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Parliamentary Lions raises $4,000 for Kidney kids

Caption photo 1: International Director, Lions Clubs - Lucie Armstrong, guest auctioneer Rt Hon Winston Peters, and Parliamentary Lions Club President and MP Hon Brian Donnelly.

Lions Clubs New Zealand
Media Release

Monday 22 September, 2003

New Parliamentary Club of New Zealand Lions raises $4,000 for Kidney kids

The new Parliamentary Club of New Zealand Lions has been officially launched at a black tie dinner at Parliament.

To celebrate the chartering of the club, the Parliamentary Lions Club raised $4,000 for Kidney Kids with a charity auction, featuring Tauranga MP and New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters as the guest auctioneer. Kidney Kids is supported by Lions Clubs throughout the country with the Kantab programme. "This was a wonderful opportunity for the newly inaugurated Lions to do exactly what is intended with this club - support key Lions Clubs projects and the New Zealand community," said Parliamentary Lions Club's inaugural President Hon Brian Donnelly

Guest at the dinner were entertained by Phil Kingsley-Jones, who talked about the role Kidney Kids' patron, Jonah Lomu, was taking with the organisation and its sister organisation in the United Kingdom.

The Parliamentary Lions Club is a non-partisan club, with members from Labour, National, New Zealand First and United Future.

Labour MP David Cunliffe will be Club Secretary and United Future MP Paul Adams will be Treasurer.

Caption photo 2: International Lions Director, Lucie Armstrong welcomes the new Parliamentary Lions Club President Hon Brian Donnelly.

About Lions Clubs New Zealand

The first New Zealand Lions Club was formed in 1955 in Auckland. Now there are around 500 Clubs, and 11,000 members. Worldwide the International Association of Lions Clubs has a membership of over 1.4 million in 185 countries and geographical areas.

The emphasis is on community service in all forms. Lions programmes serve the young and the aged, the disabled and the disadvantaged - anybody who has a need. Programmes are conducted locally, nationally and internationally. They include sight conservation and work with the blind, citizenship services, hearing and speech action, programmes with the deaf, drug education, and environment, recreational, health and social services.

Lions' contributions to the development and care of New Zealand youth include living skills programmes, drug awareness, an international youth exchange programme, the national Young Speechmaker Contest and International Peace Poster Competition.

About Kidney Kids

Founded in 1990, Kidney Kids is a not-for-profit parent driven organisation that assists parents of children who have kidney disorders. Kidney Kids provides regular newsletters, information and resources regarding kidney disorders, and organises annual camps for children who may not be able to attend ordinary school camps because of their medical needs.

Most importantly Kidney Kids offers support for families through regular meetings, social activities and education evenings where parents can meet with a specialist to talk about their child's condition.

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