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We meet in Burrendale Hotel and SPA every second Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm. Coffee Morning every last Thursday of the month at 11am in different venues agreed at the regular monthly meeting.


Lion Emma presenting a scholarship donation to student Tebith, also in the photograph, President Lion Prash, Lion Amali, Lion Emma, Tebith, Lion Muthu & Lion Kanis

As well as being an associate member of Newcastle Lions Club, Lion Emma Chestnutt is also a full member of the Lions Club of Colombo Alexandrite Sri Lanka . Over the past couple of years Emma has spent a lot of time in Sri Lanka where she has worked hard to fund raise and also raise awareness of the plight of the people of Colombo and the work of the local Lions Club in helping them.

Recently Emma returned to Sri Lanka, while there Emma visited an orphanage and a plantation and while attending the Lions Club , meeting a young boy who has just started university, we gifted him a scholarship which will enable him to continue with his studies.

One project that really struck a cord with Emma was the idea of a breakfast club. Today in the UK due to the current economic hardship, the most often used sentence is, heat or eat . Because of this many schools have introduced a free breakfast club to help children maybe get only one meal per day. In Sri Lanka because education is so important, parents have to make a choice pay school fees or eat. With the intention of minimising child hunger and to feed the needy the Lions Club International and Lions Clubs in Sri Lanka have joined with the Ministry of Education to launch a special project called ‘Fight child hunger’. Thousands of children go to school hungry so it is the intention to serve a meal to school children across the country.

Newcastle Lions thank Emma also President Prash and the Lions of Alexandrite for the great work which they do and hopes, our club can continue to help when possible. You can find more information about the Alexandrite Club at

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In response to a previous high use of defibrillators in Newcastle, Lion and T Gem defib guardians arranged a an awareness and fund raising week end at Base Coffee, The agenda for the two days was to help the public become aware of the use of defibrillators located in Newcastle and to to offer non certified defib and CPR awareness training at a future date in April 2023. The group also hoped to raise some funds to help pay for maintenance of the Lions Defibrillators.

The agenda was quickly altered with the news of the terrible earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria. The Lions over the week end were able to adapt their fund raising and were amazed at the generosity of the public who donated to the earthquake appeal to help the people of Turkey and Syria. Lion Clubs in Ireland are all doing their bit to try to raise funds for this crisis appeal. The donation which they will make will be added to to the $200,000 Major Catastrophe Grant that Lions Clubs International Foundation that has made to Lions in Turkey and other impacted areas to help their communities recover. As part of the week end, Lions and T Gem volunteers were also able to continue with their defibrillator and CPR awareness.

Photograph Lions Robin Mc Caren, Jeanine Knight and Lion President Liz Murphy, collecting at Base Coffee .

In Newcastle there are ten defibrillators located in yellow boxes, that are maintained by the charity Newcastle Lions Club.

An unknown fact is that bar one, every single defibrillator since 2018 has been used on at least one occasion to try or actually save someone's life, and in some cases , during the period of a year, on three different people.

Once the defibrillator has been used, then battery, life saving sticky pads and hygiene pack must be replaced.

To help with this the Lions and T Gem are running a defibrillator awareness and fund raising campaign. On Saturday and Sunday 11th & 12th February at Base Coffee Main Street Newcastle through Charlie Magennis’s support, you can make a donation towards maintaining the defibrillators. The Lions and T Gem will be present to take names and mobile no. if you would like minimal CPR training, to be arranged at a later date . There will be a mannequin on display which is used for CPR training. Also on the 17th March in the Harbour Inn, there will be a pub quiz also in aid of defibrillator funds.

T Gem and Base unite to raise awareness of defibrillator use, in the photograph:

Lions Marian Mc Greevy, Tom Hughes, Linda Edgar TGem, Lion Dan O'Reilly , Paul Tumelty Base Coffee, Jennifer Speers T Gem and Lion Robin Mc Caren and Lion President Liz Murphy.

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