During the month of November, Lions all over are coming together in the fight against diabetes. According to the International Diabetes Federation, an estimated 328 million people are living with diabetes and this number is expected to rise to 592 million by 2035. It is important for Lions to raise awareness for this deadly and debilitating disease. Here’s how your club can help:
How will your club raise awareness for diabetes this month?
When Hurricane Katrina hit the United States in August 2005, the aftermath was devastating. Communities were damaged, but the sense of community spirit was still alive. The road to recovery has been a long one, but Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) have made it a little easier through service and support.
Chalmette High School, a school that acted as a shelter, was filled with eight feet of water and destroyed. The community had to set up a makeshift school following the storm. Lions and LCIF have helped rebuild the school, provide school buses and more to help revitalize the community and create a permanent environment for children to learn.
Learn more about the grants that supported Chalmette High School in the following video, featured in the October 2014 Lions Quarterly video magazine:
In recent months, we have all watched as an outbreak of Ebola has gripped West Africa. The outbreak has taken more than 5,000 lives, and it is estimated that more than 4,000 children have been orphaned. A lack of health education and growing food shortages in these countries are proving to be a disastrous combination. Lions, I am appealing to you to join me in offering support.
We Lions have a long-standing history of helping those who need us around the world. Today at the Europa Forum, I announced that Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) will provide a US$150,000 grant for Ebola Aid. Several countries, including Japan and Sweden, have already committed their support.
With 167 clubs and more than 8,000 Lions in affected countries, Lions and LCIF are pledging their support for those most in need. Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s Ebola Aid campaign and bring hope to Ebola victims, their families and those affected by the outbreak.
I want to thank you for your support and your commitment to meeting humanitarian needs whenever and wherever they arise.
Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
The Lions of District 322B2, in Kolkata, India, organized a project and motivated Lions to donate 5kg of rice for someone in need –they called their project the “Rice Bucket Challenge.” They collected a total of 20,500 units of rice, each weighing 5kg. The rice collected was then distributed to blind residential schools, homes for the mentally and physically challenged, old age homes, street children and beggars.
This Relieving the Hunger project counts towards our own challenge. Our goal for the Centennial Service Challenge is to serve 100 million people by 2017 through youth, vision, hunger and environmental projects. We are encouraging Lions to not only record their activities to MyLCI, but also post them to their club’s Facebook page or other social media sites. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #LIONS100 so that clubs around the world will be able to see the impact you are making in your community.
What types of hunger projects is your club organizing?
In 1917, Melvin Jones had a vision. It’s a vision that has sustained Lions Clubs International for nearly 100 years and one that has inspired my work as your International President.
This January, I invite you to join me for a special week of celebration and service honoring the legacy of our founder, Melvin Jones. It’s a great way to get involved in the Centennial celebration, strengthen your community and show your family and friends what it really means to be a Lion.
The Worldwide Week of Service in January is an international event that brings Lions around the world together to celebrate the birth of our founder by hosting a service project of your choice during the week of January 10-16. Your club can join the fun by hosting a service project benefiting youth, vision, hunger or the environment.
It’s that easy. Just visit the Lions Worldwide Week of Service website today and start planning your project. Your club will even earn a special Centennial Banner Patch when you report your project on the MyLCI Service Activity Report!
And remember to bring your cameras, because we’ll be sharing photos of your service projects on Facebook throughout the whole week. Just use the hashtag #Lions100 and we’ll share your images on the LCI Facebook page.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be involved in one of the biggest Centennial events of the year!
Your International President,
Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see more activities, projects and pictures from my trips around the world.
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