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New members join Table View Lions Club

Left to right: Lion Rocky Wright (outgoing President); Lion Dawn Poole (new President); Lions Felicity and Thys van Eck (new members); Past District Governor Wolsley Jacobson (Inducting Officer)

By CS Liz Houston, PRO Table View Lions Club

Table View Lions Club recently welcomed 3 new members into their club. We welcome them and wish them many years of rewarding service and fellowship.

We all have unique passions in different levels of service and fundraising and when you combine these talents, we have an awesome team of volunteers doing their bit to serve the community in need. There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.

We assist families and animals in distress, the physically and mentally challenged, our senior citizens and youth. Lions Clubs International is a non-political, non-sectarian voluntary organisation comprised of men and women committed to serving those less fortunate. We are spread over 207 countries with 1,3million global volunteers.

Left to right: Lion Shane Poole; Lion Mal Munian reading out the Lions Code of Ethics; Lion Liz Hucks (Mal’s sponsor)

The greatest gift is time, especially when it is for a worthy cause. Your talents combined with the efforts of others will make a difference in your community.

Contact Shane Poole on 072 308 0411 or membership@tableviewlions.za.org for more information about our activities. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month @ 8pm at Killarney Race Track.

Visit us at www.facebook.com/TableViewLions or www.tableviewlions.za.org

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Lions gift of hearing for Miss Deaf Zambia

On 9 October the Table View Lions presented Miss Deaf Africa 2012, Elnette Botha from Melkbosstrand, with two new hearing aids for Chilungo Fundala, Miss Deaf Zambia.

From Left to Right: Lion Gisela Weitz, Table View Lions Club’s Hearing Aids Project Convenor; Elnette Botha, Miss Deaf Africa; Simoné Botha, Miss Deaf South Africa; District Governor Jimmy Lang; Lion President Rocky Wright

From Left to Right: Lion Gisela Weitz, Table View Lions Club’s Hearing Aids Project Convenor; Elnette Botha, Miss Deaf Africa; Simoné Botha, Miss Deaf South Africa; District Governor Jimmy Lang; Lion President Rocky Wright

These high power Phonak hearing aids with an estimated value of R60,00.00 were a gift from the Table View Lions’ German twin Club Frankenthal and Lion Wolfgang Bennedik, CEO of Phonak Germany. Chilungo, who could not come to South Africa, was highly recommended to Mrs Weitz, project coordinator at the Table View Lions Club, by Mrs Sievertsen of the Dominican School for the Deaf in Wynberg and convenor of the Miss Deaf Africa Pageants, following a desperate plea for hearing aids from her father. Chilungo, 21 years old, was born deaf but despite the physical challenge has graduated from Kitwe College and does youth work in Zambia.

Elnette Botha, Miss Deaf Africa and her sister Simoné, Miss Deaf South Africa 2012, were born with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss and received cochlea implants as toddlers, which facilitated their ability to hear and articulate words. Elnette is an occupational therapist from Stellenbosch University. Simoné, a professional dancer, graduated from the UCT dance school and also studies psychology and physiology part time at Unisa.

The donation forms part of project “Hearing Aids South Africa” which is run by the two Lions Clubs under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry for Families, Children and Disabled, in cooperation with the international hearing aid initiative of the German Lions Foundation, who declared South Africa a focal point due to its outstanding medical standards amongst developing countries. To date they have made available more than 3500 hearing aids. The mostly second-hand devices, accessories and batteries are collected in Europe and donated to approved hospitals, universities, schools and institutions for the deaf, where professional fitting, training in their use and maintenance, post-fitting services and supply of batteries are ensured.

It is estimated that 200.000 deaf underprivileged South African children need hearing aids, the primary socio-demographic target group of the project. Deafness is a progressive disability causing profound damage to the child’s development of speech, language and cognitive skills, often irreversible if not treated at an early age. The vision of “Hearing Aids South Africa” is to enable as many deaf children as possible, and also adults, to fully develop their potential in life and become active members of society.

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