The Lions Club of
Berowra

Over our long history, this club has been involved in a multitude of projects across the region,
both small and large, some one-off and some ongoing.
Below is a small selection of some of the projects in which the Lions Club of Berowra is currently involved.

Major Projects

Connecting our Community

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Lions Club of Berowra has established the Connecting our Community Project. This seeks to link those in need with those who are willing and able to assist. For details on how you can get involved, see the Connecting our Community Project page.

Warrina Street Oval Exercise Equipment Project

Providing exercise facilities out in the community for all to use has long been an ambition of the Berowra Lions Club. Following a successful Commonwealth Government grant submission, and combining with our other community service clubs - Apex and Rotary - this ambition is now a reality.

In what is a $30,000 project, stage one sees two exercise pods installed, offering a variety of equipment. They are located in the north-eastern and north-western corners of the oval. The installation was completed by in June 2020 and officially opened by Federal Member for Berowra, Julian Leeser, on Saturday June 20. Further pods may be installed as additional funds become available.

Current & Ongoing Projects

Youth of the Year

Promoting the youth of our area is a major initiative of the Lions Club of Berowra. We have so many talented young people and the Lions Youth of the Year Program provides the opportunity to showcase some of them.

The program is aimed at young people - generally from Year 11 - who seek to improve their skills before entering the workforce or other endeavours. The program aims to encourage, foster and develop leadership and the qualities required to take an active and constructive role in the community in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth.

The Lions Youth of the Year program will be an annual event organised and held by our club.

ANZAC Day Wreath Laying

Every year, the Lions Club of Berowra joins many other community members on ANZAC Day in remembering those who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.

While this year will be a very different ANZAC day, with no official remembrance services being held, Berowra Lions will attend the Cenotaph and Memorial Wall at the Community Centre to lay a wreath on behalf of the Berowra RSL Sub-Branch.

Lions Eye Health Program

Did you know that 1 in 5 children in Australia has an undetected vision problem?

Our club is looking to help detect and - better still - prevent this major problem. Most children will accept vision problems and adapt to their poor vision. They rarely complain as they believe everyone sees the world like they do. Poor clarity or an imbalance in the coordination of the eyes can impact a child's development. More than 411,000 children in Australia have a long-term eye disorder. Most of these are long- and short-sightedness.

All children should have a full eye examination before starting school, then regularly as they progress through primary and secondary school. This program allows that to take place.

Story Dogs

At the Lions Club of Berowra, we believe that no child should be left behind in literacy. That's why we are proud to support the Story Dogs program.

The Story Dogs program pairs up children with reading difficulties with a trained dog and their handler. The accepting, loving nature of dogs gives this program its magic and helps children relax, open up, try harder and have fun while reading to a friendly, calm dog. Our club is proud to support this program and currently sponsors two handler-dog teams - Berowra Pubic School has 'Doug' and Deborah, and Mt Colah Public School has 'Pepper' and Paula.

Junior Public Speaking

The Youth of the Year program (mentioned above) caters for senior students and we felt that a similar program should be available for our junior students.

The Lions Club of Berowra is proud to announce that we will be the first Lions Club in NSW to provide this exciting program - the Lions Junior Public Speaking Competition. The aim of the program is to give students in Primary Schools the chance to develop their ability to speak in public. This competition is run for primary students in Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6. More details to follow.

Peace Poster Project

For over thirty years, Lions clubs around the globe have been sponsoring a very special art contest in schools and youth groups. Creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. The Peace Essay Contest was created to provide an opportunity for visually impaired young people to express their feelings of peace. The Lions Club of Berowra has this year joined our global sister clubs and will be working with our local schools to introduce this amazing program.

Spectacle and Hearing Aid Recycling

Did you know that your old glasses and hearing aids can be reused and recycled?

The Bendigo Bank at Berowra Heights currently has a collection box where you can leave your old glasses and hearing aids to be reworked and repurposed. Please help us help others, by dropping your old glasses and hearing aids into the box at the Bendigo Bank, or the one at David Hendry Optometrists.

Thank You Poster Project

There are so many people to thank at the moment - from our Rural Fire Fighters who worked valiantly at the beginning of the year to our health care workers who are doing amazing work during this current pandemic crisis. From our veterans who fought so bravely on our behalf to provide us the life we enjoy to the general community for staying at home.

What we would like is for everyone to say Thank You to anyone who needs our thanks. This project allows you to do that. Simply download the Thank You poster from our website or pick up a copy from Bendigo Bank, Bakers Delight in Berowra or Mt Ku-Ring-Gai butchers. Colour it in as best you can, and place it outside the front of your home - in a window, or on the front fence. All we want you to do is to say thank you to whoever you want.

