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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
• Tranquillity garden at National Rehabilitation Hospital
• 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 200 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 Eamon Teehan, 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 began on Thursday 22 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 tranquillity garden in the grounds of a new 120-bed facility at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH).
Dun Laoghaire Lions commenced a fund-raising appeal in 2017 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
In June 2019 Dun Laoghaire Lions Club will part-fund a holiday for 16 senior citizens at the Lions clubs annual holiday project in Trabolgan Holiday Village

The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney was the accommodation base for the Senior Citizens Holiday Break 2018. The annual five-day holiday break was held in the spring and this year 16 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 14 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.

Lions Clubs Ireland have embraced Type 2 Diabetes Awareness as a Signature Project. The focus of the Lions project is creating awareness of Type 2 diabetes, and how it may be delayed or prevented by changing lifestyle.

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 2018. 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 event.

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 FC Sallynoggin under 13's boys team, supported by Dun Laoghaire Lions Club, lost its semi-final match with Tullamore Town following a penalty shoot out at the end of extra time on Sunday October 7th 2018. Both teams in photo. St Joseph's won the 2016 and 2017competitions. 

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