ABOUT US

MISSION

To establish a mobile Skin Cancer Skin Check and Awareness Unit in Victoria and Southern New South Wales with related skin check facilities provided by accredited trained professional Dermoscopists and other appropriately qualified personnel.

BACKGROUND

Formed in 2019, the Lions V Districts Cancer Foundation seeks to take a leading role in improving skin cancer awareness through skin screenings and the provision of information and support.

Successful in gaining Charity Status in 2020, funds are being gathered to build, resource and operate a mobile Skin Check Unit.

The Districts of Lions International in Victoria and Southern New South Wales have identified a distinct need for a mobile skin cancer check and awareness unit to operate across Victoria and, in particular, in remote areas and towns and centres not serviced, or fully serviced, by dermatologists or other skin specialists.

Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world. This is nothing to be proud of. With our love of the outdoors and our, at times, harsh climate, as a people we are often exposed to the dangers of excessive amounts of ultra violet radiation.

Despite many campaigns and promotions, people remain ambivalent to checking for possible lesions, and attitudes about sun protection and prevention remain mixed – with many people still not taking adequate measures to protect themselves.

Accessibility to skin checks and, in turn, to skin specialists is limited. GP’s with suitable vision magnification tools can help, but this method is not as accurate as the use of a dermoscope by a trained practitioner, and still presumes that people are requesting a check of their skin. People living in regional areas are more at risk, with mortality rates higher in those areas, which can be attributed to a higher proportion of outdoor workers, poor accessibility to dermatologists and inadequate approaches to sun protection.

PATRON AND AMBASSADOR

Patron: Mr Frank Costa AO (deceased)

We are pleased to announce our patron – Mr Frank Costa AO. Frank is a well known community identity, who has received numerous awards for his contributions to society. Frank is committed to our project and is keen to offer his full backing and support.

Ambassador: Mr David Mann AM

We welcome David Mann as our ambassador. David received a member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community of Victoria, particulalry through charitable organisations, to business and to the promotions and marketing sector. David’s broad networks and commitment to this cause will be huge assistance to its success.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Chairperson: Mr Bruce Hudgson

A life member of Lions Clubs International and an Ambassador of Goodwill, Bruce is a past Council Chairman of Lions Australia and past District Governor of District V2. Bruce is currently serving as Chairperson of the ANZI-Pacific Area Forum Executive Standing Committee and has held many District and International portfolios. Following his retirement from the Australian Fertiliser Industry, he continues to support the industry by chairing the boards of two Companies.

Secretary: Delwyn Seebeck

Delwyn has been a member of the Lions Club of Forrest & District for 27 years, where she has taken an active role and has undertaken all executive roles over the years. Serving on District V2 Cabinet for 9 years, Delwyn was Cabinet Secretary for 2 terms, and is the District Governor Elect for 2020-2021. Delwyn’s service has been recognised with a number of awards, including a Melvin Jones Fellowship, 2 DG’s Star Awards, and IP Dr Naresh Aggarwal Distinguished Leadership Medal. As a retired dairy farmer, Delwyn has advocated for the industry over many years and continues to serve as a Board member of the Rural Financial Counselling Service. 

Treasurer: Joanne McNammara

Joanne is a member of the Lions Club of Nillumbik.  As a qualified bookkeeper, she previously served as Cabinet Treasurer for Lions District 201v5 for 5 years.  Currently, she is the Treasurer for 4 community organisations.  For her services to Lions she has been awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship.

Business Development: Phil Clinkaberry

A recently retired primary school principal, Phil is a grass roots Lions member. Currently he is first Vice President and Secretary for his local club, Taylors Lakes, and has also taken on the District role of Zone Chairperson, supporting seven clubs from Lions District V1-4. Phil’s service has been recognised with a James D Richardson Honour Award and  Community Service Award.

Professional Development: Pat Mills

A retired nurse, who continues to have a strong connection with community health, Pat is a Board member of Box Hill Lions, where she has assumed various executive roles since joining in 2007. Pat is past District Governor of District V5 and has undertaken many key roles in her District since 2008. Nationally, Pat is the current Diabetes Awareness Chairperson, having undertaken other national chairperson and committee roles since 2012. Pat’s service has been recognised with a range of awards at club, district and international level.

Trustee: Murray Baud

A Lions since 2010, Murray is a Past District Governor of District V1-4, and is currently the District Leadership Team Coordinator.   Retiring to Inglewood after a long employment in telecommunications and mobile network engineering, he has participated in fundraising and driving community projects such as the Eucalyptus Distillery Museum and new Community Hub building.  He occupies various roles for committees in the community and is current Board Chairman of the Inglewood Community Bank.

Trustee: Ian Gration

Ian has been a Lions Club member for the past 25 years. During this time he has belonged to three clubs and served both Lions and the communities proudly. Ian has served on the District V3 Cabinet since 2006 and has served in many and varied cabinet positions. He had the honour of being elected to the position of District Governor for Lions District V3 for the Lions year 2015-2016 and has received numerous awards recognising his commitment, contributions and service.

Trustee: Barry Higgins

A life Member and Melvin Jones Fellow, Barry is a Lion of 36 years as a member of Echuca Lions Club, and Past District Governor of V6 – 96/97, in Australian Lions 50th year. He has been on District Cabinet for many years holding portfolios including Campaign Sight First Chairman and Convention Chairman, as well as Chairman of the V Governors. His involvement in National Lions includes Mint Chairman for Victoria and Tasmania, Redistricting Committee and Chairman of the National Convention 2016. Now retired from business he has many roles within his local community

coordinators

Skin Check and Dermoscopists Coordinator: Wendy Hellebrand

Truck / Unit & Driver Coordinator: Mr David Underhay

WHAT we do

Screening

The mobile unit will travel around Victoria and into Southern New South Wales, conducting skin screenings for free. Trained dermoscopists, that is people trained in the skill of using a magnifying instrument specifically designed to get a close up view of the skin and skin lesions, will conduct the screenings and will determine if there are any suspect lesions. In the event that any skin lesions are identified that may require further attention, the dermoscopist provides the client with a referral. It is not their task to diagnose – simply to check and refer on.

CLUB INVOLVEMENT

Lions Clubs from across the V Dstricts (Victoria and Southern NSW) will be encouraged to book the mobile unit and will, when given a booking, assist the program by providing publicity, assisting with scheduling and prvoviding assitance and care for the volunteers operating the mobile unit. In effect, a visit by the van becomes a local service project for the club – and with logistics and planning being conducted in partnership with the mobile unit management.

skin cancer awareness

A very important element of this project is the enhancement of awareness of the general public to the dangers of excessive skin exposure and the important need to both engage in self checking of skin and seeking regular skin checks. Each visit to a town or area will be a focal point for positive publicity about avoiding skin cancer.