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Ambassadors

AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

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 offers a growing team of passionate and committed Lions members who are helping to further the aims and ambitions of Lions Medical Research Foundation across Queensland and Northern New South Wales. They provide a voice for the Foundation, activate and maintain lasting relationships across Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs, help to raise funds, and build support and profile. Our current Ambassadors are:

JOHN BURNHAM – Lions Club of Samford, District 201Q3

NEIL PHILLIPS – Lions Club of Ashgrove The Gap, District 201Q3

TIM HANNAYLions 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

PAUL RYAN – Lions Club of Golden Valley Keperra, District 201Q3

ELOISE FLEMING – District 201Q3

GAY REBGETZ – Lions Club of Townsville Barrier Reef, District 201Q2

RACHEL DAVEY – Lions Club of Cairns Barrier Reef, District 201Q2

MAX GEHRING – Lions Club of Richmond, District 201Q2

NICOLE PHILLIPS – Apple-MAQ Lions Club, District 201Q1

 



JOHN BURNHAM

 

Lions Club of Samford
District 201Q3
Appointed February 2018

 

By 11 May 2018, John will have completed 20 years of service in Lions and has been a President of both the Pine Rivers and Samford Lions Clubs. In 2002, John was instrumental in setting up the Samford Lions Club and in that time has been Club Secretary, Club President (three times) and Treasurer twice. He has also been Membership Chairman & Bulletin Editor, Tail Twister and the Lions Medical Research Personality Quest Coordinator from 2004 to 2016. He was on Q3 Cabinet in various roles until 2017 and propounded the benefits of both Lions Medical Research Foundation and Lions Medical Research Personality Quest from 2012–2017. He is a Melvin Jones Fellow, has a James D. Richardson Honour Award, as well as an Ian Frazer Humanitarian Award. John also writes a fortnightly column for the local community newspaper ‘The Village Pump’.

 

“As a past Q3 Cabinet representative of the Lions Medical Research Foundation and Personality Quest, I have always had a strong belief in the aims of the Foundation and support for the work that is undertaken by the researchers who are funded by the Foundation through funds raised by Lions Clubs”.

 


NEIL PHILLIPS

 

Lions Club of Ashgrove The Gap
District 201Q3
Appointed March 2018

 

Neil spent most of his working career in the stockbroking industry. Along the way he held voluntary roles with a school P&C, gymnastics and cricket. He has been a Lions member for more than forty years. Neil has held various District Cabinet positions including Cabinet Secretary and for several years was a Director of the Lions Medical Research Foundation including a term as Chairman. Neil was also a member of the Host Committees for both the 1991 International Convention and the 2011 ANZI Pacific Forum.

 

“My time as a Director of the Foundation allowed me to clearly see how valuable the funding is that we provide for prospective medical research. Building the Foundation’s financial health in order to ensure our work continues is important to me, and it’s why I choose to be an Ambassador”

   

TIM HANNAY

 

Lions Club of Rockhampton Fitzroy River
District 201Q4
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”.  

   

DONNA HEDGES

 

Lions Club of Brisbane Bunya
District 201Q3
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”.

 

CARMEL GOLDSWORTHY 

 

Lions Club of Toowoomba Wilsonton
District 201Q3
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”.

 

PAUL RYAN 

Lions Club of Golden Valley Keperra

District 201Q3

Appointed March 2018

 

Paul Ryan has enjoyed 18 years of service with the Lions Club of Golden valley Keperra (GVK). While serving in most club board positions and also serving some time on district cabinet, Paul is currently finance and membership chair at GVK. With 49 years in the finance industry, Paul has seen many Queensland communities while on transfer with his employer. Always keen to contribute to those communities, Paul has held leadership roles with youth, church and school communities. He was invited to be a Lion after his daughter Shannon was GVK’s Miss Personality Quest entrant in 1999.

 

“When at a Bunnings BBQ or community event, we are often asked ‘where does the money go’ – most Lions would say ‘medical research or community assistance’ and while Lions have many excellent Projects and Foundations, LMRF is our Foundation. It punches above its weight, supporting research that makes a difference”.     

 

ELOISE FLEMING  

 

District 201Q3

Appointed May 2018

 

Eloise currently works full time in marketing. Although she is only 20 years of age she has always taken an interest in helping the community. She joined the Samford Leo Club at just 14 and spent most of her teenage years giving back to others. Her parents are heavily involved in Lions, giving her the drive to be a youthful, energetic and community minded person. She was a Lions Medical Research Personality Quest Entrant for 2016/2017 and raised $11,500 in 12 months for Lions Medical Research Foundation. She will continue to support the foundation through awareness.