Berowra Park Signage

Located on the corner of The Gully Road and Berowra Waters Road, Berowra Park - also known as "Fire Station Park" to some - had for many years, been a project of the Lions Club of Berowra. A sign displaying the park name as well as recognising the support of our club and a member most instrumental in its establishment - Vince Collins - was in place. Following much needed improvement works by Hornsby Shire Council some years ago, the sign was removed and has never been replaced.

However, the good news is that - following many years of discussion - the sign was replaced and the appropriate recognition placed on show for all to see as of May 8, 2020.

Berowra Water Tank Mural Project

This is another possible combined project between Berowra's three primary service clubs - Lions, Rotary and Apex. We are looking at beautifying the Sydney Water Tower on Berowra Waters Road with an art mural. At this stage, the exact design of the mural has not been finalised, however we are thinking of holding a community competition to determine what that might be. Currently we are in discussions with Sydney Water seeking approval to allow us to proceed with this project.

Permanent Project

The Berowra District Hall

Maintained and managed by The Lions Club of Berowra on behalf of Hornsby Shire Council, this restored heritage hall provides a great venue for parties, functions, classes, theatre, etc.

The hall capacity is 200 and is equipped with 10 tables (seating about 8 comfortably) and 100 chairs. A newly renovated kitchen (with electric wall oven, bench-mounted stove with four hotplates, microwave oven, double sink and hot water service) is available. Cutlery and crockery is not provided.

The hall can be booked for any occasion by visiting the Berowra District Hall website and clicking on your requested date to make a booking. Or you can contact the Booking Officer by email at bookings@berowradistricthall.com.au or by phone on 0416 742 175 during business hours.

Read more about the Hall at www.berowradistricthall.com.au

Regular Projects

Our Famous Sausage Sizzles

We hold monthly Sausage Sizzles in Berowra Village Shopping Centre Car Park (and elsewhere, such as Bunnings Thornleigh) to raise money for various appeals and organisations.

Monthly Dinner Meetings

Under normal circumstances, our club members meet on the third Thursday of each month at Café Laurella, which opens especially to accommodate us. We often have guest speakers and, by arrangement, members of the public are also welcome to attend.

At present of course, these meetings are not occurring - instead the club is meeting using video conferencing platform Zoom.

Once things return to normal, please free to contact us if you would like to attend one of our dinner meetings.

