Lions Cancer Institute attends the Adelaide ANZII Forum

The decision by the Board of the Lions Cancer Institute to support a team to attend with the screening coach turned out to be an excellent decision – the resulting public relations exercise was in a word "SPECTACULAR".

PDG’s Darrel Mainard and Garry Irvine drove the coach and arrived with the usual layer of ‘bugs’ covering the windscreen and so headed off to the prescribed truck wash organized for us. Peppers Truck Wash , owned by a man who used to be a Lion, they very kindly washed the unit and evened blackened the tyres all at no cost !! From there we travelled into the city and the ANZII Committee had arranged for us to park right opposite the Hilton Hotel on Victoria Square – perfection personified – the buses, the trains and the cycling and walking public all could hardly have missed us.

With Colin, wife Sue and Meg we set up the free skin cancer screening over the 3 days of the Forum ( stats below.) We were busy and screened both Lions and members of the public, Lions from Europe, Indonesia, New Zealand and the USA all went through – however the prize for us was International President Joe and his wife who were greatly impressed and both queried why they didn’t have such a Lions project in their country. IP Barry ensured that the President got to visit and we were grateful for his participation.

Thanks to a Lion who runs a radio programme in Victoria, she interviewed Colin and we were advised that her talk with Macca on Sunday morning where she gave us a huge wrap was heard Australia wide.

We moved off to Port Pirie on the Monday morning and screened there for the next 2 days (stats below). Whilst there we had a visit from the ABC ‘s 7.30 Report crew and Simon Royal did an interview and shot film from inside and outside the coach and we were told that it will go to air Friday 12th Sept as part of the 7.30 Report. In addition the local TV station put us to air that night and Colin starred during the news.

The Wednesday and Thursday were spent in Port Augusta where another highly successful screening was carried out, very well organized again by the local Lions Club. At both the venues the local Clubs hosted us brilliantly.

So many times we were quizzed with “so when are you coming back? “sadly, unlikely but with the excellent work done in South Australia by Lions like PDG Marilyn     husband PDG Mike, PDG Garth Beckwith  and their committee they will have their own screening facility eventually and we will continue to support them as they develop the project in their State. Also inquiries came from Delegates from the other States so our attendance generated some very valuable attention..

Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen – money couldn’t buy the public relations benefit we achieved. Not just for the Institute but for Lions generally.

PDG Garry K Irvine

                   

SUMMARY OF SCREENINGS DURING ANZI TRIP TO SA

 
           

Location

No. Screened

N. Referred

No. Lesions

No. Suspect Life threatening

No. Never screened before

ANZI

287

42

60

37

162

Pt. Pirie

158

37

54

42

99

Pt. Augusta

207

32

41

20

126

           

Totals

652

111

155

99

387

 

                          

 

 

         

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