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What We Do

Below are just some of the initiatives that
the Bray Lions Club are involved in ...

(We will gladly accept donations towards these projects)




Anti-Bullying Leaflets


Lions Clubs launched a major national Bullying Information Campaign at Leinster House in February 2015. To date, Bray Lions Club have distributed over 5,000 of these leaflets to students in schools across Bray, Greystones and Kilcoole.


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AsIAm.ie

AsIAm.ie is an Autism Spectrum Information Advice and Meeting point set up by our club's former Young Ambassador, Adam Harris. Our club has helped to fund the start up of this very worthy, non-profit organisation, which aims to provide a one-stop shop for the Autism community in Ireland. From providing the public and those with the condition to a portal of information about Autism, to serving as a platform for people affected by Autism to share their stories and views, to providing a strong voice for the concerns of the community. AsIAm.ie has it all!


Click here to visit AsIAm.ie

Adam on The Saturday Night Show, RTE





Carers' Weekend

Bray Lions Club have enabled a number of local carers to participate in special carers' weekend trips, during which they can enjoy a break from their caring duties, participate in workshops, and share their experiences with other carers.







Christmas Food Appeal


In December, you will find Bray Lions collecting food and donations in SuperValu (formerly Superquinn) in Bray for Christmas Hampers which are distributed to those in need in Bray with the help of local St. Vincent de Paul volunteers.

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Darkness Into Light

Bray Lions Club are very proud to help promote and marshall the 5km Walk/Run each year in May. It starts in the darkness hours of the night-time and finishes as day breaks. It is in aid of Pieta House, Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre.

What started in 2009 as a small event featuring 400 participants in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, Darkness Into Light has grown be a symbol of hope and a celebration of life, the event is now celebrated in 80 venues in Ireland and much further afield, with over 200,000 participants in 2018.

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Diabetes Screening

Diabetes is one of the biggest causes of blindness in Ireland. The Lions Diabetes Screening programme will detect people with undiagnosed diabetes and get them to the treatment which may save their lives, save their sight or save their limbs.

A free diabetes screening service is run by the Bray Lions a number of times during the year. These screenings are usually run in Tesco Bray, and members of the public are screened by volunteer nurses with instant results. The process involves a tiny pin-prick to the finger, and the patient is given their blood-sugar level. On average 250 people take part in each screening, and we refer about 3% to GP services.

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Dream Auction

Our Dream Auction takes place in the run up to Christmas each year since 2006. Over the last few years we have had many unusual auction items including a 5000-word memoir/biography written by a journalist, dinner for 8 cooked in your house by a professional chef, and a day power-boating, along with many items for under 10 Euro !!


Drug Awareness

Bray Drugs Awareness Forum is supported and funded by Bray Local Drugs Task Force and includes reps from Bray Town Council, the Gardai, Bray Youth Service, Bray Lions Club and other Community Groups.

The main focus of the Forum and Drug Awareness Month is to raise an awareness around drugs and drug related issues that affect local young people and the wider community of Bray.

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Golf Outing

Bray Lions Club has run this event since almost every year since 1989 and to date have raised in excess of Euro 250,000 in sponsorship. Since 1991, the event has been a Fourball Scramble and we have found it to be the most enjoyable. This is witnessed by the fact that the same smiling faces turn up year after year.

We would like to thank all those you have supported this event throughout the years. Your support is genuinely appreciated and the funds raised from this allow us to carry out much of our good work throughout the year.

The event is hosted by Bray Golf Club.


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Ladies Mini-Marathon

Each year, family and friends of the Bray Lions Club take part in the Flora Women's Mini-Marathon in Dublin to help raise funds for the club.


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Message in a Bottle

'Message in a Bottle' is an Emergency Information Scheme.

It simply directs the emergency services to information stored in a plastic bottle which is kept in the fridge; vulnerable people or those with a medical condition can enter their details on the form inside the bottle. It will include a photograph, health details, emergency contact, doctor, whether there are pets that need looking after and much more which will assist the Emergency Services.

