"God would like to wipe the tears from their eyes, but God can't unless you are the means by which God does that and so you help to prevent blindness. You give sight to those who have cataracts, and God smiles through the tears because God has such fantastic partners - you (the Lions of South Africa)"

Bishop Desmond Tutu

The Lions and Lion Ladies of the Port Shepstone Lions Club have, over the past 4 decades, voluntarily provided a selfless service to our local communities. These are some of the recent and ongoing service projects that have been made possible by these extraordinary people...

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Food Collections

During the long weekend of 14 - 16 December, Harbourview Superspar kindly allowed Port Shepstone Lions to, once again, collect food donations for the needy. Members of the Club worked in shifts at both entrances in order to promote the project and provide descriptions of what groceries were required. The generosity of the public was extraordinary. Numerous shopping trolleys were filled and a number of cash donations were made. The cash donations were utilised to purchase additional items required and food hampers were packed by members of the club for distributed to various needy families and institutions in the Port Shepstone area. An estimated R14 750.00 value of food stuffs or around 1 150kg's of food was donated by the public - a new record!

The photo (below right) is of food being handed over to Pastor Freddie Venter of the Fountain of One Life Mission at the old Tweni Hotel.

Other food donations were made to:

St Catherine's Anglican Church Feeding Scheme.

The Old Apostolic Church Food Outreach.

The Port Shepstone Caravan Park (via The NG Church)

Hibiscus Food For Life School Feeding Scheme (Raj Mabaheer)

Sithunyuwe Bread of Life in rural Umzumbe.


Donation of Heat Pumps to Reinhardt's Place

Founded in 1994, Reinhardt’s Place is a home for mentally impaired persons of all ages and is located in Pumula on the South Coast of Kwazulu-Natal. They cater for most categories of impairments including :
Epilepsy, autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other mild to profound mental conditions.

The staff at Reinhardt’s Place are experienced and trained in all its activities with hands-on care and are themselves parents of an autistic child named Reinhardt. They have empathy with both the parents and affected loved ones. Reinhardt’s Place is totally committed, supportive and equipped to meet the needs of the residents and their relatives and everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

During the month of December, the Port Shepstone Lions Club, in conjunction with the Master Builders Association sponsored and installed 3 heat pumps at the home. One of the pumps was for the bathrooms and general use, the other for the kitchen and a special chlorine resistant heat pump was installed for the therapeutic jacuzzi used for the treatment of some of the kids.


Peace Poster Contest

The International Peace Poster contest was started in 1988 by Lions Clubs International to create and foster a spirit of understanding amongst the people of the world. The contest gives young people from all over the world an opportunity to artistically convey their vision of peace. Lions Clubs around the world proudly sponsor the contest in local schools and youth groups. The Port Shepstone Lions Club is no exception. Each year’s contest consists of an original theme incorporating peace. The theme for the 2012-2013 contest was “Imagine Peace”.

One of the regular participating schools is Suid Natal Primary. Lion Danie Van Tonder represented the Port Shepstone Lions Club as a guest of honor to present the prizes and certificates of their Peace Poster Contest at their official school prize giving ceremony on Thursday 6th December. Lion Danie was given the opportunity to address the packed hall about Lions in general, including the peace poster project and thanked the school for supporting this excellent Lions initiative. The winning poster submitted by Charles Thompson was awarded 3rd place in the District Peace Poster Competition which included posters submitted by various Lions Clubs from around Kwazulu-Natal and the Freestate.

Prize winners (L-R): Liritia Schoombie 3rd Prize, Charles Thomson
1st Prize and Cindy Mari Buitendagh 2nd Prize.
Back – Lion Danie Van Tonder and Marcell Coetzee (Suid Natal old scholar)


Youthworx is a ministry run from a house in Shelly Beach, donated by a prominent local businessman, where young people can come together in a safe environment. As a venue for youth events, Youthworx is non-denominational and open to young people from all walks of life. It is a Christian-based, principled and chaperoned facility that provides our youth with activities, functions and loads of fun in a safe, secure environment they can call their own. At Youthworx youth are exposed to biblical teachings and life skills, sound moral behaviour and positive social interaction. They are mentored and encouraged by young adults who themselves have risen through the ranks (sometimes despite their backgrounds).

