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What we do
Dun Laoghaire Lions Club is actively involved in supporting many worthwhile activities, locally, nationally and internationally.
Fundraising activities, which the Club is involved in, include:

• Annual door-to-door collection
• Christmas food appeal
• Raffle
• Relay for Life (Irish Cancer Society)

Important services to the local community include:
• Provision of 500 food hampers to needy families at Christmas
• Provision of 100 toy hampers to needy families at Christmas
• Diabetic screening
• Senior citizens party
• Senior citizens holiday
• Message in a Bottle

Door-to-door Christmas Collection

Annual door-to-door collections in the Dun Laoghaire area have raised an estimated €250,000 in the past 20 years. The generous support of citizens makes it possible for the Dun Laoghaire Lions Club to provide more than 500 food hampers and 200 toy hampers to needy families and old folk at Christmas time.

"Every cent that we receive goes direct to good causes. Running costs are funded by members," says Breda O'Brien, President of the Club.
Christmas Food Appeal

Dun Laoghaire Lions Club holds an annual Christmas Food Appeal at Bloomfields Shopping Centre. This year’s appeal begins on Thursday 26 November and runs for four consecutive weekends (Thursday to Saturday inclusive, 10am to 6pm).

All the food donated and purchased is distributed to needy families (see Door-to-door Collection, above).

The Club is grateful to Emma Olson, manager of Bloomfields, for permission to locate the appeal at the shopping centre.

National Rehabilitation Hospital
The centenary of Lions Clubs International project of Dun Laoghaire Lions Club is to fund the construction of a tranquility garden in the grounds of a new 120-bed facility at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH).
Dun Laoghaire Lions will commence a fund-raising appeal in the autumn targetted at businesses and sports clubs in the local community.
The Lions club provides volunteers for events at the hospital. The most recent is the annual summer music fortnight in June which provides entertainment for patients and their families.
Dun Laoghaire Lions Club supports a bed-push fundraiser for the National Rehabilitation Hospital in south county Dublin

Message in a Bottle
Message in a Bottle is a service to provide citizens with a simple means to store their medical information in an easily identifiable location in their homes. In the event of a medical incident requiring the attendance of emergency services, all relevant medical and other details are immediately available.

Dun Laoghaire Lions Club brought Message in a Bottle to Ireland in 2009. Subsequently, the service became available from Lions Clubs throughout Ireland.

In the Dun Laoghaire area, Message in a Bottle packs are available from the Lions Club and Community Gardai based in local Garda stations.

How does the scheme work?

The pack consists of a highly identifiable plastic container, a personal information form and three self adhesive green crosses.
• Complete the form and place it in the container
• Place the container on the shelf inside the fridge
• Apply one green cross onto the inside of the front door, and easily visable
• Apply one green cross onto the inside of your back door, and easily visable
• Apply the third green cross onto the outside of the fridge door.

Senior Citizens Holiday

The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney was the accommodation base for the Senior Citizens Holiday Break 2015 organised and part-funded by Dun Laoghaire Lions Club.

The annual five-day holiday break is held in the spring and this year 12 senior citizens enjoyed a visit to Killarney which included a jaunting car tour to the famous lakes, a coach tour of the Ring of Kerry and evening entertainment.

Photo: senior citizens in jaunting car

Joe’s Party

Dun Laoghaire Lions Club has been hosting an annual senior citizens party for 12 years. It was first held in Smyths Pub, moved to The Motor Yacht Club, and now is hosted in The Graduate.

It was called the Senior Citizens Party but in 2013, following the untimely death of Lion Joe Pankhurst, it was named Joe’s Party in honour of his huge input to event.

Joe’s Party is not exclusively restricted to senior citizens. People living in isolation with little social contact and those with mental or physical challenges are also invited.

Diabetes Screening

The total number of people living with diabetes in Ireland is estimated to be more than 225,000.

Diabetes screening tests are a good preventative method for catching the development of diabetes at an early stage. People can be diabetic without symptoms for up to five years.

Dun Laoghaire Lions Club in conjunction with St Michael’s Hospital Diabetic Centre organises an annual screening day at Bloomfields Shopping Centre. This year 156 people were screened and five were referred to their GP for further examination.

Relay for Life

Relay For Life – a 24-hour community celebration to honour all those affected by cancer – was held in Blackrock Park in July 2014 and July 2015. As well as raising funds to support the work of the Irish Cancer Society, the event was designed to increase cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community in the fight against cancer.

At the invitation of the Irish Cancer Society, members of the Dun Laoghaire Lions Club played a major role in the organisation of the two events.

A significant part of the event is the Candle of Hope ceremony. Candle of Hope bags are sold in the months leading up to the Relay. At dusk, close to one thousand candle bags are placed around the lake in Blackrock Park to remember those from our community lost to cancer and to inspire those still undergoing treatment.

Photo: lit candles around the lake in Blackrock Park
St Joseph's AFC Sallynoggin

The Lions Clubs of Ireland organise an annual All-Ireland underage soccer competition. St Joseph’s AFC Sallynoggin under 12’s boys team (see photo), supported by Dun Laoghaire Lions Club, reached the final in 2015 following a 7-4 win in the semi-final against Castlebar Celtic. Unfortunately, the team lost to Cork College Corinthians in the final.
Dun Laoghaire Lions Raffle

Dun Laoghaire community is generous in its support of the Dun Laoghaire Lions annual raffle. The proceeds assist the work of local charities.

The prizes are donated by local businesses who answer our call for their support. Tickets are sold in the spring and early summer with the draw taking place in July.

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