Join Lions and help others

Corio Norlane Lions Club members are serving their community through a range of successful programs. And the club is always looking for new members and volunteers.

Secretary Richard Walter said: “We still run our bike program in which we obtain secondhand bicycles, clean them, repair them, paint them and then give them away. So far, we have provided more than 650 bicycles to children. John McKinnin started this and has received enormous satisfaction and enjoyment, but he needs volunteers to help support the program.”

The club’s breakfast program at Northern Bay College’s Goldsworthy Road campus is going strong under the supervision of Zelma Rowbottom, but needs more volunteers to be able to continue.

“This year we are continuing The Road Home project, collecting winter items and hygiene products to support those experiencing homelessness. We are talking with potential ambassadors for the project and will be running events that community members can support,” Richard said.

“Our computer program is off and running again, with requests coming in from schools around Geelong.  We have donated more than 350 computers to needy families. And our barbecues at ALDI Corio are held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month to raise money to support our breakfast program, so please come along and have a sausage.”

The Lions Golden Opportunity Community Shop runs at 55 Alkira Avenue in Norlane, where cheap items are available for purchase. Other events supported by the club include:  North Shore Football Club gates,

An annual Trivia Night, Ironman Triathlon, Geelong Show Car Parking, Northern Carols by Candlelight and a Peace Poster competition.

For more information about the club, email coriolions@gmail.com or phone 0490-032-063.

Help for homeless

The Lions Club of Corio Norlane is supporting a program aimed at raising awareness of homelessness, while at the same time supporting people experiencing homelessness in the community.

The Lions club has joined the Barwon South West Homeless Network, which is running a Homeless Awareness Campaign until October.

The Road Home aims to raise awareness about homelessness. It is also offering practical help by collecting items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, sunscreen, hair brushes, wet wipes, tissues, socks and underwear, female hygiene items, bedding and linen.

On any given night, more than 105,000 Australians are experiencing homelessness, of these almost 45 per cent are under 25 years of age.

Issues facing these vulnerable people include no secure place to call home, personal security, obtaining and storing food, hygiene issues, loss of relationships, limited access to education, banking and communication devices. They are also more likely to suffer chronic illnesses and mental health issues.

Lions Club of Corio Norlane Secretary Richard Walter said: “It is up to all of us as a society to change this situation. We will be holding events during the year.

“You can support this campaign in many ways, please try one:

  • Organising a sleep out in the park, in your car, on your couch or in the office.
  • Collecting money (a collection tin can be provided).
  • Collecting hygiene items, bedding and linen (a bin can be provided).
  • Get local community, friends and neighbours involved.
  • Five-day Food Challenge.
  • An Awareness Dinner.

You can contact us on theroadhome20@gmail.com or through the website at www.theroadhome.net.au where you can find links information that you can use.”