In fiscal year 2013-2014, Lions, our partners and friends generously donated US$43.9 million to LCIF. The Foundation awarded 538 grants totaling more than US$46 million.
Because of your generosity and compassion, 83,000 people received cataract or trichiasis surgery, millions of children were vaccinated against measles and rubella, and 51,000 victims of natural disasters received emergency relief. Read LCIF’s Annual Report for 2013-2014 to learn how your donations continue to change lives and build our foundation of service.
Aloha, Lions! Are you up for the challenge? IP Joe Preston invites you to participate in the Hawaiian Shirt Challenge. Put on your favorite Hawaiian attire and post a video or picture and let us know if you are coming to this year’s Lions International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii!
We hope to see you there!
In Wyoming, USA, Lions organized a “Ride for Sight” fundraiser in which the money raised went to support the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation and more. These funds were then used to provide eye surgeries to those in need. But it’s thanks to the registered eye, organ and tissue donors that the surgery was possible.
This month we honor those donors and their families for giving the gift of sight. Organizing a fundraiser, distributing donor awareness materials at a community event, and inviting an eye bank representative to speak at a club or district meeting are just a few ways your Lions club can recognize Eye Donor Awareness Month.
The United States celebrates Eye Donor Awareness in March; however, donor awareness varies throughout the world, such as:
How does your club emphasize the need for eye donors?
Last week Joni and I were in Paris, as I’m sure many of you saw our view of the Eiffel Tour from our room. After being able to tour this beautiful city, Joni and I visited Généthon, a Lions sponsored facility. They conduct genetic research, as well as gene therapy for rare diseases. Their partnership with the Lions has been progressing for 45 years! The next morning, we left for Nice.
Our time in Nice was busy, as we partook in the inauguration of a Lions sponsored facility that treats Alzheimer’s disease. Along with meeting with the Lions of France, we also were able to visit with our furry friends at the Dog Guide School that has been operating since 1966 in Èze, France!
It was incredible to see the institutes the French Lions sponsor and the large impact they are making in their country!
Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see more activities, projects and pictures from my trips around the world.
As a Lion, I truly believe that there is strength in numbers. There’s tremendous strength in partnerships, too. That’s why Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) decided to partner with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. With our help, Gavi has averted the deaths of seven million children.
I recently represented LCIF at “Reach Every Child,” a pledging conference for Gavi, hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. To help fight this deadly disease, Lions have committed to raising US$30 million to improve access to vaccines through Gavi.
I am sure that I don’t need to remind you that measles is an extremely infectious disease. Every single day, 330 children die from measles. You can make a contribution to LCIF today to create a healthier, brighter tomorrow for the children who need you most.
Thank you for continuing to fight against measles to ensure all children everywhere receive life-saving vaccinations.
Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
View the rest of the February LCIF newsletter here.
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