Ballina Lions Club

  • Mayo Gardai have partnered with the Ballina Lions Club to launch the "Message in a Bottle" initiative - to assist elderly and vulnerable people living alone.

    It's a simple idea that involves a person being given a plastic container in the shape of a bottle, which includes a personal information form and three green  cross stickers.

    The form is completed by the person or a family member or Garda, and is enclosed in the bottle and kept in the person's fridge, while the stickers are placed on the inside of both the front and back doors, and on the fridge door.

    In the event of an accident or incident in the home, emergency services will be alerted to the bottle by the stickers on the doors, and the bottle can then be retrieved from the fridge, providing invaluable information such as the person's medical history, medications, allergies and next of kin.

    The Message in a Bottle project was initiated by the Ballina Lions Club three years ago, and the club is now partnering with Gardai to roll out the initiative across Ballina and Belmullet in the coming months.

    Gardai have secured funding to purchase 3,000 message in a bottle containers.

    Supt Joe Doherty is Ballina Garda Station says that, as we navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, Gardai are as committed as ever to identifying and assisting the most vulnerable people in our communities.

     

     

     

  • Ballina Lions Club are today marking World Diabetes Day joining other Irish Lions Clubs in launching Diabetes Awareness as a Signature project.

     

    Lions Clubs in Ireland are organising a variety of projects and events aimed at raising awareness of Type 2 Diabetes and promoting healthy lifestyles.

     

    The projects range from the production of an informative Bookmark, to the distribution of apples to primary school children as a symbol of healthy living, to local and national social media and public relation campaigns.

     

    In response to the growing incidence of Diabetes worldwide, the 1.4 million members of Lions Clubs International have adopted Diabetes as a signature project.

      

    Ballina Lions Club President Ivan Beattie highlighted the importance of this initiative by stating that ‘Diabetes is the 8th leading cause of death in the world and it is estimated that worldwide more than 460 million people have Diabetes, and this number is growing.

  • Ballina Lions Club will honour former President Mary Robinson as the Chair of the internationally renowned  The Eldersat a special function in the town this evening.

    The former President of Ireland and Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson, succeeded  the late Nelson Mandela as Chair of The Elders.

    The Elders is an international non-governmental organisation of public figures noted as elder statesmen, peace activists, and human rights advocates, who were brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007. They describe themselves as "independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights".

    Before the Lions Club ceremony in Ballina this evening, South African human rights activist Kumi Naidoo will deliver the fifth Mary Robinson International Human Rights lecture in Ballina Arts Centre this afternoon at 2pm.

    Kumi Naidoo is a former general secretary of Amnesty International and was the first African head of Greenpeace.

    The lecture will be followed by a discussion between Mr Naidoo and Mary Robinson, facilitated by journalist Olivia O'Leary.

    Then at 5pm in The Great National Hotel, The President of Ballina Lions Club Conall Calleary together with Oliver P. Bourke, the family of the late Aubrey de Vere Bourke junior, Henry O. Bourke & Adrian P. Bourke in honour of Bernard Black, district governor district 133 will salute Mrs Robinson and she will address the National Lions Club Convention as the inaugural speaker.

  • The 50 strong volunteers with Ballina Lions Club were the delighted winners of a National Pride of Place Award at the weekend.

    While the many groups and volunteers that work closely with Belcarra Community Project are equally thrilled with their success in the competition.

    These two Mayo groups secured national titles in their categories  at the 2020 Pride of Place Awards on Saturday night, which were held online.

    Belcarra Community Group won in category 2, representing populations of 300 to 1000.

    Ballina Lions Club were successful in category 5, for populations over 5000.

    Pride of Place honours communities across the island of Ireland for their work during the Covid-19 crisis, and are known as the "Oscars of the Community Sector".

    The event was organised by Co-Operation Ireland, and local authorities across the country nominate groups in their communities who they feel have made a significant contribution, working collectively at improving their neighbourhood.

    David Mullarkey the Chair of the project for Ballina Lions Club told Midwest News today that the club has been established in Ballina for many years and have organised and assisted in a variety of projects in the area over the past twelve months.

    While Mary Fitzgerald, the Chair of the Belcarra Community Project, said they were all absolutely thrilled with the win on Saturday night and praised the local community and its input into all that is organised and available in the area.

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    The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring will perform the official opening of a new Famine Exhibition in Ballina tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) at 3pm in the Gallery Space of Ballina Civic Offices.

    The exhibition will then be open, free of charge, to the public from Monday next until March of 2019.

    It’s an initiative by Ballina Lions Club. Monies raised in donations during the exhibition will be used to assist charities addressing homelessness in the county.

    The Famine Exhibition is one of a number major famine related events that Ballina is hosting, which included the special screening of the internationally acclaimed movie Black ’47, the visit today (Friday) to Ballina of the Australian Ambassador to Ireland Richard Andrews for the unveiling of a bronze statue to “The Famine Girls” and the publication of Terry Reilly’s latest book Mayo forgotten Famine Girls,while the Jackie Clarke Museum is running an Autumn Education Series on the Famine.

    Paul Graham and Adrian Bourke are the joint Chairs of the Ballina Lions Club Famine Exhibition and they have been telling Midwest News about the exhibition which includes a short documentary, information boards about the famine and artefacts that were used in workhouses at the time that are now on display in Ballina.

  • There was success for two Mayo groups last night at the Pride of Place Awards which were held online.

    Belcarra Community Group won in the category 2 population 300 to 1000.

    Ballina Lions Club were successful in category 5 in the over 5000 population.

    Pride of Place honours communities across the island of Ireland for their work during the Covid-19 crisis, and are known as the "Oscars of the Community Sector".

    The event was organised by Co-Operation Ireland, and local authorities across the country nominate groups in their communities who they feel have made a significant contribution, working collectively at improving their neighbourhood.