LCIF Provides Emergency/Disaster Relief Grants in January 2015

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When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions are able to rely on disaster relief grants and funds from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).

In January 2015, LCIF provided 5 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$40,000.

These grants are adressing meet immediate needs in:

Malaysia, District 308-B1
$10,000 for flood relief

Thailand, District 310-BCopy of Picture 543
$10,000 for flood relief

Sri Lanka, District 306-C2
$5,000 for flood relief

Brazil, District LC-5
$5,000 for fire relief

Malawi, District 412
$10,000 for flood relief

*Emergency grants listed by date approved.

Emergency Grants provide up to US$10,000 for districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis. Lions district governors may apply for disaster relief funds to help meet immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies. LCIF typically awards more than US$2 million in Emergency Grant funding each year.

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Medical Check Ups in Panama

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The Chanis Lions Club in Panama took part in an activity organized by District D-1 to provide medical assistance for those in need. With the help of Lions Clubs Don Bosco, Meteti-Darien and Parque Lefevre, they were able to offer pediatric care, ophthalmology, gynecology, dentistry, optometry and general care. They were also able to perform laboratory tests and provide medicines through their local pharmacy and the support of Lions Clubs El Dorado, Agua Dulce, and Betania. Be sure to follow the Chanis Lions on Facebook for up-to-date information on their club projects.

How do you team up with other clubs to make an impact in your community?

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On the Brink of Disease Eradication

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In the next 15 years, we’ll see major breakthroughs for most people living in poor countries. In its annual letter, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation bets that polio, guinea worm, river blindness and blinding trachoma will be eradicated by 2030


Lions  and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) will play a critical role in the elimination of both onchocerciasis (“river blindness”) and trachoma. LCIF’s SightFirst funds projects that address these diseases  by creating high-quality, sustainable projects that distribute necessary medications, deliver eye care services, develop infrastructure, train personnel and/or provide rehabilitation and education in underserved communities.

Learn more about how Lions and LCIF are fighting eye diseases, or donate now to give the gift of sight.



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Preston’s Blog: Charter Nights in China

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Joni and I were in China two weeks ago, and what an incredible experience we had! We met a Lion who has the first guide dog in Beijing, welcomed a new district with 1600 members in Xianyang, chartered a new club with 200 members in Kunming and got to go with them to their first project.

This new club has adopted a children’s hospital for cerebral palsy patients. They will be providing them with financial support, food, medical and other supplies. We got to meet many of the children as well. It was a wonderful experience to see this new club in action!

Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see more activities, projects and pictures from my trips around the world.

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Peace Poster Contest Judging

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Last week, more than 25 members and leaders of youth outreach and the art community came to Loyola University Museum of Art to judge this year’s Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest finalists. There were 132 posters –all created by 11, 12 and 13 year old children from around the world.

Amongst those in attendance were Greg Allen, Founding Director of the Neo-Futurists; Gary Fry, Director of Midwest Young Artists Voices Rising; James Lackey, Artist at Horizons for the Blind; Steven Rosengard, Assistant Curator at the Museum of Science and Industry; and many more.

We would like to thank our judges for their participation and congratulate our peace poster finalists. The grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be announced on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at this year’s Lions Day with the United Nations.

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