 

“As a young person, I believe that medical research is the way of the future. When I found out about the Foundation, I couldn’t have thought of a better way to be involved in such a wonderful fundraising platform, knowing that one day our efforts could possibly save the lives of the people around me who I love”

 

GAY REBGETZ 

 

Lions Club of Townsville Barrier Reef

District 201Q2

Appointed May 2018

 

Gay Rebgetz commenced her working life in a Solicitor’s office, but for the last 17 years, she has been a Funeral Celebrant where almost daily she has met, listened to and comforted many grieving people, ranging from very young children to the very elderly. At least two-thirds of the services she presides over are related to non-curable diseases. Gay has been a Lions member for 5 years and has a passion for what they stand for and what they do for the community, and because of her work she has a greater passion for Medical Research. While President of the Castle Hill Lions Club, her project was palliative care, and while this does not offer a cure, at the time, she felt it important to give to those in need. During her first three year in Lions, she was Social Co-ordinator, then President 2016-2017, Zone 6 Chairperson for 2017-2018 and incoming Zone 6 Chairperson for 2018-2019, incoming President of her new club of Townsville Barrier Reef, and Committee member and Co-ordinator of the Remembrance Service for Multiple District Convention 2018 in Townsville. Gay’s other volunteer work has included her involvement with young people and the Women’s Shelter.

 

 “With my work there have been many times when I have visited the hospital to talk to those who sadly are coming to the end of their lives.  I well remember sitting with a Mum and Dad who were waiting by their baby’s cot. Watching them suffer, along with the baby and hearing comments like “if only they had a cure, we would not be here today” still ring in my ears. So being a part of something bigger that helps to find a cure would be a wonderful way to help others.  Not just those who are ill, but the families who are suffering too.”

   RACHEL DAVEY  

 

Lions Club of Cairns Barrier Reef

District 201Q2

Appointed May 2018

 

Rachel has been a Lions member for 15 years, holding many positions at Club, District and Multi District level. She has also been a Lioness for 5 years holding a position on District level.  Rachel has always been involved in the community through different organisations both in Cairns and Weipa, before joining Lions.   She is a retired school administrator but continues to work and is currently managing the accounts for the TPI veterans group and a plumbing firm.  She remains very active in her community and her clubs.

 

“Through the research that Lions Medical Research Foundation provides funding for, we can have faith to believe in a cure, and hope for the future. As an Ambassador, I look forward to promoting the Foundation and its causes.”  

  MAX GEHRING

 

Lions Club of Richmond

District 201Q2

Appointed May 2018

 

Max is currently a member of the Lions Club of Richmond and has been Zone 11 Chairperson since November 2015, finishing in this role in June 2018. Most of his life has been spent in Western Queensland and over the years this has given him a good insight into the problems faced by the people and communities in these areas. Specifically in relation to the need for medical help and assistance (including mental health) faced on a daily basis by people in rural and western Queensland. Max has been Secretary, Lion Tamer and Tail Twister of the Charleville Lions Club, Secretary of the Duaringa Lioness Club, Member of the Cloncurry Lions Club and Charter Secretary of the Hughenden Lions Club before transferring to the Richmond Lions Club.

 

“I am proud to be a Lion and represent the Foundation as an Ambassador supporting the fantastic work they do. I want to contribute in any way I can to support the lifesaving research that LMRF is involved in.”

 

NICOLE PHILLIPS 

 

Apple-MAQ Lions Club

District 201Q1

Appointed June 2018

 

Nicole has been in the IT industry training and conducting technical support for the last 14 years. Nicole has been involved in volunteering since she was 5 years old as her parents have been involved in community work for the disabled and disadvantaged. When her parents joined Lions she became involved in local and overseas aid, palliative care and  supervising work for the dole. Nicole has been a Lion since 2003 and has held positions of Zone Chairperson, LMRPQ Chairperson, District Literacy Chairperson, President, Charter Secretary and Treasurer. Nicole is proud to have been an entrant in the Lions Medical Research Miss Personality Quest to assist in raising awareness of the Foundation and much needed funds.

 

“Without medical research we are unable to find cures to saves lives. I am very proud of all the researchers we have supported over the years. Research conducted touches many people’s lives. I am passionate about promoting our OWN Lions Medical Research Foundation to expose its great work to the wider community. We have a GREAT FOUNDATION, let’s support it.”

Patron: His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland

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