Swanies Leos Club
Lions is giving our leaders of tomorrow the experiences, support, and opportunities they need to succeed. Operating under the patronage of the Mooloolaba Lions Club, the Swanies, based at Maroochydore State High School, are now in their tenth year of service for the community.
Leadership, Experience, Opportunity
These are the three core values that Swanies LEO’s club embodies to provide local youth with an opportunity for the development of leadership skills, confidence, teamwork and the support of community welfare.
Students volunteer to be a member and participate in Leadership training days organized at the School. They engage in challenges to plan and lead projects/activities, learn new skills and engage in team building activities including Dragon Boating and Laser Tag.
The Swanies have previously coordinated projects such as the Seeing Eye Project, Going the Distance, Stall at Markets & the Ricochet Clothes Drive; raising more than $11,000 for those in need.
This year, under the presidency of Zane Turner, the Swanies are aiming to maintain their legacy of Going the Distance – a 24-hour event on exercise bikes. Students and others have sponsors and they ride to raise funds for the humanitarian project to Cambodia. Students travel to Cambodia and build a house for a family, hand out school packages to the children including books, pens etc. They also spend time at school to learn about the culture, share ours and teach English.
“It has been a fantastic experience (being involved) that really engages young people in positive activities to help our local community” – Kody Jorgensen, 2017 former Swanies President & 2018 Queensland LEO of the Year.
Swanies Leos 2020 with Ruth Spence Australian Leo of the Year
Bill Moore District Governor, Fiona Simpson MP & Leo Advisors
Dragon Boating part of Leadership training days.
Going the Distance Fundraiser for Cambodia
Swanies Leos Banner
Swanies Leos Trivia Fundraiser at IRT The Palms
Kody Jorgensen Queensland Leo of the Year 2018