At a recent meeting, the Board of Directors of Lions Medical Research Foundation voted, by majority, to suspend the 2017-2018 Lions Medical Research Personality Quest.
The Quest has been the most significant event on the Foundation’s fundraising program since 1969 when it was first introduced to the Lions Clubs of Queensland and Northern New South Wales, the constituent members of Lions Medical Research Foundation.
Many entrants and many clubs have contributed many millions of dollars over the last 47 years, allowing the Foundation to support early career medical researchers. While the Foundation remains committed to working with the Lions community, patrons and supporters, and the medical community to fund ongoing research, viable means of securing that funding remain the primary concern.
In its prime, the Quest secured over 80 entrants in a single year raising hundreds of thousands of dollars, but in 2017, the Quest secured only 11 entrants. The current Quest has received confirmation and payment from 3 Clubs, with some additional interest.
This has been an undeniable trend in recent years and one that can no longer be ignored. As a consequence, the Board of Directors has made the decision to suspend this current Quest, while a full review of current fundraising programs is undertaken. As part of this process, the Foundation will be engaging with Lions Clubs across all Districts in Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
Chairman Allan Turner on behalf of the board confirmed the suspension is in effect immediately. “This decision has not been made lightly and the future of the Quest has been on the agenda for many months. Given declining support from Clubs, reduced number of entrants, and diminished fundraising targets, this decision supports a long term view of where the Foundation needs to head in terms of its fundraising agenda”
Lesley Lyons, Personality Quest Committee Chair said “it is with a heavy heart that this decision has been made. Despite a long and proud history, the Quest simply does not attract the same level of interest from our Clubs or entrants, and without this support the Quest is not sustainable in its current format”
The Board of Directors sincerely thanks the numerous people and Clubs who have proudly, affectionately and steadfastly supported the Quest since 1969. They respect the origins of this program, its history and the enormous contribution it has made to Lions Medical Research Foundation.