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Lions around the world are responding to the growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, and as of today over £100,000 has been raised by 1000 UK clubs and International Grants.

The grants have been issued to the Lions of:

  • Poland,
  • Hungary,
  • Romania,
  • Ukraine,
  • the Slovak Republic/Czech Republic

As the refugees move further into Europe, Lions are welcoming numerous refugees and they will be supported locally by the Lions Clubs on the ground and the Lions Clubs International Foundation’s Designated Grants for Refugees.  (LCIF)

Support for Ukraine Refugees – Initially Leeds &S kyrack Lions Club have made  a donation of £500.00  from our reserve funds . With the number of Lions clubs in the UK approaching 1,000  we are likely to create a sizeable pool just from the UK alone.  Lions are the largest international voluntary group in terms of membership and direct aid to where it is needed through local clubs who have identified specific needs following a disaster or humanitarian crisis.

The benefits of working through local clubs is that being a community based structure it is well placed to identify gaps in services and respond rapidly and effectively to areas of need.  Local Lions clubs can also ensure that all efforts are targeted directly without any third party involvement.  At a higher level LCIF can provide assistance and direction by coordinating our local response to ensure that there is little duplication of government or NGO activity. In addition, complications such as delivery of goods that are not in short supply or managing the logistics of larger quantities of uncoordinated goods can be minimised through working with local teams.

If you would like to support Lions volunteers on the ground please feel free to contact us.

Want to make a positive contribution to your community?  Please consider joining our grrrreat team where you will be warmly welcomed.

Lions meet with the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds

Members of several Lions Clubs in the Leeds area were invited for afternoon tea with the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Graham Latty and the Lady Mayoress Councillor Pat Latty at the Civic Hall in Leeds.

Members from Leeds, Leeds Skyrack, Garforth & District and Rothwell District Lions Clubs attended to hear the Lord Mayor share information about Just One Day! – an opportunity to support the Lord Mayor’s Charity.

This year the Lord Mayor is supporting St. Gemma’s Hospice.  For more information:


St Gemma’s Barbecue -St Gemma’s Fun day

For many years members of the Leeds Lions Club have assisted St Gemma’s on their Summer Fete Fun day.  On 7th July 2019 we once again supported St Gemma’s, by running the barbecue and the bar. Therefore 100% of the takings on the day go to St Gemma’s to allow them to provide care to their patients.

This year as well as members and friends we were joined by the President of Leeds Skyrack Lions Club, Robert Carter, who was cooking burgers and sausages.

Even if you do not want to be a member of the Leeds Lions Club we still are happy to have a band of willing helpers who assist us at larger events.


German Youth Exchange

As usual, our German Exchange went very well when we housed, fed, entertained and generally looked after 12 disabled folk.
Leeds Lions together with the Leeds Skyrack Lions Club have enjoyed this German Exchange for nearly 50 years. Whilst it used to be for the under 19s the age limit has been extended over the years. Back in 2016 we had one disabled gentleman who was 68! Siegfried had never had a holiday – been out of Germany or had anyone show him the ‘kindness’ he said he received during the week. He also said, “That was the best week of my entire life!”
Each evening back at Hinsley Hall in Headingley, Leeds where the group stayed they would each recall the days events and what the day had meant to them. Siegfried would write a little essay, verse or poem and ask for one of the carers to translate and read it out. This usually fell to Lion President Hans-Dieter (from Kassel where the Brothers Grimm were born). This was hugely enjoyed by everyone as the translation could be hilarious. One line in a poem he wrote for me translated as “Your eyes are as blue as..bricks!” He didn’t mind us laughing and was pleased he could bring laughter with his written offerings. I have got hold of some German Dictionaries (from Freeloved) so I can read and reply to some of the letters I have recieved from the group who are now back in Germany.
One wheelchair-bound young boy thoroughly enjoyed himself when the group went to Hunslet Boys Club for a boxing lesson. Through manually operating his wheelchair he has great arm strength and was able to take part alongside all the mobile youngsters. He was thrilled that he had done so well.
They were all taken ten-pin bowling, had a day at the seaside, went to ‘The Deep’ in Hull, had meals out, listened to a German Oompah Band in Roundhay Park in Leeds before spending the afternoon and early evening at Lions John and Caroline’s house. The weather was very kind and everyone played Boules on the lawn before dancing to the Jukebox which including specially sourced (By our President Peter Sandeman) German 45’s vinyl records – which, fortunately, they all recognised.
Now in 2019, the Clubs are busy organising the trip to Germany.  Lion President Peter Sandeman would like to hear from possible candidates who would like to be considered for the holiday in July.

About Lions

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Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief – to serve their community.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization. We have 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographic areas.

Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects – including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

Lions give sight. By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. We have extended our commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through our international SightFirst Program, which works to eradicate blindness.

Lions serve youth. Our community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring. Internationally, we offer many programs, including the Peace Poster Contest, Youth Camps and Exchange and Lions Quest.

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