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N3 Diabetes Foundation

Objective
The aim of the Lions District 201N3 Diabetes Foundation is to fund research into the causes and treatment of diabetes
    • Total grants made by the Foundation since its inception up to June 2015 has been  $708,153

Background: 
  • The Foundation was setup 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 Earthquake Disaster Appeal. 
  • The Foundation is governed by elected Trustees and owns a company - Diabetes Care (Newcastle) Pty Limited - of which the Trustees are Directors.
  • Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible..
Research Projects:
 
Over the last few years the Foundation has funded 7 research projects being carried out under the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) to the value of $265,000. A further $20,000 has been provided to HMRI at the annual Grants Night in November 2015.
 
The projects are as follows:-
  • Pathogenesis of Plasma CD36 Microparticles in Mediating Complications of Type 2 Diabetes   [Principal investigator: Dr Rick Thorne & Co-Researcher Dr Lisa Lincz (awarded $98,000 over two years)]

  • Feasibility and efficacy of a diet and exercise prevention program for men at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes [Principal investigator: Professors Robin Callister; Co-researchers Professors Philip Morgan, Clare Collins & Ron Plotnikoff and Mr Elroy Aguiar (initially awarded $51,960; a long-term follow up of the program was awarded $25,000) ]
  • Investigating the basis for diabetes-associated gastric motility disorders [Principal investigator: Associate Professor Dirk Van Helden; Co-researcher Associate Professor Derek Laver  (awarded $10,000)  ]
  • The effectiveness of feasible physical activity population-based approaches for inactive adults with Type 2 Diabetes: a pilot study assessing tailored and preference modes of delivery [Principal investigator Professor Ron Plotnikoff (Awarded $40,000 in 2013)  ]
  • Effects two different diets on inflammatory and oxidative stress biomarker responses to exercise in overweight men and women Principal investigator Professor Robin Callister, Co-researchers Associate Professor Lisa Wood, Professor Clare Collins (Awarded$25,000 in 2013) ]

  • What is different about red blood cells in people with type 2 diabetes? [ Principal investigator Dr Lisa Lincz; Co-researcher Dr Rick Thorne (Awarded $50,000 in 2014)]

Further details of these projects are outlined here.  

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 Committee of Management.
  • The Trustees of the Foundation (and Directors of the Company) are PDG Ted Hyham (Chairman), Lions Jim Cowburn & Stephen Box. . 
  • The Trustees have appointed Lions  PDG John Hayes OAM , Max Holmes, Lyle Constable & Geoffrey Boyton to be members of the Committee of Management.  
  • The Honorary Secretary of both the Company and the Foundation is Lion Stephen Box.

Funding sources

The Foundation has a series of interest-bearing investments.  Donations are also received from individual Lions Clubs.

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 2015 were $622,104.   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. 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 for  HERE and attach $1000 donation to the Foundation to the application.
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