Our Story

Middle Districts Lions Club

Who we are

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

Palmerston North Middle Districts Lions Club (chartered in 1968) has been proudly serving the community needs in Manawatu for over 50 years.

We Serve

Lions are ordinary people from all walks of life who enjoy getting together and doing good things. We are kind and generous people who want to help. That’s why we work on projects to improve our communities and protect the environment. We get enormous satisfaction from the knowledge that what we do DOES make a difference. And we enjoy friendship and fun while doing so. 

Whenever Lions club members get together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. Because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy. Lions Clubs New Zealand is part of a global organisation with 1.4 million members in 208 countries and geographic regions. With this much manpower, it’s no wonder that Lions Club members can achieve extraordinary things, every day.

What we do

As a club we are proud of the many and varied projects that we have undertaken to support and strengthen the Manawatu Region.

Some of the projects undertaken in recent years include:

Fundraising Project’s

  • Pivotal Foundation Partner with Manawatu Cancer Society in delivering Relay for Life (from inception and since)
  • Principal Lions coordination, planning, and delivery role for Annual Foodbank Appeal
  • In conjunction with Rotary Clubs spearheading Lions fundraising nationally for Wildbase Recovery
  • In conjunction with Child Cancer Foundation deliver the bi-annual Big Rig Day
  • Operate the Annual Lions Market Day in the Square, proving many local charities the opportunity to boost their coffers

Examples of funding support provided in addition to the above causes - we have funded directly

  • $10,000 towards a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy operation in the USA for a local resident.
  • Purchase of a mobility van for a local family with children with disabilities.
  • Funding of an eye operation for a local resident who would otherwise have become blind and for which no central government support was possible.
  • Funding a vest for a local child with respiratory issues.
  • Disaster Relief donations for New Zealand and around the world.
  • Annual support of Camp Qualtiy.

Arohanui Donation

Raising funds at Lions Market Day

Lions Raffle Wheel at Big-Rig Day

At Convention

Officers Installation

BBQ at Relay 4 Life

Recent Grants by Middle Districts Lions Club
  • Snap Back Boxing

    Donated $3,000

    Snapback also specialises in working with youth groups to channel their energy in a fun and engaging manner to be leaders, good role models and positive contributors to society.

  • Wellington Children’s Hospital, Playscape Project.

    Donated $3,000

    Lions Clubs of Districts 202M, 202D and the top of 202E have pledged $500,000 for the construction of a specially designed therapeutic playscape in the new Wellington regional Children’s Hospital.

  • Special Olympics - Manawatu

    Donated $1,000

    Special Olympics Manawatu provides meaningful sport opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

  • Ronald McDonald House

    Donation $1,000

    Families come to our Wellington House from across New Zealand. Our House is a ‘home-away-from-home’ for families, providing a safe haven to retreat to after a long day on the hospital ward.

  • Kairanga Lions Club Cancer Treatment Appeal

    Donation $1,000

    To go towards treatment of Keytruda immunotherapy for a young mother with stage 3 cancer.

  • Relay-Our-Way donation

    Donated $1,834

    In lue of no event this year a Relay-Our-Way picnic was held and donations from members, parnters & friends of Middle Districts of $917 which was then matched by the club.

  • Camp Quality

    Donation $1,000 - purchase 4 packs in lieu on no camp this year

    Each box will be packed with toys, games, puzzles, books, resources, and activities. Every child will receive their own special box and an invitation to take part in a range of on-line activities.

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