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November 2011

Lions are let loose in the City of London

The Lord Mayor Alderman David Wooton acknowledges the crowd as the procession files along the Embankment.Following months of planning, Lions from District 105D together with Leos from Districts 105A, 105EA and 105SE were let loose around the streets of London for the Lord Mayors Show on the 2nd Saturday in November.

Altogether 60 Lions and Leos from clubs in and around London participated to welcome in the new Lord Mayor of London Alderman David Wooton in a prestigious parade of military, civic, commercial and voluntary organisations.

Lions from the 4 Districts in and around London line up for a photograph before the start of the Lord Mayors Show.Hundreds of thousands of people lined the route, 10 deep in places, to cheer and encourage all who took part throughout the 3 mile route. This magnificent spectacle with its 800 year history comprised of over 6,000 participants including 1,200 children, 20 marching bands, 500 animals, and 43 charity organisations.

As an added bonus the iconic Globe Balloon with the Lions contingent was clearly visible near past Olympians being interviewed outside the Mansion House during the live BBC1 coverage of the event.

 

 

 

Lions from Reading and Burnham Clubs

Roary the Lion can can before the procession

Lions from Reading and Burnham Clubs

Roary the Lion can-can before the procession

Lions start the 3 mile procession at the Lord Mayors Show The Lions float processes along the Embankment during the second half of the Lord Mayors Show

Lions start the 3 mile procession at the Lord Mayors Show

The Lions float processes along the Embankment during the second half of the Lord Mayors Show

 



October 2011

Fleet Lions

Fleet Lions Hype Disco is featured on the home page of the Lions Clubs International website. Watch the video here!


August 2011

Salisbury Lions

Salisbury Lions club have a new website designed by Lion Ben Bullard. Visit the website at www.salisburylions.org.uk


June 2011

Paultons Park 2011

2101 smiley faces went through the turnstiles and the very smiley faces were under 1 metre high!

36 clubs took part and raised nearly 20,000 to make this day happen - Well Done!

18 coaches and 20 minibuses.

Goodness knows how many cars.

Sunshine, wind and a couple of showers.

Lots of 'thank you' letters.


Lions John and Anita

Next year will be 21 years of District D providing a wonderful day out at Paultons Park - how many more can we send?


May 2011

Photographs of the Japanese tsunami - download pdf


March 2011

LIONS CLUBS RELIEF AID TO JAPAN - Update

Members of the 870 Lions Clubs in the British Isles and Ireland quickly responded to the multiple disaster situations in Japan following the earthquake, tsunami and later nuclear incidents. Together with members of the 42,000 Lions Clubs worldwide over US$6 million (3.75m) has already been donated and made available for the immediate and longer term relief.
 
To distribute the aid effectively, the 100,000 members of Lions Clubs in Japan quickly set up four Lions relief aid warehouses in affected areas. Lions are coordinating relief aid distribution with local government officials and with the Japanese Red Cross. As a result, Lions are helping coordinate blood donation campaigns within Japan.

With some roads re-opened, Lions from all over Japan are sending relief aid from every corner of the country as well coordinating the provision of essential provisions from across the world including rice, baby formula, women's health products and our blue Lions relief tents that are being delivered to give shelter for Lions volunteers and other relief workers in the hardest-hit areas.  Within a day of the disaster, many Lions Clubs distributed over 20 tons of food as well as water and emergency supplies, despite great risks and challenges to themselves.
 
There are 31 Lions clubs in Sendai - the largest city affected by the quake and a Club in virtually every town up and down the coastline.  Whether it's clothes and food today, or shelter next week, or a wheel chair the week after, Lions will be there to give dignity to those who have suffered such unimaginable pain and suffering.
 

Bill Blake
for Lions Disaster Relief Committee
British Isles and Ireland


LIONS CLUBS RELIEF AID TO JAPAN - Update

Members of the 870 Lions Clubs in the British Isles and Ireland quickly responded to the multiple disaster situations in Japan following the earthquake, tsunami and later nuclear incidents. Together with members of the 42,000 Lions Clubs worldwide over US$6 million has already been donated and made available for the immediate and longer term relief.
 
To distribute the aid effectively, the 100,000 members of Lions Clubs in Japan quickly set up four Lions relief aid warehouses in affected areas. Lions are coordinating relief aid distribution with local government officials and with the Japanese Red Cross.  As a result, Lions are helping coordinate blood donation campaigns within Japan.

