Dear Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs in Queensland and Northern New South Wales,
Each year, Lions Medical Research Foundation commits to funding 3 researchers, and each year the drive to raise funds continues. As a Lion myself, I know all too well that the pressure on fundraising dollars does not ease, and only grows. Deciding which Lions Foundation to support can present its own challenges.
In recent months, the Foundation’s Board of Directors made the decision to suspend the Lions Medical Research Personality Quest, and since then we have been discussing and planning for a replacement event or program. It is our intention to create new opportunities for 2019, ensuring we deliver this advice in a timely manner.
In the interim, fundraising on other levels must continue and I am pleased to announce that the Board has put their full support behind a new campaign – Foundation500 – that will run in 2018.
Foundation500 will operate across all Clubs from February to August with an appeal to all Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs to contribute a minimum of $500 to support the Foundation.
Through this campaign, we can potentially raise a minimum of $185,000, and while this amount will not meet all needs, it will certainly make a huge difference and ensure we take stronger steps towards long term sustainability.
To help us deliver the important message of this campaign, we have asked our most well-known Lions Medical Research Foundation Fellow, Professor Ian Frazer AC to share his thoughts on why the Foundation needs your support, and how the Foundation assists in transforming careers. Please read his letter here.
We have had our first donation for Foundation500 from the Lions Club of Toowoomba Wilsonton, and we are very grateful for their early support for this campaign. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge those Clubs who already generously support and value the work of the Foundation and its researchers, but we ask that this support reaches further into all corners of the Lions community within the Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4 Districts.
Yours in Lions Service