TAYLORS LAKES Lions Club

District 201V1-4, Victoria, Australia

Health and Disability

You'll hear more about the Hart Walker program!!  

October, 2011.  The Lions Club of Taylors lakes has contributed $1200 to the Australian Lions Mobility foundation towards the acquisition of a walker frame for a child.      More details to come.

The Hart Walker was developed by David Hart, an English medical engineer who specialises in the application of orthotic technology. 

Read more about the Australian Lions Mobility Foundation. >more

The Warwick Foundation

We've also made donations to this worthy activity supporting young adults in difficult times.  No doubt you'll see more of this.

Pick out your best running stillettos folks for this event on April 29.

     more details    http://www.thewarwickfoundation.org.au/Official-Events/

Lions Visual Independence Foundation Inc.

 A successful MC201 V1-4   Zone 2 project :    

 The club was recently approached to support the acquisiton of an Id-Mate for a visual impaired person in Maribynong. 

This was referred to our Zone, and with the active support of Zone Chairman Steve Gordon and 5 other local Lions Clubs,  we were able to forward the necessary funds to LVIF for the acquisition.   

We hope it will have a really positive impact on the recipients day to day life.   We hope to meet the recipient  after they've had some time to work with the device. 

For further information:    more

Autism Angels

Each year the Taylors Lakes Lions Club have assisted the Autism Angels with their Teddy Bear's Picnic at the park in Keilor.

Want to know more about Autism or the Angels?   They welcome your support.  More information at their website

VISION AUSTRALIA

Lions Internation has a long history supporting the vision impaired.

The Lions of Taylors Lakes has made a donation towards the development and training of young "Fergus", a bouncy young puppy that will take up the role of supporting a person with their disability.

And guess what!!    Fergus has made the front cover of the Vision Australia recent edition of  "PAWS for a moment" mag.

You can check out the Autumn 2012 magazine here:               size is ~3MB

Vision Australia's Seeing Eye Dog Breeding and Training Program

 Today there is still up to a two-year waiting list for clients who desperately need a Seeing Eye Dog and the list is growing. With the number of people who are vision impaired expected to double in the next decade, there will be an even greater demand for our very special working dogs. For the past 50 years, people who are blind or have low vision in Victoria have been able to seek the support of Vision Australia's Seeing Eye Dogs Orientation and Mobility division to assist them in being suitably matched to a trained Seeing Eye Dog.

A significant amount of time and expertise is invested into each Seeing Eye Dog. From pup to seeing-eye dog takes nearly two years and only dogs that meet the very highest physical and temperamental standards are considered. From 8 weeks of age, puppies, following routine health checks are placed with families, who act as volunteer puppy carers in and around Victoria. This vital placement allows puppies to learn basic commands, obedience and how to behave accordingly in various day to day situations. Our professional puppy care team provide support to each volunteer carer. Around 12 months of age, these puppies are returned to Camp SEDA, where the more formal part of their training takes place. A dog’s skills and attitude are developed so they can consistently produce a safe standard of work. This process is extremely thorough and not until the dog is completely ready to work as a Seeing Eye Dog, will it be allowed to graduate. Throughout this process the dogs are assessed and assessed and assessed again, ensuring that each dog has the qualities expected of a Seeing Eye Dog and one that can be successfully matched with a potential client. It costs $30,000 to breed, raise, train and partner a Seeing Eye Dog to become the eyes of a Victorian who is blind. Each dog will provide its owner with up to 10 years of dedicated service in guiding them through traffic, busy shopping centres, onto public transport and to and from places relevant to each client. Vision Australia is seeking funding support of $30,000 to support the raising, training and partnering of a Seeing Eye Dog puppy Fergus.

Donations can be made out to: Vision Australia Att: Gino Tomisich 346 Macaulay Road Kensington Vic 3031