Dr Bob Coulthard Recognition Award
Dr Bob Coulthard is one of the best known and respected members of the Lions organisation in Australia and overseas. Bob Coulthard joined the Lions Club of Marion SA in 1963 and has served four terms as President. He was District Governor of S3 in 1982-83 and Council Chairman the following year. In 1965 he began over 30 years of Sight Saving activities when he helped organise the first major Lions sight project in South Australia - a week long programme of glaucoma screening and education about preventable blindness.
Bob introduced amblyopia (lazy eye) awareness to Adelaide kindergartens in 1971, which was later expanded throughout SA and NT. Through the next 15 years he conducted regular screenings for clubs in several districts with over 600,000 tests being completed in that time. The Lions Professional Chair of Opthalmology at Flinders University is largely a result of his leadership in helping raise $400,000 to endow that appointment. Bob was elected to the Lions International Board in 1988, and at his first board meeting he put forward a plan to establish a global sight conservation program - now known as SightFirst, one of the largest sight related programs in the world.
In 1988 Bob was made a member of the Order of Australia for his services to the Lions Save Sight Foundation, both in Australia and Internationally, since 1965. Once LEHP-Australia expanded nationally Bob was the inaugural SA coordinator and subsequently Deputy Chairman, serving in those roles for many years.
LEHP-Australia recognises Dr Bob's contribution in all areas of sight conservation, preservation and restoration and his invaluable contribution as a former Deputy Chairman of LEHP-Australia. This award honours the contribution of Dr Bob to LEHP and all sight-related programs. It has been created as an opportunity to recognise worthy recipients; a Lion, Lioness, Leo or a non-Lion, a business or corporate benefactor. Purchase can be made by Clubs, Districts, Individuals or non-Lion entities.
In honour of Dr Bob Coulthard’s contribution to Lions eye Health Program (LEHP) and all sight related programs, LEHP Australia has instituted this award.