With some roads re-opened, Lions from all over Japan are sending relief aid from every corner of the country as well coordinating the provision of essential provisions from across the world including rice,  baby formula, women's health products and  our blue Lions relief tents that are being delivered to give shelter for Lions volunteers and other relief workers in the hardest-hit areas.  Within a day of the disaster, many Lions Clubs distributed over 20 tons of food as well as water and emergency supplies, despite great risks and challenges to themselves.
 
There are 31 Lions clubs in Sendai  - the largest city affected by the quake and a Club in virtually every town up and down the coastline.  Whether it's clothes and food today, or shelter next week, or a wheel chair the week after, Lions will be there to give dignity to those who have suffered such unimaginable pain and
suffering.

Historically, the Lions of Japan have been the first to respond following a disaster but now they need our help.

Donations from individuals are wlcome to your local Lions Club.  Clubs should forward donations through the District Treasurer to LCIF via the LCI MD105 Appeal Fund.

For regular updates on this disaster, please see visit the LCIF website at  www.lionsclubs.org/EN/lci-foundation/disaster-relief

Further information regarding earthquakes


New Zealand Earthquake - update

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred 3 miles south-east of Christchurch, New Zealand at 12:51 on Tuesday the 22nd of February 2011.

The number of confirmed dead is unchanged at 154 but police expect that number to rise. 

Approximately 240 people are reported as missing or dead in the worst damaged sites in the city.

Of the 200 homes evacuated in Sumner all but 20 have been able to be reoccupied.

Sixty-six per cent of water is back on across Christchurch.

Please see Christchurch Informer newsletter for more information.

Lion Mike Cameron
Lions Alert Chairman
MD202, New Zealand


February 2011

New Zealand Earthquake

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred 3 miles south-east of Christchurch, New Zealand at 12:51 on Tuesday the 22nd of February 2011. The National Crisis Management Centre has been activated and a National State of Emergency has been declared (www.beehive.govt.nz).

Considerable damage has been reported in the Christchurch Central Business District and in Lyttelton. There is a cordon around the central business district. Damage assessment is ongoing and over time, will present a better understanding of the extent of damage. Rescue work is likely to take days to complete.

A large number of people have been pulled alive from collapsed buildings. Priorities for the response remain the support of the urban search and rescue operation, the treatment and care of injured or affected individuals, and the coordination of national resources in support of the local response.

Resources are being deployed from around the country and from overseas to provide support to the Canterbury response. An 'air bridge' has been established between Christchurch and Wellington.

Damage assessment is ongoing and over time will provide a better understanding of the extent of damage.

To minimise loading on the telecommunications network, people should use text messaging to check if friends and family are safe.

There are reports of widespread building collapse (especially in the central city).
Police have recovered 71 fatalities and they expect this figure to rise. 900 people registered at welfare centres. People continue to present at hospitals, triage centres and medical establishments and confirmed numbers of injured are not available at this time.

Aftershocks

As at 0400 24 February, there have been more than 40+ aftershocks greater than magnitude 4 and three aftershocks above magnitude 5. GNS Science advises that there may be more magnitude 5 or greater aftershocks in the next few days. Aftershocks are expected to continue and this could lead to further building damage or collapse, as well as continued disruption to power, telecommunications and essential services.

For local Christchurch information (including welfare centres and water) see: http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/

More information will be provided, when available...

Lion Mike Cameron
Lions Alert Chairman
MD202, New Zealand

Further information regarding earthquakes


January 2011

Australian floods

An email to our Council Chairman from an Australian club:

Hello Council Chairman Jacquie.

Thank you for your earlier email regarding the Queensland floods. Since your email, there has been some additional flooding in Brisbane and Toowoomba (both in Qld) with loss of life. Unfortunately, this flood water has now gone into New South Wales with additional flooding in Victoria and parts of Western Australia who have also been battling bush fires.

I have never seen such destruction from floods and over such a large area. The area that has flooded in Queensland is bigger than France and Germany with 75% of Queensland declared a disaster area. Some towns have had to be evacuated twice over 2 or 3 weeks due to return flooding.

Most of the water in Queensland has since gone down and the heartache cleanup now begins. It will take this State and country some years to rebuild. Towns and farming communities have been destroyed.

There are a number of flood appeals in place. Each District in Queensland is raising funds and there is a national appeal via Australian Lions Foundation (ALF). I understand that LCIF has also started a world appeal.

Once again, thank you for your thoughts and concerns. We will get on top of this but it will take time.

Regards,
DGE John Lindsay
Yeppoon Lions Club Inc.
MD 201 Q4

http://lions.yeppoon.com/


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