The bottles, message forms and service are free of charge to the public and are funded by Bray Lions Clubs.

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New Year's Day Swim

For over 35 years, the New Year's Day Swim has taken place in Bray raising much needed funds for a wide variety of local charities.

Over the years, almost Euro 350,000 has been raised for numerous local charities.

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PAWS (Youth Project)


The PAWS Project (Promoting Awareness, Working & Supporting Bray Lions Club) has been in operation for a number of years. It aims to help the young people to help their community by getting involved and helping the Bray Lions with a number of projects, including the Clean Sweep of Bray.





Peace Poster

The International Peace Poster Competition is an event run by Lions Clubs across the world in October each year. Bray Lions run a regional competition among local primary schools, with a prize-giving night in St. Cronan's School, where all of the entries are displayed. Winning entries are forwarded to district level and if successful, they go on to the international final.

Some of our previous winners are shown here.


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School Debating

For many years, the Bray Lions Club has run a debating competition among local secondary schools in Bray, and more recently Greystones and Kilcoole.

Secondary school debating teams are invited to compete in the Pat Cassidy Memorial Debate which, named after one of our past presidents, is held annually, and is kindly supported by
Bray Toastmasters.





Sight First Campaign

Lions Clubs across the world have saved the sight of over 27 million people. As one of Lions International's most notable programs, SightFirst funds efforts to fight the major causes of preventable and reversible blindness and provide services to persons who are blind or have a visual impairment. This is accomplished through the support of eye health care delivery systems, training and infrastructure development. Bray Lions Club continues to support this international campaign to end avoidable blindness.


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Spectacle Recycling

Throughout the year, Bray Lions Club collects used eyeglasses and delivers them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Most of the recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact.

Bray Lions have sent thousands of used spectacles to the Third World where they can be used to improve the sight of young and old. If you have a pair to spare, drop them into
Bray Recycling Centre or one of the supporting opticians around Bray.



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St. Patrick's Day

Over the past number of years, the Lions have taken part in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Bray to thank the public for their support in the many projects carried out by Bray Lions Club.


In 2014, Bray Lions Club lead the parade, when one of our members, Karl O Broin, was the Parade Grand Marshall. Karl had been named Bray Person of the Year the previous year.


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Student of the Year

Each year, the Bray Lions Club presents the Student of the Year trophy to worthy students in many of the local secondary schools. The club doesn't participate in the selection, leaving that to the schools. Many of the recipients are awarded the honour not just on the basis of their school-work, but also due to their commitment in the field of community service.


Trabolgan Senior Citizens' Holiday

In June each year, Bray Lions Club along with Lions Clubs across Ireland, bring a group of senior citizens to Trabolgan, Co. Cork for a well deserved holiday. Up to 800 'old or lonely' are brought together by Lions Clubs around Ireland for a week. They enjoy many activities; aqua aerobics, sing-songs, dancing, swimming and bingo to name but a few, as well as accommodation, full board and transport.


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Welfare



Where the need arises, Bray Lions Club, along with other charitable organisations such as the St. Vincent de Paul help families who are in need of assistance. Lions Club members also volunteer in other projects such as 'Meals on Wheels'.




Young Ambassador

Every year, Bray Lions Club selects its Young Ambassador who represents the Club at further stages of this multi-national competition. Young men and women, who have reached their 15th birthday but have not yet reached their 19th birthday on 30th June are eligible to apply. Ideally they should be involved in community or charity work and be good communicators. Attractive prizes and travel opportunities are available to winners.


In 2013, Bray Lions Club's Young Ambassador Adam Harris won the UK & Ireland Ambassador Award and came 3rd in the European Final in Istanbul, Turkey. Previous Bray Lions Club Young Ambassadors incude Clare Brady, who founded Bray Lakers.


Applicants for this prestigious role should email the Bray Lions Club at
braylionsclub@gmail.com


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Youth Football

Bray Lions Club sponsors a youth team to enter the Lions Ireland competition. We are very appreciative of the support of Ardmore Rovers in Bray.


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