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Who are Southport Lions? The Club received its Charter in 1962 and, for nearly half
a century, successive generations of Lions members have been raising funds and supporting
local and international causes.
Our Club is made up of around thirty men and women (though there is no limit on numbers!)
with a very wide range of interests. We enjoy being Lions, partly because we have
an active social programme as well as our charitable activities. It is fair to say
that while we take our projects seriously, we take a much more relaxed view of ourselves!
(Especially when selling raffle tickets!)
Our Club is part of a much larger worldwide organisation, so we define who we are
in terms of Zones, and Districts, and so on.
The Lions Clubs of Southport, Crosby, Douglas Valley, Formby, City of Liverpool,
Ormskirk & Maghull, and Upholland Tawd Vale, together form a Zone. In fact we are
Zone G, of District 105BN.
District 105BN is made up of nine Zones comprising fifty eight separate Lions Clubs.
Geographically we are located in the North West of England and the Isle of Man.
District 105BN, together with twelve other Districts, forms Multiple District 105,
which covers the British Isles and Ireland.
Around the World...
Around the world there are 45,000 Lions Clubs, with a grand total of 1.3 million
members. Every member has undertaken to live by the Lions motto: ‘We Serve.’
We aren’t a closed order, or a secret society; we are ordinary people who, acting
together, achieve amazing things. Together, we are the world’s largest service club
Our assistance is delivered around the world through our network of members and through
the Lions Clubs International Foundation which supports Lions humanitarian projects.
Chief among these is Sight First II, the second part of a world-wide project to eliminate
the causes of preventable blindness, and to relieve the distress and poverty which
unnecessary blindness brings in its wake. Watch our video on saving sight in Cameroon,
and see the kind of things we can do.
Saving Sight in Cameroon
Click on the triangle to start the video playing, and on the bottom-right button
to see it full screen.
...and Closer to Home
As a Club we have decided that the funds we raise should be allocated in three ways.
Ten percent goes to projects internationally, usually through Lions channels, but
sometimes, as with the relief for the South East Asian Tsunami, we act directly.
Fifty percent of our efforts go to providing charitable assistance locally, in and
around Southport together with the surrounding village areas. Often, this assistance
goes quietly to individuals with special or desperate needs, and their privacy is
paramount. Forty percent of what we raise goes to local major projects which can
affect the lives and well being of many in our community. Our Chemocare project in
2005 provided more than £30,000 to the refurbishment of the Medical and Oncology
Day Unit at Southport and Formby District General Hospital. Whatever the need and
whatever the project, all the money we raise goes to charitable causes. All the costs
of running the Club are paid for by the members.