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Leos Go Wheee!

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European and Mediterranean Leos would like to invite Leos from around the world to participate in the Leos Go Wheee! – WheelMap Activity. The activity encourages individuals to find and mark wheelchair-accessible public spaces. Leos can add and update information on Wheelmap.org from April 1 through June 30, 2015.

Wheelmap.org is a community-driven project to develop an online map that marks wheelchair-accessible public spaces. The map allows wheelchair users to plan their routes more efficiently, move more freely and participate more easily in society. As a tool for raising awareness, Wheelmap.org also contributes to building a more inclusive environment.

Leos interested in participating in the Leos Go Wheee! – Wheelmap Activity can add new places to the map and edit information. To participate, follow the steps outlined below:

1. Download and open the Wheelmap app on your iPhone or Android

2. Register and log in with a Wheelmap account

3. Take a walk and begin mapping with your Leo club (Don’t forget your measuring tape!)

4. Find the appropriate location on the app and assign an accessibility status: green, yellow or red

Green: Wheelchair-accessible

  • Entrance is accessible without steps.
  • All rooms are accessible without steps.
  • A wheelchair-accessible toilet is available.

Yellow: Limited accessibility

  • Entrance has one step, not higher than 7cm (2.75 inches).
  • Most rooms are accessible without steps.

Red: Not wheelchair-accessible

  • Entrance is higher than 7cm (2.75 inches).
  • Most rooms are not accessible without steps.

5. Count the number of places you marked on the map

6. Share your club’s results on the Leos Go Wheee! Facebook page

Together, Leos have added over 600 locations to the map. Slovenian Leos  participated in the project last summer, and the Ljubljana Leo Club marked 61 locations in just 90 minutes. Leos noted that only half of the locations in Ljubljana were fully wheelchair-accessible. By participating in the Leos Go Wheee! Activity, Leos can raise awareness about challenges facing wheelchair users.

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1.4 Million and Counting!

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Congratulations Lions! We have just reached 1.4 million members and we couldn’t be more excited! That means we have even more hands to help make a greater impact not only locally, but on a global scale too.

With our Centennial just around the corner, we have encouraged Lions to help us reach our Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 100 million people by June 2018 and to help increase our membership.

By asking just one person to join your Lions Club during our Centennial Celebration, you could earn special limited edition awards.

So what are you waiting for? Keep the momentum going and Ask One today!

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LCIF and the United Nations

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LCIF’s successful partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) was recently highlighted during Lions Day with the United Nations (LDUN). Together with the WHO, we launched the world’s first-ever initiative to combat childhood blindness, establishing or strengthening 45 pediatric eye care centers. To date, this partnership has impacted more than 140 million children in 30 countries. This partnership continues to make advances in the fields of blind and low vision service, vision screenings and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).

Watch this video of LCIF Chairperson Palmer at LDUN to learn more about how Lions are making an impact in communities around the world.

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Lions of Bangalore East Launch Mobile Speech and Hearing Clinic

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Lions around the world have an incredible knack for identifying needs within their communities and creating projects to meet those needs. The Lions Club of Bangalore East is no exception.

Each year, more than 1,200 children are born with significant hearing impairment in the state of Karnataka. If a child is identified, screened and fit with a hearing aid by 6 months of age, that child has good chance of leading a life free from hearing impairment. But without early intervention, that child is at risk of developing serious speech and hearing problems. Hearing and speech disorders can have devastating effects on education, employment and social interactions for children and adults.

In 1977, the Lions assisted with the establishment of the Dr. S. R. Chandrasekhar Institute of Speech and Hearing, and have actively supported it since that time. More recently, the Lions of Bangalore East and the Dr. S. R. Chandrasekhar Institute of Speech and Hearing teamed up to create a mobile speech and hearing clinic to benefit under-served families. A Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) Standard grant of US$75,000 funded a portion of the project. The clinic is equipped with advanced testing equipment and other modern technology, and offers comprehensive hearing evaluations, treatment and consultation services.

Of the 1.2 million children born in Karnataka every year, it is estimated that less than 10 percent are born in corporate hospitals with facilities for hearing screening and intervention. Given this information, the Lions’ primary objective is to provide hearing screenings and early intervention services to newborns. The unit does serve older children and adults, as well. The bus also is available to other local Lions clubs to use in their own mobile screening projects.


LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer was on hand to celebrate the inauguration of the Lions Club of Bangalore East’s mobile speech and hearing clinic.


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Preston’s Blog: Protecting Sight in Italy

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Two weeks ago, Joni and I were in Savona, Italy and we got to take part in many culturally rich events. We saw some breathtaking art and participated in a ceremonial wreath laying at the WWI memorial.  We also were able to join the Lions of Savona as they introduced us to their preservation projects.

For many years, Lions Clubs all over Italy have “adopted” a work of art and funded it’s restoration and proper upkeep. But not only are they dedicated to protecting their local art and culture, they are also committed to saving eyesight, and they’re mobile, too! The Lions in Savona have a mobile vision screening unit, a glaucoma detection van and a van to collect used eyeglasses. Whether it’s preserving art, culture, religious heritage or eyesight, the Lions of Italy truly answer the call to serve!

Next month we celebrate Lions Recycle for Sight. Lions all over are busy organizing projects and setting up collection boxes. Are you ready?

Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see more activities, projects and pictures from my trips around the world.

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