The Centre is managed by a volunteer committee, who organise activities at the house itself, at the beach and at other venues in the area. Their most popular event is the Friday Night Youth, where they often cater for over 250 young people. The house has pool tables, basketball, Nintendo Wii, a skate park and other fun activities to attract young people to the centre.

In appreciation of their assistance with serving meals at the 2012 Lions Show Comedy Evening and in recognition of their outstanding service to the youth of our community, the Port Shepstone Lions Club have donated R10 000-00 to YouthworX in Shelly Beach. 3rd Vice President and Community Services Director Lion Philip Bromley visited YouthworX, gave a short talk on Lions Clubs International, their aims and objectives and handed over the cheque to Youth Leader Justin Vermeulen. YouthworX will utilise these funds for their various youth upliftment initiatives.


Annual Schools Talent Competition

The Port Shepstone Lions Club hosted their very first Schools Talent Competition at the 2012 Lions Show. The competition was held in the main entertainment tent during the morning of Sunday 29th July at the showgrounds. A total of 19 entries from 6 local High schools, namely Creston College, Marburg Secondary, Merlewood Secondary, Port Shepstone High, Hoerskool Suid Natal and Port Shepstone Secondary, participated. They all provided the delighted audience with an array of music, song and dance routines. This was a truly enjoyable experience for those who attended and it was clear that the participants had dedicated a great deal of time and effort into their respective performances.

After much deliberation, Judges Elvie Venter, Ria Hackland and James Carlson finally selected the following winners :

1st Prize – Marburg Secondary. Their group “Outlaws”, consisting of Siphokuhle Quambisa, Hopewell Nguni, Pardon Kapaso, Diligent Belfour and Nomsa Nzama performed a Hip Hop Dance and were awarded a brand new printer for the school, sponsored by Leaf Technologies, Port Shepstone, a R500-00 cash prize and a Coo-ee Hamper.

2nd Prize – Creston College. Their group “The BeatBreakers”, was a marimba band with a mix of Parlatones songs. They were awarded with a R300-00 cash prize and a Coo-ee Hamper.

3rd Prize – Port Shepstone High School. Learner Sean Wood performed the song “Stairway To Heaven” on his lead guitar. He was awarded with a R200-00 cash prize and a Coo-ee Hamper.

The winning prize of a brand new printer sponsored by Leaf Technologies was handed over by their Regional Director, Danie Van Tonder to School Principal Mr Vallee last Friday. Also present at the handover were Lion Bruce Plumbley, 2012 Lion Show Convener and the school’s contestants. The Schools Talent Show was organised and run by Lion Lady Bondi Horsley. Prize money was sponsored by the Lions, Hairy Munster Productions sponsored the technical support and Coo-ee sponsored the hampers. Port Shepstone Lions plan to hold this event Annually at their Show and involve as many local schools as possible.


Amahlube Creche

For the past 6 years, The Port Shepstone Lions have “adopted” the AmaHlube Creche which is situated in the rural area outside Marburg near Port Shepstone. The Club has already sponsored a mobile unit which houses the kitchen and eating area as well as groceries for their meals. Most of the children attending this creche are from extremely poor families and many are orphans. On Wednesday 28th November, Lions Andre Beneke and Philip Bromley visited the creche on behalf of the Club. Lion Andre, suitably dressed at Father Christmas, handed out presents to all the delighted children. For many of these children, this will be the only gift that they will receive this Christmas. The Children were also provided with sweets, cool drinks and cakes which were provided by the Port Shepstone Lions. The sheer delight on each of their faces made this project very worthwhile.


