For four days in May, more than 1200 Lions from all around Australia will gather at the Burswood Entertainment Complex, Perth for their annual Convention. This year their celebrations will be doubled as they mark the 50th year of Lions in Western Australia and the 60th Australian Convention.
With 1300 Lions clubs in Australia and approximately 28,000 members those who attend the Convention will focus on key areas like Disaster and Emergency Assistance, Health and Medical Research and Community Service.
“While there will be plenty of interaction between the delegates at the Convention, we will also be taking the opportunity to showcase some of the outstanding work Lions do each year,” says Rob Oerlemans, Executive Officer of Lions Australia, “we would welcome the media to any of the special events or presentations throughout the convention.”
Some of the special events taking place include
- Celebration of the 30th anniversary of Lions Hearing Dogs and a demonstration by the 500th hearing dog “Julia” and her trainer, before she is handed over to her new owner in June.
- The launch of the “Lions Rose”, a partnership between Lions Australia and Treloars Roses of Victoria. Treloars will provide a percentage of all sales to the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation (ALCCRF).
- The Final of the NAB Youth of the Year competition, which will have 6 young adults vying for the title by demonstrating their public speaking skills and levels of self-confidence.
- A presentation to the West Australian “Children of Courage” – a very special group of children who have shown strength and character despite the odds.