Projects & Fundraisers
Comedy For A Cause was established in January 2013, by Mathew Wakefield, in the hope of assisting not for profit organisations fundraise in an efficient and entertaining manner. The idea came about during Mat’s time at 40K Foundation, where he was a volunteer events manager from 2009-2010. In organising a comedy night for them, he quickly realised that given his expertise in comedy, these events could be extremely successful. Since its inception, Comedy For A Cause has grown at an astonishing rate, hosting hundreds of shows for a huge variety of ‘Causes’ and helped raise over $1,000,000. Given the exceptional calibre of our comedians and our dedication to providing the highest quality service, this growth trajectory isn’t showing signs of slowing any time soon. Kiama Lions has hosted Comedy for a Cause each year for the last 3 years and we look forward to holding it again next year, with
Background: The Lions Club of Kiama Inc. Cancer Care Trust was set up as a fund by the Board of our club in 1994. A committee was formed to advise the board on a practical way such a fund could be utilised to help citizens of the Kiama Municipality with cancer or their Carers. Following their report, the original Trustees were appointed with Past President Gerry McInerney as Chair. A decision was made to restrict assistance to those areas where government or non-government assistance was unavailable, those that fell “between the cracks”, so to speak. Claiming Assistance: Referrals for assistance would normally come from palliative care doctors and nurses, general practitioners, community nurses and community pharmacists. In accordance with the Governing Document only citizens of the Municipality of Kiama who are cancer patients or carers of same will be considered. Friends and neighbours who believe they know of someone they
Xmas would not be the same without a Lions Xmas cake and pudding. They are of top quality and value. This is always a great fund raiser for the club and we greatly appreciate the businesses who display them for sale. These include: Amaki Café, Amcal Chemist, Angels Hair, Blooms Chemist, Commonwealth Bank, IMB, Kiama Medical Centre, Kiama Pharmacy, Kiama Vets, NAB, Stone Wall Café and Westpac Bank The Lions Christmas Cake and Pudding program has been a major fund-raising project of Lions Australia since 1965 and raised more than $56 million. The proceeds from this project are donated back into the community on great causes including Blindness Prevention and Vision improvement projects, Medical Research, Children’s Mobility Foundation, Eye Health Program, Hearing Dogs, Disaster Relief, Aged Care, Drug Awareness, Youth Programs.
This has become an important fundraising activity for our Lions Club. This activity involves a team of Lions members collecting bottles and cans from businesses and other locations, sorting them, taking them to the return and earn station and processing them for a refund. The new trailer, sponsored by Convoy for kids, has become invaluable for this operation. It is a lot of work for the dedicated team but the funds raised are very welcome and 100% of them are used for community support projects, including for children. Home – Return and Earn NSW
During school holiday times our Lions members and volunteers open the kiosk at the Nungarry rest area on the Princes Highway at Dunmore and provide refreshments for travellers breaking their journey. This is community service at the most basic and important level. It is a very rewarding activity and we get to interact with so many interesting travellers. Stop Revive Survive – Fatigue – Staying safe – NSW Centre for Road Safety
The Lions Cottage, a beautiful retreat in Kiama NSW. The Lions Cottage, in Shoalhaven Street opposite Kiama Bowling Club, is an exciting project allowing local Lions clubs to mark the Centenary of Lions International. This has been a combined effort by members of Kiama, Gerringong, and Minnamurra Lions clubs It is a joint Centenary of Lions project of Lions Clubs in Kiama, Gerringong and Minnamurra who have taken a Council owned house, that hadn’t been lived in for 30 years, and rebuilt it into a relaxing retreat for carers who are seeking a break to recharge. The location, close to the main street, Surf beach and opposite the Bowling Club is perfect for a little quiet recuperation yet an easy walk to cafes, shops, the harbour, beaches and parks. The project was completed using all local funding, donations and labour. A big deal in the Lions world that a project of this magnitude didn’t need