Lions Rheumatism and Arthritis Medical Research Foundation Australia


A Project of the Lions Clubs in Victoria, Australia

A National Project from the 1st July 2019


The Foundation was formed by the Lions Club of Elwood and was a project of District 201V1.

The first trustees in 1980 were Lion Ian Collis (Elwood), Past District Governor Neil Armstrong, Lions Henry Bell, David Hatfield, Piloo Rustromjee, and Roger Newton. Elwood had two trustees up until about 2000.

Lion Terry Collison joined the Trustees in the early 90s, was Vice Chairman and took over from Neil as Chairman in the middle 90s until 2000.

Main fundraising in the beginning was donations from Clubs in District 201V1. From 1994 to 1997, the Foundation was the main beneficiary for the "Gown of the Year” (run by the fashion industry).

The Foundation funded research at the Monash Medical Centre from the beginning and was funding at $10,000 per year ($2500 each quarter) from interest earned. Current donations are about $5000 per half year.

Various name changes have occurred during recent years with the current name being adopted at conventions in Victoria in 2018

Click here for some more history Open PDF Document


Personal and Corporate donations are tax deductible.

Please send donations to the Lions Rheumatism and Arthritis Medical Research Foundation Australia through the Treasurer:

Lion Eric Gittins

1 Patyah St

Diamond Creek Vic. 3089

0411 244 779 (M)

Alternatively you may send an EFT Donation to:

BSB 063 130

ACC 10229690

or via the link below

“Please email with details of your donation to enable a receipt to be given.”

The Lions Rheumatism and Arthritis Medical Research Foundation Australia was established by the Lions Clubs of Elwood to support the development of Rheumatism and Arthritis Research for the benefit of the population within the five Lions Club Districts encompassing Victoria and Southern New South Wales.

The primary role of the Foundation is to create a Capital Fund to support research programmes through liaison with Lions Clubs, Charitable Trusts and Corporations.

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The latest donation from Lions Clubs of $78000.00 plus funds from Monash was made to purchase a Tecan Microplate Reader.