We have seen many amazing advancements throughout our lives. We have walked on the moon, we have phones that guide us when we are lost and we have robots that perform intricate surgeries. Yet, we still see hundreds of children die every single day from a vaccine-preventable disease.
Measles is a highly contagious disease. Those that survive are often left with serious complications, including brain damage, hearing loss and blindness. Too many children are lost to a disease that we can prevent. For about US$1, a simple vaccine provides immunity against measles. That is why we Lions committed to raising US$30 million for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, by 2017. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) will match our contributions, for a total of up to US$60 million mobilized for the fight against measles.
Over the next year, we will need to raise approximately US$10 million to fulfill our promise to the world’s children. I am asking each and every Lion to renew your dedication to the fight against this deadly disease. Together, we have vaccinated millions of children. But the work is not done and we cannot rest until it is. Please make a donation today to LCIF’s measles fund so that no more families have to endure the heartbreaking loss of a child to measles.
Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
When Leganne Matlho’s eldest son fell sick at the age of 10 with a high temperature and “sores all over his body,” his mother did not at first realize how serious the situation could become.
She had heard of measles – children in her town in northern Botswana had died from it in the past. But for a day or two she waited before taking Titoga to a clinic, where doctors prescribed immediate treatment and told her that she had been lucky he had not deteriorated faster.
“I was so frightened that some illness he can catch without me knowing could have caused him to be blind, or even to die, very quickly,” Matlho says, sitting in the shade of her swept yard where tomatoes, kale and lettuce grow in neat lines in the sandy soil. “It was only after that I came to realize that there is a protection against this disease in the form of an injection, something Titoga did not get. Since that day that my son was sick, all of my children have been vaccinated.”
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has committed to raising US$30 million for vaccinations by 2017, a sum that partners will match. The LCIF partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, focuses on support of routine immunization and strengthening health systems to help prevent serious outbreaks of disease. By 2020, more than 700 million children in 49 countries are expected to be immunized against measles and rubella thanks to Gavi and its partners, including Lions.
For this particular campaign in Botswana, LCIF helped fund 3,500 bright orange hats for campaign volunteers, 10,000 posters and 100,000 information flyers to be given out in schools and clinics, training workshops, and ID badges for those helping out on the actual vaccination days. Across the country, Lions helped to hire public address systems, truck trailers and even arrange motorcades of vehicles to take messages about the looming immunization drive directly to the people.
“Nowadays people do not know how dangerous the illness can be, because no one has seen it for so long,” she says. “I am one of the few, and I make sure that I tell everyone I see that they need to vaccinate their children. It is something easy to do, but it can mean the difference between life and death.”
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Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the USA), #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many people focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
Did you know that the vast majority of LCIF’s grant funding is made possible by donations from Lions clubs and individual members worldwide? LCIF does not receive any portion of Lions membership dues. Did you also know that there are multiple ways to donate to LCIF?
Donate when you shop!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support LCIF every time you shop online, at no cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to LCIF.
Donate when you take photos!
For every photo you donate through Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo app, Johnson & Johnson will donate US$1 to LCIF’s Sight for Kids program, up to US$40,000. Each photo you donate via the app (once every day through January 15, 2017) will help provide eye health education, vision screening and access to a professional eye exam to a child.
Donate when you exercise!
Now, you can walk or run to raise money for Sight for Kids wherever you are in the world. Simply download the Charity Miles app on your smartphone, select “Sight for Kids,” and take a walk! LCIF will receive a donation for every mile logged. Lions have been walking, running and cycling to raise money for Sight for Kids since our International Convention in June 2016.
Make your donation go further!
Maximize your impact through workplace giving. Many employers will match your donations to LCIF. Neighbor to Nation connects caring donors with trusted charities and Thrivent Financial helps citizens support meaningful service projects. Click here to see if your company will match your donation.
Making a difference has never been so easy. Celebrate #GivingTuesday by making a fun and unique donation to LCIF!
Thank you for supporting LCIF. Together, we are making the world a brighter place.
There remains much work in the fight against measles, but Lions have the power to help eliminate the disease. By contributing to LCIF, Lions are helping children in all countries where measles remains a heavy public health burden. Lions’ donations are combined with all donations to the Measles Initiative in order to have a greater impact around the world. Watch this video to see how Lions are taking a stand against measles, then consider making a donation to support the cause.
As Lions, we SERVE – which means we spend a lot of time and energy organizing service projects or fundraising events.
Successful service projects, whether they involve cleaning up a river, feeding the hungry or building a school, require good project managers and a well-defined process.
If you ever hoped to learn a better way of managing your club events or service projects, Leadership Development’s Project Management webinar would be beneficial to you.
Discuss the skills necessary to be an effective project manager, and examine the phases of project management:
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