On Saturday, February 15, 2014, Lions took part in the 36th Annual Lions Day with the United Nations (LDUN) event held at UN headquarters in New York. The event commemorated the long-standing partnership between Lions and the United Nations with a special emphasis on the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Over 450 Lions and guests from 25 countries attended the event representing the vast reach of our global network. Large delegations from Italy, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan contributed to the international presence, along with UN ambassadors and dignitaries that attended the luncheon.
Lions Clubs International President Barry J. Palmer welcomed Lions by underscoring the important role they play in addressing the most pressing global humanitarian needs, including the eradication of extreme poverty through community empowerment. He challenged Lions to continue their efforts under the Global Service Action Campaigns, and other key initiatives that improve the lives of millions around the globe.
Adil Najam, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, spoke about the importance of globalized societies in the 21st century working together to achieve sustainable solutions. Dr. Najam also reminded Lions that the UN and civil society organizations must come together to achieve greater impact.
William Mou, the Chairman and Co-founder of Lost Boys Rebuilding Southern Sudan, gave a heartfelt account of his experience as a “Lost Boy.” Mou’s remarks were followed by a panel discussion on the ways that Lions are equipping the people of South Sudan with literacy so they can work together to build a more peaceful and healthy nation. The panel featured Lions Wendi Dwyer and William Mou.
The 2014 Lions Day with the United Nations was a very successful event. The program showcased Lions global impact and left attendees inspired to take action in their local communities.
Congratulations to Tongbram Mahesh Singh, a 12-year-old boy from India and the grand prize winner of this year’s Lions International Peace Poster Contest. His poster was chosen among over 100 entries from all over the world for beautifully depicting the theme “Our World, Our Future.” He was sponsored by the Moirang Lions Club.
Tongbram will receive a special award and US$5,000 and will be recognized at this year’s Lions Clubs International Convention in Toronto, Canada.
To sponsor a Peace Poster Contest in your community for the 2014-15 theme, “Peace, Love and Understanding,” order a kit today!
The next Membership Webinar is fast approaching! Join Lions on Wednesday, February 18 (2 p.m. CST), for the Family and Friends Month Webinar. Family and Friends Month is in April, so it’s time to start planning projects, events and activities that encourage your children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, coworkers, neighbors and friends to serve their community with Lions!
This webinar will focus on ideas for how your club can participate, as well as information on the Lions World Lunch Relay and contests.
Can’t make it to the next webinar? Check out more upcoming Lions webinars here.
Last week I was in Tunisia for the All Africa Conference, and I was able to make a visit to a facility built by Lions for deaf children. Here is a photo of me with students I met from the school. These students are deaf, and they are taking courses at the school that teach them how to cook — a skill that they will be able to use for the rest of their lives.
I love Lions programs such as this one, which provide young people not only with the immediate resources and support they need, but also skills that they will keep with them forever to better improve their lives on their own.
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