District 201V1-4, Victoria, Australia

Projects and Donations

The Lions do all sorts of projects to assist the community. If you want to apply for help or assistance contace the club secretary. Also you can make a donation or apply for a grant by downloading the form below:


Please complete Application Form.  Return as instructed on second page.

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Lions McDonald Hill House

Some members in the Castlemaine and District communities, including some Lions, saw the need for a respite home in Castlemaine for families with disabled members.  In 2007 the Mount Alexander Shire Accommodation and Respite Group (MASARG) was established, and 2010 Castlemaine Lions committed a substantial donation to the Project. Two Lions served on the steering Committee for a number of years.

A generous offer of land on a hill near the junction of Pyrenees Highway and Maldon Road was made by Bob and Eileen McDonald.

In October 2016 the plans for a respite home finally came to fruition when the Lions McDonald Hill House was officially opened.

BELOW  October 2016 Lions at Entrance to the respite home (in background), Lion Ron Delmenico on left and Ian Gerehoefer to right

Social/Educational Projects

1. Youth of the Year  Quest. This program aims primarily to be an enjoyable and valuable learning experience for all participants.  The public speaking component of the program involves both impromptu and prepared speeches.  It is worth 20% of the students’ total assessment and comes at the end of the program.  80% of the points scored are derived from an intensive private interview with the judging panel lasting half an hour.  This is based on a 5-page entry form submitted by each candidate. The form is designed to demonstrate initiative, academic performance, school and community participation, leadership, personal achievements and interests of each individual.

The Club final is held in February each year in the Club Rooms.  Secondary students from local schools are encouraged to enter the competition and involves thousands of students nationally.  The winner at the Club level will proceed to the Zone level, where success would see the student progress to the District level.  After that come the State and ultimately National levels.

ABOVE  Three contestants from Castlemaine Secondary College in 2017.

2. Sponsorship to summer camp.  The Club sponsors three local primary school boys and girls to the Lions Wilderness Camp at Licola in eastern Victoria for a number of days in January.  The students, along with their parents, are invited to a Club Dinner in the new year to share their camp experiences with Club members. 



3. Lions Peace Poster Competition.  The Club has conducted the competition in one or two local Primary School in the last four years. The students are challenged to represent their ideas on peace in the world following a given theme which changes every year. The Club coordinator of the project, along with the school’s art teacher selects the winning entry to be forwarded to the District level to be adjudicated yet again. The winning entry is submitted to the State level and then to the National level. The National winner is awarded an overseas trip. The Club presents several prizes to some the local contestants

ABOVE 2016 winner at Winters Flat Primary School




4. Lions Encouragement Award

On an annual basis for the past few years, the Club has sponsored two students at the Castlemaine Secondary College, one at Year 9 and one at Year 11 with an Encouragement Award presented at Speech Night.  The School is asked to select the appropriate students for the award.  A Certificate is awarded, along with a cheque for $250, to the recipients .

In past years the Club has been involved in the Lions International Student Exchange involving couutries in Asia, North America and Europe.

5. Welfare

The Club receives a number of requests both from individuals, individuals on behalf of others and Shire Council and Welfare Agencies for assistance which takes many forms. Recent examples have included

  1. firewood for those unable to afford any
  2. mowing and tidying up gardens
  3. help with shifting house
  4. fencing paddocks after floods
  5. financial support for needy families

6. Other Lions Projects - Spectacle collection - the Club makes a contribution to the 500,000 pairs collected annually, of which 400,000 are sent overseas to Africa

                                       Lions Christmas Cakes. The Club sells Lions Christmas Cakes, a nation- wide project, as a fund raiser.  This activityhas proceeded steadily through local retail and professional outlets as well as sale to individuals. 

            CONTACT Lion Col Stratton, Club cake sales manager on 0429 632 074

            OR any Club Member

                                            Lions Christmas Cakes, Puddings and mini fruit cakes


Club Donations 2016-7


Muckleford Cricket Club

Castlemaine United Cricket Club

Harcourt Football and Netball Club

Castlemaine Football and Netball Club

Campbells Creek Primary School

Castlemaine Scouts

Castlemaine Table Tennis Club

Castlemaine Red Cross

State Emergency Service

Castlemaine Girl Guides

Lions McDonald Hill House for respite accommodation

Safe Steps Program to combat family violence

Peace Poster Competition in local Primary School

Castlemaine Secondary Collage Awards

Sponsorship of 3 local primary school students to Lions Licola Village Wilderness Camp

Lions Youth of the Year Program for local secondary students

Cleaning assistance for local resident

Sponsorship of Movember project

Castlemaine Men’s Shed

Sponsorship of the Murray to Moyne cycle relay for Castlemaine Health funds

Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation

Australian Lions Operation Smile Project

Australian Lions Hearing Dogs Project

Lions Clubs International Measles Eradication Program

Leukemia Foundation