Lion Barry Palmer, the first Australian to serve as the International President of Lions Clubs Internation was today awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in Queen’s Birthday Honours for his global work with Lions International.
Barry Palmer has helped 2000 crippled children walk, kick-started small businesses for women in third world countries and helped raise millions for childhood cancer research.
He has set up several foundations including one for children with cerebral palsy which resulted in 2000 Australian children being able to walk with the aid of special walkers. He has also helped set up a childhood cancer research program raising $10 million to research the early diagnosis of childhood cancer and effective treatments.
“We have also set up other programs across the world including one giving women a start to set up their own business, in local handicrafts, breeding goats or growing vegetables, with 100 US dollars,” Mr Palmer said.
At aged 74 and still active with Lions, Mr Palmer spends most of his time overseas, working for those less fortunate. “It’s very rewarding especially when you see the look on the faces of those benefiting from what we are doing. It’s a job not just done by me but our team,” he said.
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