At the beginning of August, the Dasmarinas Lions Club in the Philippines participated in an Adopt-a-School program. Students received books and other various school supplies, as well as bags to carry their new stuff. An example of a project for Engaging Our Youth.
As we come upon our centennial year, Lions all over the world are taking part in a challenge—the Centennial Service Challenge—where they strive to serve 100 million people by 2017. Make sure to record your club’s project on MyLCI so we know just how many people we are helping. Clubs are encouraged to post pictures of their activity on their Facebook page or other social media sites and use the hashtag #LIONS100, that way other clubs can see the impact you’re making in your community.
What type of project is your club doing to Engage Our Youth?
The right tools make all the difference.
I recently had the pleasure of attending the opening ceremony of Lions World Sight Day in Iceland alongside the President of Iceland, Ólafur Grímsson (pictured above). As a part of the ceremony, and with the help of a US$70,000 SightFirst grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), Lions presented two amazing new pieces of medical equipment to the Department of Ophthalmology at Landspítali, the National University Hospital of Iceland.
This vision equipment will make it possible for ophthalmologists at Landspítali to detect and treat vision disorders and diseases in children at a much earlier stage, and will save time and money and prevent many children from developing irreversible eye damage.
The opening ceremony was followed by an exhibition that was attended by more than 2,800 people, including 60% of all ophthalmologists in Iceland, and featured information on vision health and education. Lions from Iceland and around the world came out to showcase their clubs and share their service work with a special emphasis on SightFirst activities.
For decades, Lions Clubs International has championed the blind and visually impaired. Lions World Sight Day is an opportunity to reflect on our achievements as we continue to fight against preventable blindness. Only when working together can we hope to eliminate preventable blindness from our communities and around the world.
Join me in thanking the Lions of Iceland and LCIF for making this generous donation possible, and for making World Sight Day 2014 a huge success!
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In honor of today being International White Cane Safety Day, we are encouraging Lions to help raise awareness about the white cane. The white cane is a symbol of independence —it shows confidence and skills of the person using it. It also signifies that a person using a white cane is blind or visually impaired. This alerts drivers to give white cane users the right of way. Some project ideas that your club can do to help raise awareness include:
The Hadley School for the Blind is conducting a live seminar about the White Cane at 10:00 CDT today (October 15). If you are able to participate at that time, be sure to register for the audio seminar. If unable to listen to this seminar live, you can access the recording of this and other interesting Hadley podcasts.
How is your club raising awareness for white cane safety?
Like millions of children around the world, Handapangodage Don Rusiru Harita Perera, a fourth-grader at St. Johns School in Panadura, Sri Lanka, did not realize his vision was poor. His father, A.D. Prasad Ranjan Perera, was also unaware of the visual impairment his son was facing. Childhood vision problems are a serious concern, not only because they are frustrating and interfere with learning and development, but because some conditions can lead to serious vision loss or blindness if not corrected early.
Fortunately, Perera took part in a Sight for Kids vision screening at his school. Sight for Kids, a program of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, has screened over 20 million children in Asia since it began in 2002. The program screens children for refractive error and other vision problems, including myopia (nearsightedness), which causes significant vision loss in more than 15 percent of children under the age of 15 in many Asian countries.
“We are very grateful to the Lion’s program,” said Perera’s father. “The specialist told my son that he would have gone blind in one eye, if not for the timely medical attention provided by the Lions.” After multiple screenings, Perera was transferred to a hospital where an eye specialist for children patched his good eye. His vision was soon restored, almost matching his healthy eye. Lions also provided him with free glasses.
“This has made our lives happy, especially for all the service we received from the Lions hospital free of cost. We could not have afforded the specialist treatment, medicines and glasses,” said Perera’s father. “We wish all success to the Lions who are saviors of children’s sight.”
From LCIF: Our Impact Story Archives
Today’s guest post comes from the Lions Clubs of Sydney and Norfolk Island, District 201-N5, about their Skills Sharing Expo that they hosted earlier in September. For more information on this event, check out their website.
On Saturday, September 6th, a Skills Sharing Expo of N5 Lions nicknamed Lions Got Skills was held at the Castle Hill RSL Club, Sydney. The Expo was a new initiative that DG Anthony of N5 introduced.
If done properly, this could benefit the District at two key levels:
Participants could choose from one of two strands: skills sharing and health awareness. Over 100 Lions attended the sessions throughout the day, including IP Joe.
The proceedings continued with a Gala Dinner in the evening in honor of the Prestons. Some 200 Lions, Lionesses and Leos attended the Dinner.
Lions in N5 were extremely grateful for the opportunity to play hosts to IP Joe and Lion Joni. Their visit has helped to reinvigorate ourselves and renew our resolve to serve the less fortunate.
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