Suid Natal Primary

Another school that receives regular support from the Port Shepstone Lions Club is the Suid Natal Primary School which is sutuated in Oslo Beach, Port Shepstone. A large number of the pupils at this school come from poverty stricken families and many will not receive presents this Christmas. The Port Shepstone Lions and Lion Ladies have been visiting this school for a number of years now and providing the children with gifts and treats to celebrate the Season of Goodwill and provide some sort of comfort in these very difficult times. Once again Lion Andre Beneke donned his Santa Clause outfit and presented gifts to all the pupils. Lion Anthony Hooper and Lion Ladies Myrna Masson, Anita Hulley, Candice Hooper and Esme Bromley were also present to assist with the Christmas Party.


Reach For A Dream Foundation

2008 - Members of the Club took 11 children from St. Faiths (with life threatening illnesses) on an outing to the Silver Lake Spur in Port Shepstone and then on to Pistols in Ramsgate. The Lions met with the children at Spur Port Shepstone, where the latter served the children snacks and cool drinks and gave them balloons & colouring toys. The Spur opened earlier to accommodate this event.

Meals for the Elderly

The Port Shepstone Lion Ladies Club prepare and pack hundreds of frozen meals for the elderly which are distributed free of charge to Old Folks homes along the coast. All meals are cooked and packed in the Ladies' kitchen at the clubhouse on a monthly basis and then sent off to a cold room for storage and distribution. The cost of these meals is sponsored by the Ladies and other sponsors within our community.

Lions Crisis Centre - Port Shepstone Police Headquarters

The idea of establishing a Crisis Centre at Port Shepstone Police Station was the brainchild of two members stationed at this station, namely Sergeants Lea Beetge and Justine Groenewald. These young ladies approached the Lions Club of Port Shepstone for financial assistance and, after an intense investigation into the feasibility of this project, it was decided upon by the Club's Board of Directors that we sponsor this facility with an initial amount of R10000-00.

The Lions Club of Port Shepstone felt that a facility of this nature was of utmost importance as victims of sexual and domestic offences are severely traumatised when they arrive at the police station and the present resources do not guarantee privacy during the initial stages of reporting the crime. Privacy is of the utmost importance as the victim is not just experiencing emotional distress but embarrassment as well as shame. Therefore the need for a suitable facility arose where a victim can wait in private, where he or she can be comfortable and receive the necessary medical attention and where the interview can be conducted in privacy. The new facility was officially opened by Councillor Peppy Govender of the Hibiscus Coast Municipality on 3 May 2000.

The Lions Club of Port Shepstone and the following sponsors generously assisted with the success of this project :

Mike Mather-Pike : MP Electrical; M-Electrical; Car Plates & Signs; Doug Whittle - Lightning Screeners; Glassfit Port Shepstone; Lion Denis Meyer : Project Co-ordinator; Lion Paul Brauteseth (wheeling & dealing); Lion Rob Bing (woodworker whizzkid); Lion Otto Wank (master plumber)

The Lions Club of Port Shepstone are proud to be associated with this wonderful project.


Louisiana Primary School

The Port Shepstone Lion Ladies have identified Louisiana Primary School, a school for underprivileged children, as one of their projects and provided the pupils with new jerseys to keep them warm during the Chilly winter months. These jerseys were knitted by the ladies at the Flower Foundation and the funding of the wool and accessories was provided by the Lions Club. At a ceremony held at the school the Grade 1 & 2 pupils sand specially composed "Thank You Lions" songs followed by an appreciation speech by Portia Mkhize and Principal PK Appalraju. One of the guests, Pastor O'Driscoll, gave a speech on how wonderful the Lions Clubs International organisation is and added that Lions also give much assistance to the Salvation Army in the UK.

The school has also received donations of school uniforms and sports wear from the Club.

The Lion Ladies continue to monitor and assist the school on a regular basis and also provide ongoing assistance with regard to a feeding scheme.


Port Shepstone Provincial Hospital - Childrens' Ward

The Port Shepstone Lion Ladies have also recently painted and improved the facilities at the Children's Ward at the Local Provincial Hospital and regularly visit the ward together with the Port Shepstone High School Leos Club in order to attend to he many needs of the children. Many of these children have been severely neglected and are in need of love. The contributions of both the Ladies Club and Leos have made a difference in their lives. These children are regularly visited and presented with gifts, especially at Christmas time.

