The Foundation requires continuous financial support to sustain its mission, and partnerships are the key to all fundraising undertaken. Lions Clubs across Queensland and Northern New South Wales are vital to our success and we aim to work in partnership with these Clubs at all times. Many clubs work closely with the Foundation providing support through regular fundraising activity in their districts, or by contributing to annual appeals, such as Spring for Research.
The Foundation also forms external partnerships with a range of companies and individuals who can assist with fundraising. The Royal on the Park is one such example. The hotel is not only the venue for the Personality Quest Grand Final each year, but also supports the Foundation through donation boxes placed around the hotel and via sales of the Albert and Alice Teddy Bears. Whenever the Foundation is supported, strong partnerships are at its core. We thank all our supporters and partners who have worked with us throughout 2017.
The major fundraiser for the Foundation has been the Lions Medical Research Personality Quest. The Personality Quest has a proud 50 year history of women, and their sponsoring Lions Club, committed to raising funds within their communities to assist the Foundation to fund early career medical researchers. In 2017, the history will change significantly with the Quest accepting male entrants for the very first time. Society continues to evolve and change – so must the Quest.
The Quest enjoys support from a wide variety of clubs, corporate entities and individuals, and fundraising continues year-round.
There are many other ways to assist the Foundation such as fashion parades, sausage sizzles or movie nights. Organising your own fundraiser is not only a lot of fun, but it’s a great way to work in the community and of course it’s extremely rewarding. If you’re passionate about raising money for medical research, then we’d love to hear from you.