Other Projects

Here are some of the charities and organisations we have helped to date:
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  • Abbotsleigh School
  • Aboriginal Domestic Violence
  • ADRA Australia OHI
  • AirMet Scientific SmokerLyzer
  • Alzheimers Australian NSW
  • Anaphylaxis Australia
  • Angel Flight
  • Asquith Boys' High School
  • Asquith Girls' High School
  • Assist Dogs NSW
  • Asthma Foundation NSW
  • Aussie Helpers Farm Aid
  • Australian Huntington's Disease Association (NSW) Inc
  • Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation
  • Australian Lions Children's Mobility Foundation
  • Australian Lions Cord Blood Appeal
  • Australian Lions Diabeties Foundation
  • Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation (ALDAF)
  • Australian Lions Foundation
  • Australian Support Dogs Incorporated (ASDOG)
  • Autism Community Network (ACN),
  • Bandaged Bear Appeal
  • Battle of Bands
  • Berowra Christmas Night Market
  • Berowra Community Christian School
  • Berowra Community Health Centre
  • Berowra District Hall
  • Berowra Garden Club
  • Berowra Girl Guides
  • Berowra History Group
  • Berowra Musical Society Inc
  • Berowra Netball Club
  • Berowra Pre School P&C
  • Berowra Public School
  • Berowra Recreational Facility Project
  • Berowra RSL Sub-Branch
  • Berowra RSL Youth club
  • Berowra RSL Youth Club Band
  • Berowra RSL Youth Club Swimming Club
  • Berowra Scout Group
  • Berowra Toastmasters
  • Berowra Toy Library
  • Berowra Ukelele Group
  • Beyond Blue - The National Depression Initiative
  • Books in Homes Australia
  • Boomerang Bags
  • Brain Injury Association of NSW Inc
  • Breast Cancer Appeal
  • Brooklyn Community Health Centre
  • Burrumbuttock Hay Runners
  • Buy A Bale
  • Can Assist
  • CanTeen
  • Cape York Institute
  • Cherrybrook Tech High School
  • City2Surf
  • Clark Road Special School
  • CoastTrek Fred Hollows Foundation
  • Cowan Public School
  • Creative Berowra
  • Cycle For Sight
  • Cystic Fibrosis Australia
  • Daniel Morcombe Foundation Inc
  • Devil Ark
  • Diabetes Australia
  • Doggie Rescue
  • Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Unit - Hornsby Kuring-gai Hospital
  • Education Builds Bridges
  • First National Real Estate
  • Foster Parents Support Network (Inc) NSW
  • Friends of Cancer Research
  • Friends of Chalhuanca
  • Garvan Institute
  • HADCEA
  • Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
  • Hawkesbury River Rescue
  • Heart Kids
  • Hornsby Berowra Mens Shed
  • Hornsby Chamber of Commerce
  • Hornsby Connect
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai PCYC
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Relay For Life
  • Hornsby Kuring-gai Health Service
  • Hornsby Kuring-gai Hospital
  • Hornsby Kuring-gai Women's Shelter (HKWS)
  • Hornsby Lions Club
  • Hornsby Meals on Wheels
  • Hornsby Playgroup Young Mothers Group
  • Hornsby Rockets Ten Pin Bowling Team
  • Hornsby Shire Council
  • Hornsby Shire Council - Berowra Branch Library
  • Inala
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Kidney Health Aust
  • Kuring gai College of Irish Dancing
  • Kuring gai Neighbourhood Centre
  • Kuring-gai Lions Club
  • Legacy
  • Lifeline Hornsby
  • Lions 201N5
  • Lions Club Mt Druitt Deaf Camp
  • Lions Club of Toronto
  • Lions Club Scone
  • Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
  • Lions Cord Blood Appeal
  • Lions District 201N4 Drought Appeal
  • Lions District 201N5 Disaster Relief Fund
  • Lions District 201Q4
  • Lions Drug Awareness
  • Lions Eye Health Programme
  • Lions Follow Your Dream Foundation
  • Lions Hearing Dogs
  • Lions International Campaign SightFirst II
  • Lions NSW ACT Save Sight Foundation Lions Clubs NSW Public Health Care Foundation
  • Lions NSW Eye Bank
  • Lions Recycle for Sight Australia
  • Lions Spinal Cord Fellowship
  • Lugarno Lions Club ASD project
  • Macquarie Lions Bathurst
  • Make-A-Wish Australia
  • McGrath Foundation
  • Million Dollar Run
  • Movember Prostate Cancer Appeal
  • MS Australia
  • Mt Colah/Mt Kuring-gai Scout Group
  • Mt Kuring-gai Public School
  • Mundowie Music Festival
  • NALAG
  • Nathan Tilbury's book
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Need For Feed
  • Normanhurst Boys' High School
  • Normanhurst West PS Early Intervention Program
  • Northern Sydney Local Health Service
  • NRMA Care Flight
  • One Girl Australia
  • Oxfam
  • Paige Adams Appeal
  • Parkinsons (NSW) Inc.
  • PAWS for Diabetes
  • Puff - The Tragic Wagon
  • Red Cross
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Rotary Club of Sydney
  • Royal Far West Childrens Scheme
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
  • Rural Fire Service - Berowra
  • Rural Fire Service - Berowra Waters
  • Rural Fire Service - Brooklyn
  • Rural Fire Service - Communications Brigade
  • Rural Fire Service - Cowan
  • Rural Fire Service - Hornsby Heights
  • Rural Fire Service - Hornsby/Kuring-gai HQ
  • Rural Fire Service - Mooney Mooney
  • Rural Fire Service - Mt Kuring gai
  • Rural Fire Service - Muogamarra
  • Rural Fire Service - Support Brigade
  • RVCP Hawkesbury
  • Salvation Army NSW
  • Sam Fitzsimons Trust Fund
  • SES Hornsby
  • Share the Dignity
  • Shine For Kids
  • SIDS and KIDS
  • Sisters of the Good Samaritan
  • St Bernard's Catholic Primary School
  • St Johns Ambulance Hornsby
  • St Marks Church
  • St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Stewart House
  • Story Dogs
  • Studio ARTES
  • Telstra ChildFlight
  • The Apex Club of Berowra Inc.
  • The Cancer Council
  • The Cancer Council of NSW
  • The Childrens' Hospital, Westmead
  • The Exodus Foundation
  • The Fred Hollows Foundation
  • The Kuring-gai Academy of Irish Dancing
  • The Lions Club of Berowra
  • The Lions Club of Berowra - Administration Account
  • The Lions Club of Hornsby
  • The Lions Club of Scone
  • The Lions Prostate Cancer Research and Treatment Project
  • The Luke Batty Foundation
  • The Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol
  • The Smiling Hearts Association for Children
  • The Smith Family
  • The Wayside Chapel
  • Tobias O'Brien Youth Challenge
  • Trissillian
  • United Nations Youth Aust
  • Westmead Childrens Hospital
  • Wideview Public School
  • Wildlife Rescue South Coast
  • Wymah Cres Community Fire Unit
  • Youth Off The Streets
  • Ywam Medical Ships
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