Reach For a Dream Foundation

One of our long serving members, Lion (Dr) Hilton Horsley has served as a National Director for the Reach For A Dream Foundation for many years. As a result of his commitments, The Port Shepstone Lions Club has, for a number of years, sponsored an unforgettable holiday by the seaside for terminally ill children and their families together with the assistance of numerous generous local businesses.

The Club has also, on numerous occasions, sponsored holidays to the seaside for underprivileged children from various parts of the Country.

Lions Roar Out Against Crime

The members of the Lions Club of Port Shepstone have decided to stand together with our Communities and voice our concerns regarding the escalating violent crime that has had a direct impact on so many innocent, law-abiding citizens within our community.
Club President Johann du Plessis stated, "We as Lions, need to stand together with our communities and remind everyone to be alert and to take the necessary steps to ensure that we don't invite criminals to operate freely!"
The Club has produced two perspex plaques, as seen in the photos to the right, to create awareness.
Members of the Club have been seen erecting and distributing these plaques in areas such as Supermarkets, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Business places and even in Public toilets.
By promoting awareness throughout our community, the Lions Club of Port Shepstone are living up to their motto "We Serve".

Zakheleni Creche - Gamalakhe

The Port Shepstone Lions Club allocated R50 000-00 for this project. The entire complex has been virtually rebuilt. Major changes include the building of an additional room and toilet facilities. An awning has also been installed by Trellidor. The entire complex has also been repainted. A new fence with gates has been erected around the complex for security. Playing apparatus has been erected for the children to play on. An electrical geyser has been installed. This creche caters for +/- 50 children.


Mkholombe Creche - Gamalakhe

The Port Shepstone Lions Club has allocated R43 500 of which R5000 to be managed by the Port Shepstone Leos Club. Intentions are to provide a 6m x 6m canopy to existing container and a concrete slab under same. A VIP toilet is also under construction as well as an 8m x 3m block building to house +/- 12 babies currently housed in a wattle & daub hut with earth floor. Attached will be a store for kids furniture. The whole site has been fenced with a steel vehicular gate. Potable water has been brought to site and an 8kl tank installed. An external wash basin is also being installed. The Port Shepstone Leos are to paint the buildings, plant fruit trees and provide drawing materials. This creche caters for +/- 40 children.


Inkanyezi Creche - Oshabeni

During 2007, the Inkanyezi Creche in Oshabeni burnt to the ground leaving the children and volunteer parents stranded without this vital facility. The Lions Club of Port Shepstone decided to arrange and deliver 2 container rooms which can be used for classrooms and catering as well as new toilet facilities and a water tank. A roof will also be erected outside the containers where the children can play in the shade on very hot days. Funds generated from the 2007 Lions Show and generous Show sponsorships from UGU District Municipality were used to pay for these items donated, the cost of which amounted to in excess of R50 000-00. The Club would also like to express their gratitude to Multicrop for the transportation fo these items. This creches caters for +/- 30 children.



Vikings Rugby Development Academy - Norwegian Settlers Church

A new Cabin has been erected by the Port Shepstone Lions Club for Rugby development at the Vikings Rugby Academy in Marburg. The cost of this new facility amounted to R140 000-00. This facility will be utilized to house youth who participate in the ongoing Rugby development courses that take place at the academy.


The Port Shepstone Lions Club provides ongoing support to the following local organisations :

S.A. Guide Dogs Association

The Association for the Disabled (KZN)

Mbango Home Care (For the Aged) (Web Site)

South Coast Hospice

The Genesis Centre (Web Site)

Reach For Recovery Breast Cancer Support Group

The Cancer Association of South Africa



People's Rescue

Schools Feeding and upliftment Schemes

Annual Book Prizes for all local schools

Red Cross

Lions Operation BrightSight

Higher Ground

Port Shepstone Child & Family Care Centre

South Coast Place of Safety

Diabetes Camps

This page is dedicated to the Lion Ladies' Club of Port Shepstone whose support and dedication to serving are an inspiration to us all.