Being a Lion means caring about our communities and about the well-being of others. Lions want to help people have better lives, and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) supports that compassionate work. Through vision screenings, service projects and community involvement, Lions and LCIF are making positive contributions every day.
LCIF works to fight diseases worldwide. In West Africa, we are providing support to those affected by Ebola, focusing primarily on food programs for vulnerable communities. An even more contagious and deadly disease is measles. Measles kills 330 children each day, and may create lasting health issues for those who survive. There is a global need for vaccination efforts to fight this disease. Lions and LCIF continue to work tirelessly with our partners to bring vaccination campaigns to the areas of the world where they are most needed. In October, Lions in Tanzania were key social mobilization partners in a GAVI-supported MR campaign that vaccinated some 21 million children between 9 months to 14 years against measles and rubella. Your donation supports Lions as they make sure that children have access to life-saving vaccines.
Thank you for your support and your dedication to improving health worldwide!
Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
The Baggao Lions Club in the Philippines organized a coastal clean-up activity. This “Protecting Our Environment” project not only helped clean up the beach, but also raised awareness for the importance of having clean coastal areas.
Lions all around the world are working towards a common goal of serving 100 million people by 2017 through youth, vision, health and environmental projects as part of the Centennial Service Challenge. In order to keep track of how many people we are serving, we ask that Lions record their activities on MyLCI. Don’t forget to upload pictures from you project on social media and use the hashtag #LIONS100 so that other clubs can see the impact you are making in your community.
How is your club Protecting Our Environment?
Do you want to help empower and build an accepting community for people with intellectual disabilities? Get involved by chartering a “Champions” Lions Club! “Champions” Lions Clubs focus on projects that serve Special Olympics athletes. Many Lions clubs are involved in this initiative to support these athletes.
Take for example the Whittier Special Olympics SOLA Lions Club. Over 50 members of the Club have had the opportunity to empower persons with intellectual disabilities, show the world the skills and talents of a group often overlooked in today’s society and work with a great organization. The club’s activities include providing sporting events, equipment and uniforms to athletes along with providing volunteers and hearing tests at the fall and summer games each year. The SOLA Lions Club continues to make a positive impact on the Special Olympics movement in Southern California.
Also, congratulations to the Nairobi Fosok Champions Lions Club who recently chartered in support of Special Olympics. This is the first “Champions” Lions Club in Africa and is dedicated to working with persons with intellectual disabilities.
Invite a Special Olympics Athlete
If you are already a Lion, consider inviting a Special Olympics athlete to become a member of your Lions club. Provide them with the opportunity to give back and help others in the community.
Today’s guest blog post comes from the Lions of Multiple District 103 France and their events from World Sight Day. Follow the Lions Clubs of France on Facebook for more information on their recent activities.
More than 300 Lions Clubs stand up for World Sight Day throughout France. Around one third of French Lions volunteered to organize vision screenings in 196 places. The event has been launched on a national level before spring, and thanks to practical tools and appropriate training, Lions realized how easy it was to get involved. Lions could either organize simple tests with the help of opticians and orthoptists, or more accurate vision screenings with ophthalmologists.
Lions raised public awareness of the importance of a healthy vision and disseminated information about eye diseases and prevention. It was also a great opportunity to get Lions Clubs International and its actions better known.
Nearly 9,000 people benefitted from vision screenings and advices given by experts. Lions also collected hundreds of eyeglasses which will be recycled by French Eyeglass Recycling Center Medico Lions Clubs and shipped to people in need. Partnerships with Essilor Vision Foundation, other foundations and local authorities helped Lions organize these events. The Lions of France show they can make a difference in their community and that they are part of the “Sharing the Vision” Campaign within the Centennial Service Challenge
We are proud to be Lions and are looking forward for World Sight Day Oct 8, 2015!
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