As the year is coming to an end, Lions Club Potchefstroom has to lot to be thankful for. The Club was able to end the year on a high note, inducting 6 new members into the Club in November, which further inductions in the pipeline in early 2014.
Thanks to the generous assistance of Dis Chem Potchefstroom, a Diabetes Screening could also be held on World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2013. 410 members of the public benefitted from free glucose tests at Mooirivier Mall.
Thanks to Spec Savers Potchefstroom and Parys, over 30 underprivileged residents of Potchefstroom and Parys could be supplied with low-cost glasses through the Lions Operation Brightsight Project in 2013 alone.
The cooperation with SANBS is going from strength to strength. The last combined SANBS/ Lions Club Potchefstroom Blood Drive was held on 2 November 2013 and 78 units of blood could be collected. This was the 4th SANBS/ Lions Club Potchefstroom Bloodrive in 2013.
Furthermore, Childline North West, Vessels of Mercy and Abraham Kriel Child and Youth Care Centre, Ikageng Care Centre for the Aged and Huis Hebron were supported throughout the year, thanks to generous contributions of private individuals and organizations. The Club would therefore like to take the opportunity to thank the community of Potchefstroom for its tremendous support. Thank you your caring about our greater community.
To celebrate World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2014, Lions Club Potchefstroom and Dis Chem Potchefstroom took hands to offer free Diabetes Screening in Mooirivier Mall. While Dis Chem nurses and pharmacists conducted the tests, Lions Club Potchefstroom members motivated members of the public to get tested. A local dietician offered free dietary advice to people with problematic glucose levels.
291 people were tested on the day, with a number of people with too high or too low glucose levels being identified. Several members of the public whose glucose levels were in the diabetic range, were invited to follow-up consultations with the Dis Chem nursing staff. Beneficiaries commended Dis Chem and the Club for this very worthwhile project.
Orphaned, vulnerable, abused and neglected children are very close to Lions Club Potchefstroom's heart. Under the Club President's motto 2013/2014, "Let's take hands" Lions Club Potchefstroom therefore took hands with Dis Chem Potchefstroom and the NWU's SJGD to participate in Abraham Kriel Child and Youth Care Centre's Nimue Picnic.
Club members and their partners entertainedover 250 children with a variety of games, activities, jumping castles and water slides. Thanks to a generous donation by SJGD, every child could be treated with a substantial lucky and a few presents to take home.
Lions Club of Potchefstroom received the SANBS Certificate of Appreciation on 16 August 2013 for its dedicated effort and commitment to ensuring a sufficient safe blood supply for the community of Potchefstroom.
Lion President Andries du Preez thanks the SANBS (Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom Branch) for their hard work and salute all HEROES donating blood.
We are once again in our partnership with the SANBS hosting a national bleed during the year. In Potchefstroom we will be in the Mooi River Mall and will be encouraging people to be heroes by donating blood and saving a life.
Watch this space for updates and what we will be doing on the day.
Childline NW is raising awareness and much needed funds for operational costs at the Potchefstroom crisis line through its annual nationwide White Balloon Campaign. Balloons are sold for R10.00 each. Childline has challenged organisations to support the campaign. The Lions Club of Potchefstroom was among the first organizations to have taken on the challenge to sell balloons as direct link to its Love Box project, that focuses on traumatised and abused children.
The Lions Club of Potchefstroom proudly presents its BrightlyColouredSight project in the form of artwork donated by artists countrywide.
The main launch and exhibition commences in March each year. This flagship project of the club in support of The South African Guide Dog Association has been sustained for the past four years and have been updated to keep with artistic trends, thus a mixed medium portfolio for 2013/2014 The club have in the past four years with the kind support from artists who donated their works and in collaboration with the team of the Potchefstroom Museum, raised R260 000.00 adding to 26 guide.
Rid yourself of those cumbersome loose-change, while supporting a good cause. Our Can-It Cans have been launched and distributed, keep an eye out for them in the shops.
On a very high note, our club was honoured with District awards, awards that were only made possible by the hard work and dedication of each and every one of you. Our awards include: 2nd place for Scrapbook of the year, newsletter of the year and club of the year.
Die plaaslike Lionsklub van Potchefstroom het wereld-diensleweringsmaand afgeskop deur die vervalle speelpark by Ikhutseng-plaaskooltjie op te knap. Op 1 Oktober het Lions hande vuil gemaak, en sodanig 280 leerlinge se skooldae bietjie meer kleurvol gemaak. Die klub is reeds sedert 2006 by die skool betrokke.
Lions Club Potchefstroom
Chartered June 2006
Club no: 97579
NPO no: 074393
PBO no: 930 030 756