District 201Q1, Queensland, Australia


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ChangRai Orphanage Thailand

In 2009 a new member of Rochedale-Springwood Lions Club was asked to go to an orphanage in northern Thailand to build a playground for 500 orphans , who are stateless children. Some of these children have no parents while some may have 1 parent. However, they have no documentation of where they are from.

To make this project happen Lion Michael, Lions Lady Carmel and Lion Frankie set out to raise $8000 with the help from Rochedale Springwood Lions. In August 2009 Michael & Craig ( who works for  Michael) left for the hills in ChaingRai to manufacture a playground in 2 weeks. At the same time they also helped to train the young boys with work skills, such as welding, drilling, cutting so that they have a skill to help them gain employment.

During those 2 weeks the group  at the orphanage discussed different ways of helping these kids get a start in life and to help stop slavery. Child slavery in Thailand is very real. Kids are kidnapped and put to work in brothels, factories, drug running and all sorts of illegal activities. We are talking about kids as young as 8 working in the brothels. What choice do they have? None! Corruption is very real and with money you can buy what you want, especially children. A few months ago there were 20 children STOLEN from a school in broad daylight, and no one sees anything. The majority of these kids will end up in a brothel, tortured and broken down to do what they are told.

David and Asa Stevenson who run the orphanage have decided to build a school to stop the kids from being stolen. They are looking for help to make it happen 

At present there is a way of giving some of these children a start in life.

  • What we need to do is start up small farms approx 1½ acre each.
  • First we must install a Thai marker post in all corners.
  • The land must be improved and held over the next 12 months.
  • To do this we need to plant rubber trees, build chook pens, plant other crops that can be harvested and sold.

This will give the kids income, and allow each person to become self sufficient.  These children can apply to the lands dept for ownership of that land. Under Thai law this will hold up in court. It will also give these stateless children an identity, so they can open a bank account, get a license, or even a passport, some of the things that we take for granted. 

In May this year Lion Michael has been asked to go back to do more work on the orphanage playground as well as being involved in planting coffee plantations, rubber trees and building chicken pens for the small farms. To set up each farm will cost approx $1000.    (Lion Michaels goal is to raise $15000 prior to his leaving for ChaingRai in May this year.)

The Rochedale-Springwood Lions Club is supporting this project and if any other club would like to support a farm project or make a donation it would be welcomed.

Rochedale Springwood Lions Club

You can read more on the work Asa & David Stevenson do at


Lions Hearing Dogs



Hearing Dogs have been placed with Deaf and Hearing Impaired people in since 1982.

Deaf and Hearing Impaired people can have special difficulties in everyday life - especially when they want to be independent.

A Hearing Dog can give or restore independence and confidence to a Deaf or Hearing Impaired person.


A Hearing Dog is trained to let its owner know, by touch when ...

the TTY rings ...
the telephone rings ...
the kettle whistles ...
the smoke alarm is triggered ...
the alarm clock sounds ...
the baby cries ...
the doorbell rings
someone knocks at the door ...
the microwave sounds ...
What Sort?
A Hearing Dog is usually a mixed breed dog selected after careful assessment from the animal shelters in Adelaide .

Hearing Dogs are trained in the Adelaide Hills, and only "local dogs" usually saved from the pound are used.  (Your own pet cannot be trained as a Hearing Dog)

A Hearing Dog is identified by its bright orange collar and lead.

A Hearing Dog owner has an identity card with a photo of their dog, and the Hearing Dog logo on it.

This card is proof of the owner´s right to take their dog into public places such as restaurants, theatres, shopping centres and public transport.

Hearing Dogs are trained quite differently from Guide Dogs for Blind People, but they have the same access rights.

Legal Rights
In all States and Territories of Australia there is legislation allowing dogs specially trained for people with hearing and sight impairment to have access to all places open to the public.

Hearing Dogs are also legally entitled to travel on all forms of transport used by the public.

No charge is made to the Recipient for the Hearing Dog.

A Sponsoring Service Club, usually a Lions Club, or a Lioness Club make the funds available for a Hearing Dog to be placed.

About Lions
Lions Hearing Dogs Inc. is a project of the Lions Clubs of Australia and , who support the project with funds raised from the sale of Lions Christmas Cakes, Lions Mints and other special events.

Donations to support the Lions Hearing Dogs Project are always needed, and are welcomed.

