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What We Do

Below are just some of the initiatives that
Bray Lions Club are currently involved in ...
(We will gladly accept donations towards these projects) is an
Autism Spectrum Information Advice and Meeting point set up by our club's former Young Ambassador, Adam Harris. Our club has helped to fund the start up of this very worthy, non-profit organisation, which aims to provide a one-stop shop for the Autism community in Ireland. From providing the public and those with the condition to a portal of information about Autism, to serving as a platform for people affected by Autism to share their stories and views, to providing a strong voice for the concerns of the community has it all!

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Adam on The Saturday Night Show, RT

Cara Mentoring Service

Bray Lions Club offers a free mentoring service for those starting out in business. The word 'Cara', the Irish for friend, is central to our approach to helping/befriending those striving to create employment locally.

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Christmas Food Appeal

In December, you will find Bray Lions collecting food and financial donations at Tesco and Supervalu (formely Superquinn) for Christmas Hampers which are distributed to those in need in Bray with the help of local St Vincent de Paul volunteers.

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Darkness Into Light

Bray Lions Club are very proud to help promote and marshall the 5km Walk/Run each year in May. It starts in the darkness hours of the night-time and finishes as day breaks. It is in aid of Pieta House, Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre.

What started in 2009 as a small event featuring 400 participants in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, Darkness Into Light has grown be a symbol of hope and a celebration of life, the event is now celebrated in 80 venues in Ireland and much further afield, with nearly 80,000 participants in 2014.

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Diabetes Screening

Diabetes is one of the biggest causes of blindness in Ireland. The Lions Diabetes Screening programme will detect people with undiagnosed diabetes and get them to the treatment which may save their lives, save their sight or save their limbs.

A free diabetes screening service is run by the Bray Lions a number of times during the year. These screenings are usually run in Tesco Bray, and members of the public are screened by volunteer nurses with instant results. The process involves a tiny pin-prick to the finger, and the patient is given their blood-sugar level. On average 250 people take part in each screening, and we refer about 3% to GP services.

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District Governor's Spouse's Appeal

Each year in Ireland, the District Governor's Spouse launches an appeal for his/her chosen charity and the Bray Lions Club supports this appeal.

Dream Auction

Our Annual Dream Auction has taken place each October since 2006. This has been a very well supported fund-raising event, and one where lots of bargains are always eagerly snapped up. Over the last few years we have had many unusual auction items including a 5000-word memoir/biography written by a journalist, dinner for 8 cooked in your house by a professional chef, and a day power-boating, along with many items for under 10 !!

Drug Awareness

Bray Drugs Awareness Forum is supported and funded by Bray Local Drugs Task Force and includes reps from Bray Town Council, the Gardai, Bray Youth Service, Bray Lions Club and other Community Groups.

The main focus of the Forum and Drug Awareness Month is to raise an awareness around drugs and drug related issues that affect local young people and the wider community of Bray.

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Golf Outing

Bray Lions Club has run this event almost every year since 1989 and to date have raised in excess of 250,000 in sponsorship. Since 1991, the event has been a Fourball Scramble and we have found it to be the most enjoyable. This is witnessed by the fact that the same smiling faces turn up year after year.

We would like to thank all those you have supported this event throughout the years. Your support is genuinely appreciated and the funds raised from this allow us to carry out much of our good work throughout the year.

The event is currently hosted by Bray Golf Club.

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Ladies Mini-Marathon

Each year, family and friends of the Bray Lions Club take part in the Women's Mini-Marathon in Dublin to help raise funds for a wide variety of causes supported by the club.

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Message in a Bottle

'Message in a Bottle' is an Emergency Information Scheme.

It simply directs the emergency services to information stored in a plastic bottle which is kept in the fridge; vulnerable people or those with a medical condition can enter their details on the form inside the bottle. It will include a photograph, health details, emergency contact, doctor, whether there are pets that need looking after and much more which will assist the Emergency Services.

The bottles, message forms and service are free of charge to the public and are funded by Bray Lions Clubs.

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New Year's Day Swim

For over 30 years, the New Year's Day Swim has taken place in Bray raising much needed funds for a wide variety of local charities.

In that time, over 300,000 has been raised for numerous local charities.

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PAWS (Youth Project)

The PAWS Project (Promoting Awareness, Working & Supporting Bray Lions Club) has been in operation since 2006. PAWS aims to help young people to help their community by getting involved and helping Bray Lions Club with a variety of charity and community initiatives.

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Peace Poster

The International Peace Poster Competition is an event run by Lions Clubs across the world in October each year. Bray Lions run a regional competition among local primary schools, with a prize-giving night in St. Cronan's School, where all of the entries are displayed. Winning entries are forwarded to district level and if successful, they go on to the international final.

The 2014 winners are shown here.

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School Debating

For many years, the Bray Lions Club has run a debating competition among local secondary schools in Bray, and more recently Greystones and Kilcoole.

Secondary school debating teams are invited to compete in the Pat Cassidy Memorial Debate which is held annually, and kindly supported by
Bray Toastmasters.

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Sight First Campaign

Lions Clubs across the world have saved the sight of over 27 million people. Bray Lions Club continues to support this international campaign to end avoidable blindness.

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Spectacle Recycling

Throughout the year, Bray Lions Club collects used eyeglasses and delivers them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Most of the recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact.

Bray Lions continue to send thousands of used spectacles to the Third World where they can be used to improve the sight of young and old. If you have a pair to spare, drop them into
Bray Recycling Centre or one of the supporting opticians around Bray.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade

Over the past number of years, the Lions have taken part in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Bray to thank the public for their support in the many projects carried out by Bray Lions Club.

In 2014, Bray Lions Club lead the parade, when one of their members, Karl Broin, was the Parade Grand Marshall.

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Student of the Year

Each year, the Bray Lions Club presents the Student of the Year trophy to worthy students in many of the local secondary schools. The club doesn't participate in the selection, leaving that to the schools.

Many of the recipients are awarded the honour not just on the basis of their school-work, but also due to their commitment in the field of community service.

Trabolgan Senior Citizens' Holiday

In June each year, Bray Lions Club along with Lions Clubs across Ireland, bring a group of senior citizens to Trabolgan, Co. Cork for a well deserved holiday. Up to 800 'old or lonely' are brought together by Lions Clubs around Ireland for a week. They enjoy many activities; aqua aerobics, sing-songs, dancing, swimming and bingo to name but a few, as well as accommodation, full board and transport.

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Where the need arises, Bray Lions Club, along with other charitable organisations such as the St. Vincent de Paul help families who are in need of assistance. Lions Club members also volunteer in other projects such as 'Meals on Wheels'.

Windows On The World

Windows On The World is a project that Bray Lions Club initiated in 2010. It involves pairing up many local Primary Schools with different International Embassies.

Ambassadors from the different countries visit the various schools, and the school-children prepare projects to be displayed in local shop windows as part of the St. Patrick's Day Festivities in Bray.

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Young Ambassador

Every year, Bray Lions Club selects a Young Ambassador to represent the Club at further stages of this multi-national competition. Young men and women, who have reached their 15th birthday but have not yet reached their 19th birthday on 30th June are eligible to apply. Ideally, candidates should be involved in community, humanitarian or charity work and be good communicators. Attractive prizes and travel opportunities are available to winners.

In 2013, Bray Lions Club's Young Ambassador Adam Harris won the UK & Ireland Ambassador Award and came 3rd in the European Final in Istanbul, Turkey.

Applicants should email;

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Youth Football

Bray Lions Club sponsors a youth team to enter the Lions Ireland competition. We are very appreciative of the support of
Ardmore Rovers in Bray.

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