The Lions Cord Blood Foundation Inc. was initiated in 1996 by Lion Laurie Denton (deceased) a former member of the Lions Club of Waverley Inc. Managed by the Lions Club of Waverley Inc.V5. A District Project of 201V5 and since the Multiple District Convention in Queensland in 2006 the Foundation continues as a Category B Project until June 2020.
Aims of the Foundation
To continue its funding for a research microbiologist whose primary purpose is to carry out research on the cord blood samples with the view of improving the quality of the samples thus improving their effectiveness in overcoming diseases such as leukaemia and other blood disorders especially in children.
Quality of samples extends to the great expansion in the application of stem cells derived from cord blood samples to treat other diseases, for people of all ages, such as those affecting the heart, liver, nerve, muscle, lung and pancreas. $120,000 has been allocated this year for this purpose.
To continue increasing the quantity of cord blood samples by paying for a cord collection nurse dedicated to preparing quality cord blood samples as soon as possible after the birth of the babies. Increased of samples will improve the genetic matching of recipients to donors of the samples and thus improve the success rate of overcoming diseases. $75,000 was donated by Lions for cord collection nurses in 2016-17.
To improve the methods of identifying samples with the highest white cell counts and suitability for transplantation. Currently the Foundation has partially funded an up to date database system which greatly increases access to suitable cord blood samples and for the first time will include both Melbourne and Sydney samples leading the way to a future national database system. Up to $100,000 has been allocated for this purpose.
To assist with the funding of equipment such as cryogenic tanks, cryo shippers, centrifuges, etc., when requested by the Cord Blood Bank.
The Foundation raises funds and awareness through guest speaking, The Lion magazine, District Newsletter articles, requests for disbursements from Lions & Lioness Clubs in the District of 201V5, all participating Districts and Lions and Lioness Clubs throughout Australia.
Participating Lions Clubs throughout these Districts raise funds by organising events within their clubs.
Beginning in 2005 through to 2016 the Foundation run a very successful GROCERY GRAB with Lions/Lioness Clubs from all over Australia participating in conjunction with their local supermarket. In 2016, 38 Clubs participated in this project raising $20,000.
The upcoming 2017 Grocery Grab will be held between the 3rd September and the 8th October. With the draw on or after the 8rd of October. Each year the Grocery Grab moves the dates slightly to reflect the closest date to the beginning of September and the first Saturday in October.
The cost of retrieval, testing and storage of a single successful cord has risen to $4,000.
To May 2017 the Foundation has raised in excess of $2.0M for the Fight Cancer Foundation (formerly - Bone Marrow Donor Institute) for distribution to the Cord Blood Bank and shall continue to support them through 2017 and beyond with your Club’s ongoing support.
Trust fund Number DGR.900495462
ABN 91 048 667 604