Oct
10

Help LCIF Log Some Charity Miles!

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LCIF is proud to partner with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC) to provide Sight for Kids. The Sight for Kids program has reached more than 23 million school children in low income communities since its launch in 2002. The program is run by local Lions clubs and works with local eye care professionals to train more than 142,000 school teachers and volunteers to promote eye health and screen children’s vision. Through this model, Sight for Kids has been effective in leveraging Lions and JJVCC support to raise local eye health awareness and identify, refer, and correct visual impairment in school children.

Since our International Convention in June, Lions have been walking, running and cycling to raise money for Sight for Kids with the Charity Miles app. So far, you Lions have walked an astonishing 9,096 miles. That’s equal to the distance from Fukuoka to Amsterdam. Way to go, Lions! Keep walking to show your support of Sight for Kids, and stay tuned for more updates on our progress.

Charity Miles flyer

 

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Oct
8

Response to Hurricane Matthew

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Dear Lions,

Both LCI and LCIF, as well as Lions in the affected Hurricane Matthew areas, are assessing the greatest need in the aftermath of destruction.  So far, LCIF has approved emergency grants in the amount of US$10,000 each for district F4 (Columbia),  R1 and R3 (Domincan Republic), and Haiti.  As the hurricane continues up the coast of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, and damage is assessed there, we expect more requests for emergency assistance.  LCIF is standing by and ready to authorize grant requests.

Our centennial motto “Where There’s A Need, There’s A Lion” could not be more appropriate than in times of natural disasters when local Lions on the ground in disaster areas are able to put actions plans in place to provide much needed first response supplies of food, water, temporary shelter, and clothing.

As always, your generous donations to LCIF enable us to respond swiftly wherever and whenever the need exists.

I know you join me in keeping all the victims of this latest natural disaster in your thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

Bob Corlew

Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster fund today.

Donate to LCIF

Oct
7

LCIF Awards 22 Disaster Relief and Community Recovery Grants, September 2016

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) offers a variety of funding options to support various stages for disaster relief operations, including Disaster Preparedness, Emergency, Community Recovery and Major Catastrophe Grants.

For districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis, Emergency grants provide up to US$10,000. Lions district governors may apply for disaster relief funds to help meet immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies. LCIF typically awards more than US$2 million in Emergency Grant funding each year.

In September 2016, LCIF awarded 22 disaster relief and community recovery grants totaling US$209,471. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

Missouri, USA, District 26-M3
US$9,471 for disaster preparedness

China, District 391
US$10,000 for flood relief

Italy, District 108-A
US$10,000 for earthquake relief

Florida, USA, District 35-O
US$10,000 for flood relief

Mexico, District B-4
US$10,000 for flood relief

Tanzania, District 411-B16
US$10,000 for earthquake relief

Japan, District 331-B
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

Japan, District 332-B
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

India, District 322-C5
US$5,000 for flood relief

Mexico, District B-9
US$10,000 for hurricane relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 386
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-A2
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

Colombia, District F-2
US$20,000 for community recovery

Philippines, District 301-C
US$5,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-D2
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-E1
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

India, District 320-C
US$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 320-D
US$5,000 for flood relief

Iowa, USA, District 9-NC
US$10,000 for flood relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-F
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

Australia, District 201-N4
US$10,000 for flood relief

MD300 Taiwan, District 300-D1
US$10,000 for typhoon relief

Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster fund today.

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Oct
4

Lions Remember PIP Dr. Jean Behar

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Dear Lions,

I regret to inform you that Past International President, Dr. Jean Behar, died at his home on October 2, 2016 after a decline in his health.  He was 87 years old.

The late PIP Behar was a life member of the Le Havre Expansion Lions Club.  He was also the founder and honorary president of Medico Lions Club of France, which organizes assistance from French Lions clubs to low income countries.  Dr. Behar held many positions within the association, including club president, zone chairperson, district governor and council chairperson.  He served as an international director from 1990-1992.

