Diabetes Foundation


The aims of the Lions Australia Diabetes Foundation are

· to fund research into the causes and treatment of diabetes

· to raise awareness and provide education to the end that there may be improved care for people who have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes


  • The Lions District 201N3 Diabetes Foundation was set up in 1993 as a result of a resolution of the Lions District 201N3 Convention in 1992. It was initially funded by funds leftover from the finalisation of the 1989 Newcastle Earth-quake Disaster Appeal.

  • The Foundation’s name was changed in 2019 to recognise the support that the Foundation receives from Lions, Lioness and Leo clubs throughout Australia.

  • The Foundation is governed by elected Trustees.

Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible.

Grants approved by the foundation in 2021 totalled $71,572 :-

    • Research Projects:

    • · $31,486 to Hunter Medical Research Institute for Dr Carmel Smart to fund research into encouraging physical activity in very young children with Type 1 diabetes;

    • · $31,386 to Hunter Medical Research Institute for Prof. Vivien Chuter to fund research into predicting and preventing amputation in people with peripheral artery disease and diabetes related foot ulcer.

    • Other Grants:

    • $1,200 to Diabetes NSW to provide a Canberra resident with constant glucose monitoring consumables for 12 months;

    • · $2,500 to Type1 Foundation to support a dietician attending the Camp Koala camp for diabetic teenagers;

    • · $5,000 to Hervey Bay Hospital to provide a blood analyser and associated equipment for the diabetes unit;

Since 1994, the Foundation has paid out a total of $960,066 in Grants.

Trustees & Management Committee

Three trustees are elected by the District Convention to serve 3 year terms (one elected each year). The Trust Deed also provides for the appointment of a Committee of Management.

  • The Trustees of the Foundation are PDG Ted Hyham (Chairman), Lions Jim Cowburn & Stephen Box.

  • The Trustees have appointed Lions Max Holmes, Lyle Constable, Geoffrey Boyton and PDG Noelene Heggart to be members of the Committee of Management.

  • The Honorary Secretary of the Foundation is Lion Stephen Box.

Funding sources

The Foundation receives income from investments. Donations received from individual Lions, Clubs throughout Australia totalled $58,716 in year ended June 2021.

The income of the Foundation is exempt from income tax. The Foundation is registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient and is registered for GST. The Foundation is also exempt from NSW Stamp Duty.

The net assets of the Foundation at end June 2021 were $1,004,131 . A copy of the latest Annual report and financial statements is available for inspection by contacting the Secretary at PO Box 455 Mayfield NSW 2304.

John Hayes Honour Award

The Foundation has established the John Hayes Honour Award scheme, which enables Lions Clubs to honour worthy individuals by making a donation of $1,000 or more to the Foundation. The recipient of the award receives a handsome plaque, which is forwarded to the club secretary for presentation. The donation may be made over 2 successive years.

The award is named after PDG Lion John Hayes OAM, whose vision inspired the creation of the Foundation in 1993 and who served as chairman of the Foundation from April 1993 to April 2014. He continued as a member of the Committee of Management until his passing 29 April 2019. John was District Governor of District 201N3 in 1989-1990, during which time the “Newcastle Earthquake” occurred. John led the Lions’ contribution to the alleviation of distress caused by the ’quake, and the Foundation arose from the funds left over from the Lions Earthquake Appeal.

  • To recognise someone with a PDG John Hayes Honour Award,

  • Download Application Form from HERE and mail with your $1000 donation to the Secretary of the Foundation.

  • Alternatively, you can forward the payment electronically to:

  • BSB 032-569, account no. 580405, and forward the application to the Foundation’s e-mail address: diabetes@ozemail.com.au

Diabetes Foundation Educational brochure

The Foundation has produced a (downloadable) brochure explaining some educational aspects of Diabetes and some information about the Foundation.

: ‘Towards a national Type 1 diabetes screening program for children’ - Walter & Eliza Hall Institute project received funding of $28,750 from the LADF in February 2022. See their research update HERE

To Apply for a Grant ...- Download Grant Application Form here

Contact Addresses : Email: diabetes@ozemail.com.au

Postal: The Secretary, PO Box 455, Mayfield NSW 2304