About Us

About Us

Our story

The Foundation’s mission is to; develop, promote and educate the community through health and wellbeing initiatives and to encourage clubs and individual Lions to promote these initiatives within the community.

For over 30 years we had been known as the Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation, but in 2021 in order to reflect the diverse topics areas we now covered to help build happy, healthy resilient communities, our name was changed to Australian Lions Wellbeing Foundation.

A new strategic plan is currently being developed and we look forward to releasing this soon.

We are working to create a happier, healthier and safer community.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the Foundation is to promote awareness and prevention of abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

The objectives of the Foundation are to:-

  • Promote awareness of alcohol and other drug abuse especially the factors predisposing it;
  • Develop education and prevention activities, especially in local communities;
  • Participate in campaigns in line with the aims of the Foundation;
  • Actively promote and support counselling and rehabilitation programmes.

ALWF Secretary David McKenzie and Chairman David Daniels promoting the ALWF project www.tuneinnoutout.com at a youth health conference

A Lions Foundation

The Foundation, which is totally owned and controlled by those Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs of Multiple District 201 who have become constituent members, is run by a Board of Directors elected by the members. Each year at the Multiple District Convention a number of these directors come up for re-election. The Foundation has also been granted the use of the Lion Badge by Lions Clubs International.

Working throughout community

Our Projects

Tune In Not Out 

A youth health portal


School based social and emotion program


A body image and self esteem campaign


A curricum based drug policy program


Visit our online resources shop 


Supporting communities

Meet Our Ambassador

Andrew Fuller

Andrew has recently been described as an ”interesting mixture of Billy Connolly, Tim Winton, and Frasier Crane” and as someone who “puts the heart back into psychology” and we are very proud and honoured to have him as our Ambassador supporting and advising across all our project areas.

As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne.

Andrew has been a principal consultant to the national drug prevention strategy REDI, the ABC on children’s television shows is an Ambassador for Mind Matters and is a member of the National Coalition Against Bullying.

He is the author of Tricky KidsGuerilla Tactics for TeachersHelping your child succeed at school, as well as many others. Andrew has also co-authored a series of programs for the promotion of resilience and emotional intelligence used in over 3500 schools in Britain and Australia called The Heart Masters.

Andrew is also running a special project for ALWF called Project Future, where he is inviting Lions from acround the country as well as adults from the broader community to write a letter to future generations. Find out more about Project Future here

Meet Our 

Board Members

We are very lucky to have a dedicated team of board members who guide the direction of the foundation and the development of our resources, as well as promoting the work of the foundation within their state.

David Daniels OAM

David Daniels OAM


David has been with ALWF since its creation in 1984 and has held positions as State Director, Deputy Chair and Chairman over many years. David’s community work is extensive in Lions as well as having been founding Chairman/Director of the Drug Education Network (Lions DEN). He is still currently a Director of DEN, now in its 33rd year.

He is also the current Chairman of Crimestoppers Tasmania and a Director of Crimestoppers Australia.
David brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to ALWF through his experience on several national and state Boards.

He has been acknowledged on many occasions by Lions International as well as the Australian Lions Multiple District. David also received international recognition from Crimestoppers at a recent overseas convention, with the citation reading, “Civilian of the Year Award to Mr David Daniels OAM in recognition of selfless devotion, persistent service and significant contribution to Crimestoppers Tasmania”.

In 2006 David was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his work in Lions drug awareness programmes and crime abatement.

After retiring from a hectic corporate career with a multi-national company some decade ago, David has committed to continuing his involvement with community work, utilizing his governance skills and business acumen. In his 40th year of Lions, he is still passionate and committed to serving the community, both state and national, through his work with the Foundation.

Theo Carl Rene von Stein (Carl)

Theo Carl Rene von Stein (Carl)

Deputy Chairman

Carl worked in the Bank of New South Wales  (1960 – 1984) and saw service in Queensland, UK, South Australia and ACT Divisions of the Bank. During this time he was also involved in various school boards as well as community/ charity projects involving the young and the elderly.

In 1984 he joined the staff of the British High Commission and attained the position of Finance Manager – Australia which he held until his retirement in 2012. Carl was invited to join Lions in 1984 and has held many positions at Club, District and National level within the Lions organisation.

He was District Governor of N2 (1999 – 2000). Carl has received many awards: – 1997 – Melvin Jones Fellow; 1997 Dr. Harry Jenkins Fellow . In 2004 he was made a Life Member of Lions Clubs International. Carl is a member of the Lions Club of Canberra Belconnen and is committed to the Lions Motto  “WE SERVE”.

David McKenzie OAM

David McKenzie OAM


David has been with the Foundation since 1987 first as QLD Director and then from 1989 as Secretary/Treasurer. He has been a Lion for over 40 years and is passionate about helping people in their struggle against Drugs.

Along with the Chair, he was honoured with an OAM and also a Centenary Medal.

