President: Andea Hespel | Secretary: Lynne Fouche Treasurer: Jenny Niemand

Food Project

In every community there are those who, through illness, poverty, natural disasters or other problems, find difficulty in feeding their families.   While it would be impossible for a small entity, such as the Lions Club of Hout Bay, to solve such a monumental problem on its own, we do as much as we can with our limited resources.

 The population of Hout Bay has grown from about 5 000 in the 80”s to approximately  60 000 in 2012. Amongst those immigrants are many destitute persons, with many children, and with the lack of employment opportunities are dependent on food distribution. 

Virtually since the Club was chartered in 1966 Lions have been collecting food from various sources and redistributing it to the needy.  With the flood of poor people into the cities to seek work the number of needy has increased beyond anyone’s expectations and the food gathering has had to increase to try to match this. 

Dedicated Lions collect and arrange collection of food, every day except Sunday from local supermarkets and once a week from a central depot in Wynberg. This food is then delivered to a number of points by Lions and various other charities in HoutBay, from where it is redistributed to where it is most needed.  These points include soup kitchens, several crèches and pre-schools, clinics, welfare organisations, community upliftment projects and, in some cases, to the homes of those unable to fetch it themselves. 


Health and Welfare

Past President Liz Huckle’s portfolio covers a wide range of activities that include: 

  • Distribution of adult nappies for indigent, bedridden patients
  • Distribution of condoms to taxi ranks, shebeens and public toilets
  • Purchase and delivery of food for TB patients and transport to hospital
  • Arranging the allocation and repair of wheelchairs, walking aids etc.
  • Obtaining and delivering clothes, furniture and mattresses to the needy
  • Liaising with another Lions Club for hearing aids for senior citizens 

TB is an ever present problem in our community and Lions are countering this disease by transporting patients to the hospital for treatment and advising simple changes to diet.  Lion Liz takes a personal interest in this project and provides sandwiches to patients before they leave for the hospital, to ensure they don’t take medication on an empty stomach.  

In addition Lion Liz chairs the Community Health Forum and attends monthly health related committee meetings around the Peninsula and keeps an eye on the needs of the Main Road Clinic.   

Her active involvement with the Senior Citizens and the Bethesda Club for the Disabled goes back more years than she cares to remember!


Bursary Fund

Some years ago the Lions Club of Hout Bay was approached by a single mother who wanted to know if there was any way the Lions could help her to raise enough money for her son to study electrical engineering.  That request brought into focus the need to establish a Bursary Fund to help deserving students to fulfil their dreams. 

Since those far off days the Club has helped many post-matriculants gain places at various colleges.  Sometimes the help is with fees, sometimes with stationery and books, occasionally with transport.  In return we expect regular progress reports from both the student and the college, to show that the student is attending classes and studying diligently to achieve good results.  In addition we like to see that the students and their parents are making some efforts of their own to meet their financial commitments. 

The wide range of subjects studied include engineering and accountancy, the hospitality industry, nursing, secretarial studies and para-medic qualifications. 

On the whole, apart from one or two bad choices over the years, we are very pleased with the achievements of our bursary students and feel proud of the way they are making their way in the world, helped by the initial support of the Lions.


James House

Lion, Andrey Semenko, on a daily basis over the past ten years has been involved in various activities in the James House from having been a board member to acting as Managing Director. His main focus however is and always has been in the education of children. Supervising and helping with homework, liasing with teachers, and finding people willing to sponsor children school fees is always an important rol

In addition to his involvement as a Lion, the Lions Club of Hout Bay over the years has also made substantial financial contributions to assist James House with various projects and improvements.

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