Category Archives: Gala Events

Table View Lions – Woolworths Fashion Show

This event is in aid of a school bus for the West Riding Primary School. Learners at this school are from a multi-cultural community, mainly from a low socio-economic background or single parent and/or single income homes. Therefore extra funding from parents is impossible, and even payment of school fees is irregular at best. The educators give admirable care to their learners. Not only do they give of their private time to develop the children’s progress thus reaching high pass rates, they have also introduced a feeding scheme providing breakfasts, lunches, and even food parcels for some pupils to take home.

Summer Fashion Show - Table View Lions

Table View Lions

Lions Clubs – we help where help is needed in our own communities and around the world. The world’s largest service club organization.

Lions give Sight, serve youth, assist the aged, the disabled, the disadvantaged. In fact wherever there is a need there are Lions.

Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need schoolbooks, with seniors who need transportation and with people we may never meet.

We’re led by talented, dedicated volunteer leaders from around the world. And, we’re supported by the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), which helps to fund Lions humanitarian projects.

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98th Lions Clubs International Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

The 98th Lions Clubs International Convention was held in Honolulu, Hawaii, from the 26th June to the 30th June. More than 20,000 Lions club members and their families from more than 120 countries gathered in Honolulu for the Convention. This is the fourth time that Lions Clubs International has held its convention in Honolulu, this being the largest Convention held here.

The Parade of Nations took place on June 27. There were 10,000 Lions in this parade of  colourful floats, many in traditional dress and accompanied by bands.

Upcoming Lions Clubs International Conventions:

2016 – Fukuoka, Japan
2017 – Chicago, Illinois (centenary celebration)
2018 – Las Vegas, Nevada
2019 – Milan Italy

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Dr. Lutz van Dijk, Citizen of the Year – 2014

Citizen of the year, Dr. Lutz van Dijk

Citizen of the year, Dr. Lutz van Dijk

Our District 410A, honoured Dr. Lutz van Dijk of HOKISA with a Citizen of the Year award. This achievement recognition, in the form of a Melvin Jones Fellowship was presented to Dr van Dijk by our District Governor Moira Theron at her Welcome Home Breakfast Gala.

A little history on Dr. Lutz van Dijk

“…is a German-Dutch writer, born in Berlin in 1955. He began as a teacher in Hamburg (Germany), later he joined the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam (Netherlands). Since 2001 he is at home in Cape Town (South Africa), where he became a founding member and Co-Director of HOKISA, a South African NGO which cares for children affected and/or infected by HIV/AIDS.
HOKISA_logoMost of his books are written in German and translated into many other languages (like Afrikaans, Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, isiXhosa – and English). Lutz van Dijk has received several literary awards, among them the Namibian Youth Literature Award (1997) and the German Gustav-Heinemann-Peace-Award (2001).

Next to Germany and Holland, where he is on reading tours twice a year, he has given readings in schools, libraries, bookshops and with human rights groups in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, England, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and outside of Europe in countries in Western and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the USA.“

Dr. Lutz has a PhD; he is a qualified teacher for special education of disturbed children; writer (free-lance); volunteer fundraiser and coordinator of Amakhaya Ngoku housing project in Masiphumelele.

His most recent books are set in South Africa and his work includes a “History of Africa” with a foreword by Archbishop EM. Desmond tutu. All royalties from his South African books are donated to the Hokisa home, and form a major financial support for this project.

Dr. Lutz van Dijk, HOKISA

Dr. Lutz van Dijk, HOKISA

Characteristically, Dr Lutz van Dijk’s main concern is developmental, and his focus at all times is on those who have been marginalized, helping them to discover their abilities and nurturing them to grow into their full potential as human beings.

DG Moira Theron gave such an insightful introduction of Dr Lutz van Dijk and everyone present was overwhelmed with what he has achieved over the years. We are proud to have honoured one of many of South Africa’s unsung heroes.

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