Sunday, 01 August 2010
ECU’s Foundation Chair of Ageing and Alzheimer’s Disease, Professor Ralph Martins, has been awarded the Lions International Melvin Jones Fellowship for dedicated humanitarian services including his research on Alzheimer’s disease.
Lions International recognizes outstanding individuals by bestowing on them an award that is named for its founder, Melvin Jones. He founded Lions in Chicago USA in 1917 and it is now the world’s biggest service club. The Melvin Jones award is Lions highest award and is generally awarded to those who give service over and above the norm in either Lions or in the general public. It also recognises outstanding individuals whose contribution to society is usually enormous. The recipient of this award becomes a model because of the exemplary service to his club and the community for which it serves.
A Lions club must nominate someone who they consider deserving of a Melvin Jones award. That club nominates the person to Lions International headquarters in Chicago. They approve the nomination and forward a plague in recognition.
Since 2006 The Claremont/ Nedlands Lions Club have been involved in raising funds for Professor Ralph Martins and his dynamic team in their quest for the “Holy Grail”- “ THE CURE FOR ALZHEIMERS.”
The grand sum of $35,000 has so far been raised by the Claremont/Nedlands Lions Club mainly through the now famous Sportsman’s Club Luncheons. Other clubs in District 201W1 have also contributed significant amounts. A Quiz Night, selling of The Alzheimer’s Rose Pin, Scrap Book Conventions and countless sausage sizzles have assisted this cause. The grand total raised so far is in excess of $70,000.
Raising Community awareness is another project undertaken by club members, who have travelled far and wide spreading the word of the research work into this dreadful affliction, whilst informing people of where research is currently at.
Professor Martin was presented with the plaque at the Claremont Nedlands Lions Club on Tuesday, 23 March following his speech on Alzheimer’s disease to club members.