As the international president in the millennium year of 2000-2001, he emphasized quality.  His vision spread throughout our organization, and Lions resolved to offer quality assistance to those in need around the world.

As Campaign SightFirst II campaign ambassador, the late past president Behar dedicated his efforts to support the campaign goals specific to eliminating river blindness and emerging threats to vision from diabetes, glaucoma and childhood diseases that can lead to blindness.

His dedication touched and improved the lives of countless people around the world.  As a doctor of radiology, his kindness and understanding manner endeared him to his patients.

In addition to his numerous awards through Lions Clubs International, including the Ambassador of Goodwill, he was recognized by the President of France who named him a Knight of the National Order of Merit.  Dr. Behar was also a multi-level Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

I know you join me in remembrance of this truly remarkable man, who made so many contributions to Lions and to the lives of people in need.

 

Messages of support and condolences may be sent to his family via the Lions office in France at:

Maison des Lions de France

295 rue Saint Jacques – F 75005 Paris, France

Or via email at:

Anne.fayolle@lions-france.org

 

Sincerely,

Bob Corlew

Oct
4

Social Snaps that Serve: Help LCIF’s Sight for Kids Program with Donate a Photo App

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Helping to protect a child’s sight is as easy as snapping a photo! For every photo you donate through Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo app*, Johnson & Johnson will donate US$1 to Lions Clubs International Foundation’s (LCIF) Sight for Kids program, up to US$40,000.

Each photo you “donate” via the app (up to 1 per day) through January 15, 2017, will help Lions and our partner, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC), provide eye health education,  vision screening and access to a professional eye exam to a child. The Sight for Kids program’s mission is to mobilize local Lions, teachers and eye care professionals to improve eye health awareness and remove eye care barriers to for children in underserved areas across Asia, as well as in Kenya and Turkey – including providing exams, and eye glasses and other treatment.

The free mobile app is accessible to Lions and the public in the U.S, the United Kingdom and Japan. All you have to do is download the free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play and start taking pictures!

How to Get Started

  1. Download the FREE Donate a Photo app for your Apple or Android device (click here)
    2. Follow the in-app steps to set up your account and profile. Switch on your Facebook and Twitter accounts within the app to automatically share with all your friends and followers! You can also set up a daily reminder.
    3. Choose our cause: “To help protect a child’s sight with Sight for Kids.”
    4. Then, take a picture, or choose an existing photo to share from your library.
    5. When you share your photo, you help a child and inspire others to help our Sight for Kids program!

Photo Guidelines

  • Lions and the public can donate up to one photo a day, every day, to benefit LCIF’s Sight for Kids cause through January 15, 2017.
  • Any appropriate snapshot helps, but Lions hope to share photos of faces or eyes or favorite views to inspire and raise awareness about the importance of eye health and accessible eye care and exams, especially for our kids.
  • Are you planning a project or event for World Sight Day? Share your Lions club service photos through the Donate a Photo app
  • Be sure to tag photos with the hashtag #lionsclubs on Facebook and Twitter. LCIF will share select photos through the Lions Clubs International official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Since 2002, LCIF and JJVCC’s Sight for Kids program has worked to provide eye health education and eye care and eyeglasses access to millions of school children throughout Asia, Kenya and Turkey with the Sight for Kids program. Surrounding World Sight Day, LCIF and JJVCC are ensuring their social snapshots are serving, too!

Consider Donating a Photo for Sight for Kids to help Lions protect a child’s sight today! Learn more about Sight for Kids at www.lcif.org/sfk.

*The Donate a Photo app is available in the United States, United Kingdom and Japan only. No matter where you live, be sure to get the word out about Sight for Kids and the importance of annual professional eye exams for our children. Photos shared are not used for commercial purposes.

Disclosure: You can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. For every photo donated to Sight for Kids, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. will donate US$1 to that cause. You can donate photos to Sight for Kids until January 15, 2017, or until it reaches its goal of US$40,000, whichever comes first. Sight for Kids will receive a minimum of US$20,000.

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