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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.


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 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




Lions Club of Townsville Northern Suburbs
District 201Q2
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 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”.




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”




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”.  




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”.




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”.

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

The QLD & Northern NSW Lions Medical Research Foundation is a Deductible Gift Recipient so your donation will be tax deductible.

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