Australian Lions Foundation

Australian Lions Foundation

Helping Lions Help Their Community


Sari-Elle takes on World's Highest Marathon for ALF

Australian Lions Foundation Ambassador Sari-Elle Kraemer is on a mission – to not only climb 17,598 feet above sea level to Everest Base Camp but to then also run 42.195 kms crisscrossing the high Sherpa trails of Khumbu Valley!

Everest Marathon is the world’s highest marathon and in training for the May 2024 event Sari-Elle will be raising funds and awareness for the incredible impact Lions volunteers have in their communities with the assistance of Australian Lions Foundation.

Sari-Elle is raising funds for the Australian Lions Foundation Compassionate Fund. ALF’s Compassionate Grants are provided to assist people or families in necessitous circumstances. This may be by the provision of medical aids, equipment or cash to provide relief from significant hardship.

The Australian Lions Foundation works closely with a local Lions Club to administer the funds.

Sari-Elle was inspired when hearing of a story of a young Australian girl who was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Naturally, the family looked at all options and located a Doctor in the US who was treating this condition. The Australian Lions Foundation’s Compassionate Grant support helped this young girl travel with her family for treatment in the US for over 12 months. She is now living a normal teenage lifestyle back in Queensland.

Sari-Elle is on a mission to raise $120,000 to help change more lives through Australian Lions Foundation’s Compassionate Fund.

The ALF purpose is to provide help and assistance for public relief, emergency aid and community welfare for persons in necessitous circumstances in Australia. The Foundation provides financial assistance and support, in times of Disasters/Emergencies and for Community Welfare Projects. 


Ten-year-old Nicholas Tadros’ heartbreaking story has captivated the nation, after he suffered extensive injuries in the Gold Coast helicopter crash which tragically killed his mother Vanessa and three others.

Nicky broke almost every bone in his body and had to have his leg amputated.

To support Nicholas and his dad through this difficult time, the Australian Lions Foundation has announced a generous donation of $100,000 at a special BBQ held at Nicholas and his father Simon’s home yesterday.

The $100,000 donation is in addition to the over $100,000 already raised for the ALF’s national fundraising appeal.

ALF has been working closely with Nicholas’ local Lions Club, Lions Club of Parramatta Inc in recent months to use the funds raised in the appeal to support Nicholas and Simon

Nicholas still faces a long road with his recovery, but his prospects look brighter with the support from the Australian Lions Foundation, Parramatta Lions and the generous community and corporate donations.

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Donations to the Australian Lions Foundation Appeal can be made online and 100% of the funds raised will be used to support Nicholas and his father Simon during this difficult time.
Donations to the Australian Lions Foundation Appeal can be made online and 100% of the funds raised will be used to support Nicholas and his father Simon during this difficult time.

Who We Are

After Cyclone Tracy demolished most of Darwin in December 1974 , in the period 1975 to 1976, Lions Australia formed two bodies –

  • Australian Lions Community Emergency Relief Fund (“ALCERF”) to co-ordinate fundraising for disaster relief;
  • And a National Disaster Committee

In 1980 the Disaster Committee was amalgamated into the Emergency Relief Fund.

The Foundation was formed in 1981 by the District Governors of the day and this was formalised at the Multiple District Convention of Lions at Mt. Gambier in 1983.

Where We Work

Drought Relief Appeal was a large part of our work from July 2018 onwards., and is still ongoing.

Nationally raised $1.5 Million

  • Fodder for livestock
  • Food for working dogs
  • Drinking water and food for families
  • Fuel to transport fodder
  • School fees
  • Medical Bills
  • Other household Bills (electricity etc.)

Hall of Fame 2021

At this time each year, usually at our MD 201 National Convention, the Australian Lions Foundation Board has great pleasure in inducting worthy Lions into the Australian Lions Foundation Hall of Fame. These inductees are Lions who have served, and are still serving their community, not only through Lions but through many other avenues. Congratulations to all very worthy recipients.

Latest News


Newsflash December 2022

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ALF Awards

Awards are a big part of the Australian Lions Foundation, and whilst we don’t do anything for recognition or praise, we feel it is important to honour those that go above and beyond.