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20 January 2020
ALF Chair PID Tony Benbow OAM, has advised DG Bill Shepherd that ALF funds have been released for assistance to those directly affected by the 2019-2020 Bushfires.
Forms are available for Clubs to make an immediate application for assistance to those in your area who may require help. To download the Grant Application Form:
| PDF Format - Click here
| PDF Fillable Format - Click here.
Where possible, please provide the information required, (i.e. quotes, letters of support etc) but if these are not available, and if you are sure the costs/letters of support are genuine, please submit your applications immediately. If there is insufficient room on the form to provide all details, please attach an additional letter.
The criteria for seeking a grant is not defined, but we rely upon your discernment in selecting those you consider are in genuine need and require immediate help - For example:
- those who are eligible for Insurance or Government Grants ……may need immediate help until the Insurance or Government payments become available.
Please submit your applications to:
| PDG Peter Mercer,
| 146/1 Greenmeadows Drive
| PORT MACQUARIE NSW 2444
| Email: email@example.com
with a copy to:
| DG Bill Shepherd – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DG Bill Shepherd will review and approve each Application before making submissions to ALF for Grant Funding.
Since the last Newsflash issued in November 2019 we have seen the fire situation across Australia increase into catastrophic proportions. All States have been impacted in some way over this extended period with the current situation as at end of December seeing major fires still burning in NSW, Victoria and South Australia. Many are still out of control and we are seeing new areas impacted daily. This situation is not going away in the short term and we are still only early in the summer season.
Since the National Appeal was established we have received donations from Clubs, businesses and private individuals totalling over $600,000 and we have already disbursed grants to impacted Districts in Queensland ($85K), New South Wales ($160K) and South Australia ($69K) totalling overall to date $312,000.
With the most recent devastation throughout the South Coast of New South Wales through to areas of East Gippsland in Victoria, more than 500 properties have been lost impacting whole communities. The needs for these areas are significant and support of Lions through the Australian Lions Foundation will recovery assistance to be given. Sadly, a number of lives have been lost including those of Volunteer Fire fighters who have been on the front line fighting these fires. Our thoughts are with all families impacted at this sad time.
We ask that all Clubs please consider their support for those in our communities who have lost everything.
Club donations can be made direct to the Foundation as detailed below, but please let all your communities know what Lions are doing and if they wish to donate direct they can do so by using the “GiveNow link” button on the Multiple District Website and the Australian Lions Foundation Website. All public donations received over $2 are tax deductible. Please consider supporting this appeal to help those in need.
We thank the many clubs who have already donated and this will go directly to assist via the local clubs and their District support mechanisms.
ALF Account Details:
| Account Name: National Appeal Fund
| BSB: 036-048
| Account No: 440704
Cheques payable to the Australian Lions Foundation can be sent to:
| Australian Lions Foundation
| PO Box 278
| Melville WA 6956
Donations to the National Appeal do not qualify for Award credits as the funds go directly to the affected areas and are not held by the Foundation.
Thank you to those Clubs and individual members who supported the ALF Awareness Week. A total of $6,217.40 was raised.
The Australian Lions Foundation provides financial assistance and support to local communities in times of need. The Australian Lions Foundation is amongst the first to offer disaster relief whenever and wherever it should strike. Lions Clubs and the District support the Foundation through fundraising for specific appeals and donations.
The Foundation operates under three separate trust deeds:
Trust Deed No.1 - Provides help and assistance in all forms for Public Relief, Emergency Aid and Community Welfare, for persons in Necessitous circumstances in Australia Deed No.1 is funded by designated Voluntary Gifts from Lions Clubs, Lions Districts and the Public and Interest from Designated Investment Funds.
Trust Deed No.2 - Provides help and assistance in all forms for Public Relief, Emergency Aid and Community Welfare Projects anywhere in the world. This is funded by Undesignated Voluntary Gifts from Lions Clubs, Lions Districts and the Public, the ALF Awards Program and Interest from Designated Investment Funds.
Trust Deed No.3 - Provides help and assistance in all forms for Public Relief, Emergency Aid and Community Welfare in those developing countries approved by the relevant Minister of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia. It is funded by designated Voluntary Gifts received from Lions Clubs, Lions Districts, the Public and Interest from Designated Investment Funds.
Personal gifts to the Australian Lions Foundation are welcomed, and gifts of $2.00 or more are tax deductible. To see how you may donate visit the ALF Website.
Awards - The Australian Lions Foundation offers a number of awards that the District and Lions Clubs may wish to grant. Details of the James D Richardson Honour Award, Ian M Stockdale Humanitarian Award and William R Tresise Fellow Award is available on the ALF awards page.
Grants - Districts, Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs in Australia and Papua New Guinea (MD201) can apply for Australian Lions Foundation (ALF) Grants. For further information visit the ALF Grant Applications page.
For more information on the Australian Lions Foundation and its activities: