TEAM 100: Emu Park Lions Club members from left, Rob Tait, John Sayers, Erin Forder, Peter Richardson, Dennis Wex, Lyn Nicholls, Miranda Findley, Ross Rand, Jackie Senior, Denis Ratcliffe, Kay Ratcliffe, Joseph Ireland, David Orr; front from left, Aliesha Smith, Lorna Rossiter, Peter Roper (president), Bev Gully, Elaine Alexander and Bill Moore (zone chairman).
TEAM 100: Emu Park Lions Club members from left, Rob Tait, John Sayers, Erin Forder, Peter Richardson, Dennis Wex, Lyn Nicholls, Miranda Findley, Ross Rand, Jackie Senior, Denis Ratcliffe, Kay Ratcliffe, Joseph Ireland, David Orr; front from left, Aliesha Smith, Lorna Rossiter, Peter Roper (president), Bev Gully, Elaine Alexander and Bill Moore (zone chairman). Contributed RCC

Lions grants open to Capricorn Coast locals

TO MARK Lions Club International's centennial, the Lions Club of Emu Park has signed on to help Lions Australia give away in excess of $100,000 to more than 100 local projects.

The $100,000 will be available in the form of $1000 grants to projects which make a difference to the community in the fields of youth, vision, hunger or the environment.

The Lions Club of Emu Park is one of more than 100 of Australia's clubs chosen to form "Team 100", which will help to roll out the grant opportunity locally. Local organisations, initiatives and projects in the Capricorn Coast region and the surrounding areas are encouraged to make the most of the $1000 grant opportunity.

Lions Australia executive officer Rob Oerlemans said the Community 100 program provides local clubs with the opportunity to reach out to communities and create new partnerships. "If you can think of a community need, the chances are there's a Lions club doing something about it," Mr Oerlemans said.

"For almost 100 years Lions have shared a core belief that community is what we make it and the Lions Australia Community 100 program celebrates this belief. The program brings together our clubs in a campaign designed to drive awareness, while also helping to funding new projects in the communities we serve."

Lions Australia, which will celebrate 70 years of service in 2017, was first established in 1947 and is currently Lions Club International's 18th oldest club in operation. Each year the local clubs raise between $25-30 million for community initiatives.