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Dec
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Celebrate Lions Eye Bank Week

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During the first week in December we celebrate “Lions Eye Bank Week.” This provides Lions with the opportunity to promote the services provided by Lions eye banks. Eye banks retrieve and provide eye tissue for sight saving surgeries, such as corneal transplants, research and education. During this week, clubs are encouraged to tour their local eye bank, host or assist with an eye bank open house, organize a donor awareness event and more.

Through their support of eye banking, Lions are participating in the Centennial Service Challenge to meet our challenge of serving 25 million associated with sight. Help us reach our goal of serving 100 million by reporting your activities to MyLCI.

How will your club celebrate Lions Eye Bank Week?

 

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Nov
28

Video Clip: Lions Give the Gift of Sight

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In this short video clip, see just how amazing the work of Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation is when it comes to saving sight through the SightFirst program:

Thanks to the efforts of Lions and LCIF, millions have received the gift of sight. This #GivingTuesday (Dec. 2), give the gift of sight.

Make a difference, donate to LCIF

Thank you for your support!

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Nov
26

Childhood Blindness Project

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No Longer Turned Away

Carlos was born blind in both eyes from cataracts. For the first three years of his life, he and his parents were shuffled from one clinic to the next, spending all their savings on eye exams. Out of desperation, they even sold their car. His father recalls, “We kept getting sent to different doctors, who took our money but did nothing. Here in Ecuador, there is no health system for the poor. People are left to die on the streets.”

Every minute a child goes blind

Carlos was one of the estimated 1.4 million children around the world are blind, yet the vision of 75 percent of these children could have been saved if they only had access to effective eye care. Accounting for 21 percent of total cases of blindness in Latin America, childhood blindness is especially prevalent in countries like Ecuador.

Offered a new outlook

But darkness was not in five-year-old Carlos’ future. Through a regular screening offered by Lions, his family heard about the Metrofraternidad Foundation (FMF). At the LCIF-funded childhood blindness center in Ecuador, Carlos received surgery that restored his vision. Part of a SightFirst and World Health Organization joint initiative, FMF is one of 34 needs-based pediatric Lions eye care centers around the world committed to eliminating avoidable blindness in children. Since the Lions started supporting FMF in 2003, the number of children treated each year has risen steadily from 500 to more than 1,500 annually.

Today, young Carlos enjoys going to school and playing with his friends. He still receives treatment for strabismus, which developed after the cataract surgeries, but his vision continues to improve. “If it weren’t for the FMF, my son would still be blind,” said his father, grateful for the intervention of the Lions.

Read more about how Lions are fighting avoidable childhood blindness.

From LCIF: Our Impact Story Archives

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Nov
26

Leos Twinning in Cyprus

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On November 2, 2014, the Izmir Mersinli Leo Club of Turkey and the Lefkosa Lider Leo Club of Cyprus arranged a twinning ceremony. Together, the twin clubs organized an event at a foster home for children where they participated in coloring activities and snacks with the kids. Visit their Facebook pages for more pictures and recent events.

The International Club Twinning Program allows Lions and Leos to learn about another club and its culture. This is a voluntary, mutual agreement that takes place between two like clubs in different countries.15160217284_7319d911e9_z

How to Select a Club Twin

Twinnings vary from club-to-club and can occur as a result of:

  • friendships made when club members from different countries meet at international forums or conventions
  • using the Club Locator to search for other clubs.
  • assistance from a Lions International Relations Chairperson or International Understanding and Cooperation Chairperson

Awards and Recognition

After developing a twinning relationship, the clubs can apply for an International Club Twinning Banner Patch Award.

Visit our Club Twinning Guidelines page on our website for more information.

What is your favorite part about Twinning?

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Nov
25

Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season.

When you decide where you will give on Giving Tuesday, we hope you think of your foundation, LCIF. Read some of our impact stories to learn how your donation will help Lions serve millions of people around the world.

Did you know…

  • A $20 donation provides more than 20 children a life-saving immunization against measles?
  • A $50 donation provides adaptive devices for people with low vision?
  • A $100 donation provides life skills to 10 children through the Lions Quest program?
  • A $1,000 donation provides food, water and basic necessities for dozens of families following a disaster?

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, give because you care. Give to make a change. And give to make a difference. #GivingTuesday

Make a difference, donate to LCIF

Thank you for your support!

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Rap Video Finalist: Brussels Cooperation & Da Vinci Lions Clubs

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Lions Reading Action Program Rap Video Contest finalists have been announced! Above is the rap video created by the Brussels Cooperation & Da Vinci Lions Clubs. We…