He is a member of the Lions Club of Rochedale Springwood in QLD and truly believes in the work that is being done by the Foundation on behalf of all the Lions family in Australia.

PDG Dale (Toby) Crawford

PDG Dale (Toby) Crawford

Districts T1, C2, C3, W1, W2

Lion Toby began his volunteering as a Leo in the Penguin Leo club in 1977 He joined the Gladstone LEO Club, Queensland, in 1981 when he moved there for work. In 1984 Toby moved back to Tasmania, once again joining the Penguin Leos. He joined Lions in 1988 and has continued to serve his club, District and Multiple District ever since.

Toby has served on cabinet since 1997, mainly doing youth portfolios, including Youth of the Year, Youth Exchange, Leos, Youth Insearch and LYNX, as well as being the Tasmanian District Governor in 2011-12.

Toby is currently serving the Multiple District as the Youth and Community Projects Coordinator and has been Tasmania’s ALDAF State Chairperson since 2015 combining his knowledge of drug awareness with his youth portfolio.

PDG David Lowing

PDG David Lowing

Districts N2, N3, N4, N5, V1-4, V2, V3, V5, V6

With over 60 years of community service work, David joined the ALWF board in Oct 2021. A member of Lions since 1994, David has been a member of various clubs as he had moved and taken on many key roles across Youth Exchange, LCIF Coordinator and Foundations (ALF and VLF) Chairman and most more recently Victorian State Leos Coordinator.

David has a wealth of knowledge and expertise across the youth sector from sport coaching to volunteering with the  Victorian Department of Justice’s Council of Multiculturism and Youth and the Victorian Office of the Public Advocate, as an Advocate during Police interviews with Youth and the Cognitively Disabled.

Lion Matthew Crossley

Lion Matthew Crossley

Districts Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, N1

Matthew joined Lions in 2011 as a charter member of the Aitkenvale Business Lions Club. He is currently the Second Vice President of the Lions Club of Brisbane Metropolitan.

Matthew has ten years’ experience in senior roles in government, having worked for a range of Members of Parliament and Ministers including the Premier of Queensland. He has in-depth experience across a range of policy areas, advocacy, public affairs, stakeholder engagement, and political campaigns.

Matthew currently works for Australia’s largest customer-owned bank, Great Southern Bank, where he is responsible for government affairs, public policy and industry. Prior to joining Great Southern Bank, Matthew managed compliance, licensing, security, and risk for the largest privately-owned contractor to the Australian Department of Defence.

Matthew has a Bachelor of Public, Master of Business Administration, and a Diploma of Leadership and Management. He is also a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).

Bronte Cameron

Bronte Cameron

Lions Quest Director

Bronte joined Lions in 1970, serving on Cabinet 1991 until 2020 for Youth Exchange, Youth of the Year, peace poster, Leos and Life member The Lions Licola Village.

Involved in many aspects of Lions, Lion Bronte has also been MD 201 Chairman Lions Quest, Lions Quest Institute Foundation Board, Project manager for 2 Core 4 Grant Lions Quest Projects and State Leo Coordinator for SA.

Bronte managed and ran the Lions Quest office for several years until it became a project of ALWF. Bronte has been a member of the ALWF Board since 1997. Bronte has also been involved with Drug Action Team (in the Northern Suburbs conducted by SA Police) for over 20 years and Drug Education Network for several years in SA.

Meet Our


The Foundation is lucky to be supported by consultants who advise and help develop the projects within the foundation

Brenda Hosking

National Drug Education Consultant

Brenda has had a long professional involvement in drug education. During her career, she has focussed on prevention education – initially in sub-elite and professional sport, and later as part of the South Australian Drug Education and Wellbeing teams in the South Australian public and independent education sectors.

Her first link to the ALWF was in early 2000 when the Foundation supported the development of an interactive CD-ROM, ‘DrugTest’. The ALWF ensured every Australian high school was provided 2 copies prior to the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Today Brenda coordinates ALWF’s Community Initiatives Project and represents ALWF in our partnership with Australia21 and Students for Sensible Drug Policy to conduct the Smarter about Drugs project. She co-wrote the curriculum element of Smarter about Drugs has helped to ensure ALWF is at the forefront of data-driven influence around drug policy.


Donna Munro

National Lions Quest Consultant


Acknowledging Excellence 

Foundation Awards

As a foundation we have two awards which are presented to Lions and Community members for their work in the area of alcohol and other drug education and support.:

  • James McLardie Award – In recognition of service rendered to the community through a Lions Drug Awareness program
  • Dr Harry Jenkins Fellowship – In recognition of services rendered to a Lions Drug Awareness program.

Clubs can nominate an individual via the applications form and donation. Recipients receive a wall plaque.

A Not for profit organisation

Why Support Us

We are able to run our projects due to the generosity of Lions Club from across Australia, businesses, and individuals who kindly donate to support the work we do. We also generate funds through our resources shop.

More than 30 years of experience

Part of Lions Australia

Range of projects

Consultants guiding development

Awards winning

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