Here’s a story that proves small town Lions clubs can follow big dreams — and achieve them!
The Lions Club of tiny Whitianga, New Zealand, population 4,000, has already raised over $160,000 since Christmas 2013 toward the purchase of an X-Ray machine for the benefit of the residents of the Mercury Bay area. The total population for the greater Mercury Bay area is around 5,000. The area is so remote that injured people often must travel over an hour by ambulance through winding roads to Thames Hospital, or over two hours to Waikato Hospital just to be examined.
The Club has now raised its fundraising goal to $220,000 to also cover the costs of installation and operation of the greatly needed equipment.
The new equipment will provide immediate X-Ray exams using the latest digital technology, and will allow specialists at Waikato to identify and diagnose what further action is required. This can help prevent many lengthy ambulance trips in the area.
The club has sponsored numerous fundraisers, including a recent fish auction. Local businesses and organizations have joined in sponsoring their own fundraisers including everything from cake sales to Glass Bottom Boat rides, musical Concerts, art fairs, quilting shows, donations of shuttle rides, carpet cleaning, and significant donations from clubs and individuals.
During the weeks since Christmas 2013, the Lions Club of Whitianga have been featured in every issue of the local papers for their community service. This great publicity has generated an interest in a number of local citizens to express interest in joining this successful club.
No matter how big or small your club is or where you are located, you can make a difference. Get the word out about your club’s mission, service projects and events, and get your entire community involved! Use one of our Sample Press Releases to make an announcement through your local newspaper.
The above story includes excerpts from an article by Richard Gordon, a new member of the Whitianga Lions Club. Do you have a story to share? Submit a Photo through the LCI website!
Also in this issue:
In the Digital LION, watch the moving film, “Notes on Blindness,” see an inspiring recruitment video by a Texas Campus club and read about Lions parades in 1941 from the LION Vault.
Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.
Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!
When Helen Keller named Lions “Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness,” Lions responded by making it our mission to serve blind and vision-impaired people everywhere. Today, we’re still known for our sight services — eyeglass recycling in particular. May is Recycle for Sight Month, and we encourage your club to participate and raise awareness about eyeglass recycling in your community.
Many people often wonder how Lions eyeglass recycling works. The video above features a vision mission trip to Puerto Vallarta, organized by the Fargo Lions Club, and does a great job of explaining how eyeglasses are collected, sorted and distributed. The process begins with a simple eyeglass collection box, and ends with hundreds of eyeglasses given to children and adults in need.
How is your club participating in Recycle for Sight Month? To start a Recycle for Sight program in your community, see our list of Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers, and download our Club Guide for Collecting Used Eyeglasses.
As this month’s Protecting Our Environment Global Service Action Campaign comes to an end, it’s time to take a moment to appreciate the fruits of our labor. Stop and smell the roses! Or in my case last week in the Netherlands, the tulips! Anne and I took a lovely stroll through Keukenhof, the world’s largest garden, and as we made our way through the colorful blooms I felt so proud knowing that Lions everywhere have been working hard all month long to preserve and protect beauty such as this. Thank you, Lions!
I would love to see what your club has done to protect the environment! Be sure to share your photos on Facebook and show the world how you’ve helped make the future a little greener.
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