsonton
Appointed March 2018
Carmel commenced her working life in the field of nursing in 1967. She worked in many towns around Queensland – at Dalby, Chinchilla, Mt.Isa, Emerald and Toowoomba – before retiring from the workforce 4 years ago. She became involved in the Lions Organisation in 1980 in Mt. Isa where her husband Bob, was a member of the Leichhardt Lions Club. She was later invited to become a member of the Toowoomba Wilsonton Lions Club in September 2008 and since then has served in many positions on the Club Board, on District Cabinet and Multiple District. Carmel is currently the District Governor Elect for 201Q3.
“I have been a supporter of the Foundation for many years and believe in the Foundation. To be a Lions Member and be able to promote and support the wonderful work of the researchers can only be a benefit to all people who live in our communities and all people of the world”.