All donations over $2 are Tax Deductible.

If you or someone you know might benefit from a Hearing Dog - Please contact us ...

Lions Hearing Dogs Inc.

P.O.Box 164
Hahndorf, SA 5245
Phone: 08 8388 7836
Fax: 08 8388 1299
TTY: 08 8388 1297


The Lions Youth of the Year Quest is a project of
Lions Clubs International of Australia and Papua New Guinea.
The Quest is designed to encourage student interest in leadership and the qualities required to take an active and constructive role in the community. It does this by selecting an outstanding young person from candidates throughout Australia to travel overseas and act as an ambassador for Lions Clubs International Multiple District 201. The international travel is conducted under the auspices of Lions Clubs International.
Students from many nations meet to discuss a wide range of international issues. They also have the opportunity to learn leadership, management and community service skills from groups of professional men and women throughout the world.
The Quest seeks a high level of academic, leadership, sporting, public speaking and citizenship achievement in its potential winners. By emphasising these qualities it hopes to provide outstanding role models for the youth of Australia and an overall increase in the confidence of young men and women.
The Quest is an excellent means of assisting Australia´s youth and promoting the essential role of leadership development and community service organisations in maintaining Australia´s high standard of living.
The Quest process
The main activities involved in the running of Lions Youth of the Year Quest include initial promotion in schools and local communities; judging of candidates; selection and announcement of the national winner; arrangements for the winner´s overseas travel and attendance at an International Youth Camp and other finalists travel throughout Australia.
The Quest begins in June/July and culminates with final judging and the announcement of the winners at the Multiple District Convention, normally held in May.
Levels of judging
Club judging
Zone judging ( in some Districts only )
Regional judging
District judging
State finals
National final
National final
The final judging for the Quest will be held at the Lions Multiple District Convention next May.
The Quest offers an outstanding opportunity for entrants to vie for major prizes including an international tour for the National Lions Youth of the Year Champion and national tours for all State finalists.
All State Champions will win a trip to the National Convention to compete for the title of National Lions Youth of the Year.
In addition the National Lions Youth of the Year Winner is awarded an overseas trip to represent Australia at an International Youth Conference + other countries of choice or undertake a specific overseas study tour.
A separate prize is also awarded to the Public Speaking Winner who receives a Youth Exchange trip to New Zealand.
All National Finalists including the winner from Papua New Guinea will each receive an organised group tour of Australia during the Christmas holidays ( approx. 35 days ) plus $ 500.00 allowance for any out of pocket expenses they incur on the trip around Australia.
Certificates of recognition are awarded at all levels of judging for the overall heat winner and the Public Speaking Section winner.
Any of the trip prizes must be taken within the next financial year (June to July) immediately following the finals.
The Lions Youth of the Year Quest is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth, at the age when they are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education, and provides students with the incentive to pay greater attention to the general qualities, so vital in developing our youths into first class citizens. The qualities sought, apart from academic attainments are those of leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship.
The students meet in fellowship and have the opportunity of open discussion, exchange of ideas and meet professional people of a community service Club organisation.
Will be open to
The Quest year will be the Lions year (1st July to 30th June) and the Quest will be open to:-
(A) Youths who are attending or have attended a high school or secondary school or equivalent standard of school in any other educational establishment, including correspondence school, in the Lions year in which the National Final is to be conducted, must be under 19 years of age at June 30th, in that year.
(B) Students under 16 years of age at December 31st, in that year must be in their final year of schooling.
Note - Students of Colleges of Advanced Education, and equivalent instructions are eligible to participate in the Quest if undertaking secondary studies.

Other than the above all other conditions governing participation apply.
It is mandatory that entrants cannot compete at more than one Club level judging in any one Quest year.

A Quest for secondary school students and young people about to join the workforce.
Do you seek to gain experience in:
Personal Improvement
Community Involvement
Public Speaking
If you do and are aged between 16 and 19 years of age ( up to 21 years in Papua New Guinea ) enter the Lions Youth of the Year Quest and allow Lions to help you gain experience. Awards are made at all levels of judging. The main prizes are an overseas trip for the National winner, and a around Australia tour for each State winner, plus $ 500.00 allowance for any out of pocket expenses they incur on the trip around Australia.
The Lions Youth of the Year Quest is aimed at all young people who seek to improve their skills before entering the workforce or other endeavours.

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