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Tuesday, 1 November 2005

Bondi Lions Generous Gift

Lions Clubs across Sydney have combined forces to raise vital funds for the redevelopment of the Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick Eye Clinic.

This generous contribution was acknowledged recently when Bondi Lions Club members visited the Hospital for a tour of the Eye Clinic. Bondi Lions Club raised funds to purchase a Portable Slit Lamp and Pulsair Tonometer for the clinic; equipment that helps make the examination of children's eyes a lot easier.

Dr Ian Kennedy, Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Sydney Children's Hospital said, 'support from the Lions Club has been fantastic. They are a keen group of individuals who are genuinely committed to helping the Hospital.'

Since the campaign began in October 2002, Lions Clubs in the Sydney district have donated over $350,000 in funds for opthamology equipment for the Eye Clinic. More than $2.5 million is needed to develop the new, fully equipped eye clinic.

Children from all over New South Wales come to this facility for treatment of multiple complex eye conditions caused by trauma, abuse and general disease. Hundreds of seriously ill children are treated every year, many of them only babies.

As a leader in child health, Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick has a full range of specialist services which treat children with many conditions including cancer, trauma, HIV/AIDS, congenital abnormalities, rehabilitation, heart disease and respiratory disorders.

The Lions Club of Bondi was chartered in 1956 and has four charter members still active.
Lions Clubs international is the largest service organisation in the world with 1.4 million members.

”We raise funds through various means – bucket collections, raffles, selling Lions Mints, Christmas cakes and the very successful annual children’s Magic Show,” said Bondi Lions Club President David Levy.

The Lions Clubs main fundraising activity is to assist blind and vision-impaired people around the world.

For Further Information Contact:

Dana Edwards, Communications Manager Tel: 9382 1188

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