Awarded James P Ledingham Memorial Trophy for community service
The Lions Club of Sydney was recently recognised for its service to ‘diabetes awareness’ with the James P Ledingham Memorial Trophy. The award was received by Dr Rohitas Batta, president of the Club and Padman Karamil, first vice president.
Of course, it is needless to add that the Lions Club of Sydney Indian undertakes lot more community service activities, including seminars on ageing, mental health issues, while also raising funds to support the Lions Club International Foundation’s charity activities.
District 201 N5, the Lions Clubs of Sydney & Norforlk, conducted its District Governor changeover function with an array of inspiring speeches by several dignitaries and office bearers and friends of the movement that included several past district governors, and Prue Carr, State MP.
The incoming District Governor Lion Ron Gattone was handed over the mantle of the district’s leadership by the immediate past president Dennis Halpin, who reminded the audience of the motto of lions—“We Serve”—and that serving others is an opportunity and a blessing.
Mr Gattone said that he was proud to note that at the recently concluded centennial celebrations of the Lions International at Chicago the most heard word was the Sanskrit word “Namaste”. He added that it good to see the enthusiasm with which Lions Club of Sydney conducted their activities within the community.
On 21 June, at the Parramatta Lion’s Den (North Parramatta premises) the Sydney Lions organised an open forum coupled with the Lions International’s centenary celebrations that was well attended by the community as well as several members of various Lions Clubs of Sydney.
Dr Batta, president of the Club, gave a concise summary of the club’s past achievements and with the excellent support of the Club’s treasurer Dr Narasimha Reddy the attendees were given a glimpse of what the Lions planned for the rest of this year.
Clinical psychologist Dr Gurprit Ganda spoke about the common mental health issues faced by people. She discussed the impact stress has on the human body. Dr Ganda also talked about neurotransmitters, the effect of diet and lifestyle on mental health, symptoms of depression, common thinking distortions and the range disorders that fall with generalised anxiety disorder including phobias, obsessions, panic disorder.
Thanks to Bunnings North Parramatta assisted by its events co-ordinator Ms Bree, the core volunteers and supporters of Sydney Lions held a successful barbeque event on 25 June. The event helped raise funds to support the “Lions Measles Program”.