Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs District 201Q4

Queensland, Australia

Lions Medical Research Foundation


Q4 Director

Kathy McCosker – Lions Club of Rockhampton Fitzroy River



The Queensland & Northern New South Wales Lions Medical Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the provision of funding for world class medical research that improves the standard of health for all Australians and people throughout the world. For information, visit


Lions Medical Research Foundation receives no Government funding, and funds are sourced by donations, bequests, investments, Awards, an Annual Appeal (Spring for Research) and special campaigns and programs. All money raised funds panel-approved early career medical scientists in their quest to build a team of medical researchers and develop cures and treatments across a broad range of medical studies.  


The Foundation currently funds 3 researchers:-

Dr Tracey Bjorkman – researching hypoxic ischemia in premature and newborn babies

Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka – researching anxiety and depression in Parkinson’s disease and Dementia patients.  

Dr Carlos Salomon – researching early detection tools for ovarian cancer patients.

Researchers Nadeeka, Tracey and Carlos

For information on researchers, visit



Lions Medical Research Foundation also has a commitment to the SPARQ-ed (Students Performing Advanced Research Queensland) program which is a unique educational facility founded as a partnership between the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute and the Department of Education and training located with the Translational Research Institute (TRI) in Brisbane. Students from around Queensland are offered opportunities to participate in week-long programs that allow them to conduct an experimental project in conjunction with one of TRI’s world renowned biomedical research groups. To encourage participation across Queensland, Lions Medical Research Foundation, offers scholarships to students from regional and remote Queensland designed to assist in costs associated with travel and accommodation. All students who receive a scholarship agree to share their experience with their local Lions Club.

Students at the SPARQ-ed Immersion Program 2017


For information on SPARQ-ed, visit


The Queensland and Northern New South Wales Lions Medical Research Foundation Ambassador Program engages Lions members from the Q Districts of Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

Lions Clubs of Queensland and Northern New South Wales are the constituent members of Lions Medical Research Foundation (LMRF) and as such are vital to the ongoing success of the Foundation. Commencing in 2018, the Ambassador Program announced its first Ambassador as former LMRF Chairman PDG Austin (Aussie) Lanphier. Since then, Tim Hannay from the Lions Club of Rockhampton Fitzroy River has joined the ranks bringing with him an expert knowledge of the Foundation, having been a past Director.

All Ambassadors will work with the Foundation and the Directors from their District and LMRF Staff to increase visibility, and build and maintain relationships across Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs.

TIM HANNAY                                                                                                    

Lions Club of Rockhampton Fitzroy River                                                               

District 201Q4

Appointed March 2018

Tim currently works full time as a Safety, Risk and Compliance Officer for a Health Care organisation in Central Queensland. Over the last 20 years, his community service involvement has consisted of volunteering with Cancer Council Queensland, and as a Relay For Life committee member where he has been an active participant for 8 years. He has also been involved in school boards throughout his children’s primary school years and currently sits on the school board at the Cathedral College in Rockhampton. Tim has been a Lion for 13 years and is currently 2nd Vice District Governor for Q4 District. He believes promotion and stability are the key ingredients to ensuring that Foundations like the Lions Medical Research Foundation are here for the long haul.


“As a past director and supporter, I am a strong advocate for Lions Medical Research Foundation. My passion for facilitating the ongoing financial support as well as promotion of the Foundation and its core mission of funding for medical research is paramount to the ongoing success of the Foundation”. 



LMRF currently offers the following awards: -

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Queensland & Northern New South Wales Lions Medical Research Foundation

ABN: 63 009 946 481

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