District 410B Peter Daniel DC Health Hearing Portfolio The hearing program has definitely been one of the highlights of my time as a Lions member. My sincere thanks to those Clubs in the District who have become involved in the District 410B Hearing program and so making a real difference in people’s lives. I would like to use an e-mail I received to illustrate my point and for obvious reasons the person’s name and the Club name have been deleted. Lion responsible for organising the hearing-aid to recipient “Hi how did your weekend go with your hearing-aid ?” Pensioner who received the hearing aid “What a difference! I can hear my footsteps and the traffic on Garsfontein road from the plot! No excuse now when the wife talks! Thank you soooo much for all that you and the Lions have done to make my life in the future easier” This is a really lovely story and as our Lions Pledge states: “I am proud to be a Lion dedicated to the service of others.” In this case very appropriate!! The Clubs in the District who have been involved in the hearing program so far this year are Standerton, Standerton Willows Branch Club, Florida, Benoni van Rhyn, Benoni Lakes, Pretoria Jakaranda, Helderkruin, Pretoria South and Pretoria Host. To date the District has given 27 hearing-aids to 17 needy patients in the 2012/2013 Lions calendar, a wonderful achievement. What is particularly pleasing is that a number of recipients of hearing-aids are retired Lions or family of present Lions, who simply cannot afford to buy their own hearing-aids. To quote PCC Cliff Hocking “ If we claim to look after members of the public, we should be looking after our own members as well!” (Cliff, hope I got the quote nearly correct, but the idea is there anyway).
Diabetes Awareness Portfolio
November 2012 was “Diabetes Awareness” month in South Africa and I would like to thank those Clubs in the District who took the trouble to get involved in a diabetes screening day. Apart from saving lives, those of you who were involved helped make the Lions Clubs in our District more visible and better known to the general public. I was contacted by a number of Clubs in District 410B requiring pamphlets and information which they would be handing out at their screening days during November, but unfortunately to date I have received very little feedback and almost no photos, which makes it difficult to put together a newsletter. Standerton Lions Club organised a Diabetes screening day on the 10th November when a record number of 301 members of the public were tested. Of these patients 23 showed abnormal blood sugar levels and were referred to their doctors for further assessment and treatment. The Standerton Willows Branch Club joined in the project by organising a “Wors Roll” sale at the same venue. All in all it was a very successful day, with really good PR for Lions. At the end of November Lions were asked to become involved in the Sasol Health and Diabetes day at the Sasol headquarters in Randburg. Also in attendance were the Epilepsy Society, Quadraplegic Association, SA Blind (with guide dogs in attendance) and Mental Health. It was a first for Lions to be asked to represent Diabetes together with these other organisations. I was delighted that our DG Ivan and CS Peggy took the time to join Standerton Lions member Les and myself at this occasion, which was a wonderful Public Relations opportunity for Lions. Photos of both these events appear on the next 2 pages of this newsletter.
Peter Daniel (DC Health)
Standerton Lions Club Screening Day
Standerton Lions President Neil Havenaar and Lion Les Parkes awaiting victims to have their fingers pricked and be tested.
Sister Maggie Beytell, who has done the screening day for Standerton Lions for the past four years, with Lions President Neil Havenaar and fiancé Carika.
The Standerton Willows took advantage of the extra publicity and held a ‘Boerewors sale’ at the same time. In the photo are Lions Rene Gravett, Sonja Jacobs, Samantha van Niekerk and LP Kirstin Daniel.
The Sasol Health Day in Randburg
Sasol Health Day DG Ivan Du Plooy, CS Peggy Du Plooy, joined Lion Les Parkes and myself at the Sasol Health Day in Randburg on the 30 November. 130 Patients were screened, of who 8 were Diabetic and totally unaware of their problem.