Today’s guest blog post comes from the Lions of Multiple District 103 France and their events from World Sight Day. Follow the Lions Clubs of France on Facebook for more information on their recent activities.
More than 300 Lions Clubs stand up for World Sight Day throughout France. Around one third of French Lions volunteered to organize vision screenings in 196 places. The event has been launched on a national level before spring, and thanks to practical tools and appropriate training, Lions realized how easy it was to get involved. Lions could either organize simple tests with the help of opticians and orthoptists, or more accurate vision screenings with ophthalmologists.
Lions raised public awareness of the importance of a healthy vision and disseminated information about eye diseases and prevention. It was also a great opportunity to get Lions Clubs International and its actions better known.
Nearly 9,000 people benefitted from vision screenings and advices given by experts. Lions also collected hundreds of eyeglasses which will be recycled by French Eyeglass Recycling Center Medico Lions Clubs and shipped to people in need. Partnerships with Essilor Vision Foundation, other foundations and local authorities helped Lions organize these events. The Lions of France show they can make a difference in their community and that they are part of the “Sharing the Vision” Campaign within the Centennial Service Challenge
We are proud to be Lions and are looking forward for World Sight Day Oct 8, 2015!
Held at the UN Headquarters in New York City, the 37th annual Lions Day with the United Nations is celebrating 70 years of partnership. Since our collaboration in 1945, Lions and the UN have worked together on many humanitarian projects such as the SightFirst program.
This year’s theme is “Children In Need.” Lions are encouraged to join the UN in achieving the Millennium Development Goals by addressing important humanitarian needs such as eradicating poverty and hunger, providing access to education, combating diseases and ensuring environmental sustainability. LDUN gives the opportunity for Lions to learn how, together with the UN, we can continue to help those in need on a global level.
This year’s Lions Day with the UN takes place on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Space is limited, so mark your calendars and register today. We hope to see you there!
Today is World Diabetes Day, a day created by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization to promote diabetes awareness and advocacy around the world. This year’s theme is “healthy living and diabetes.”
Diabetes is a chronic disease, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 357 million people worldwide have diabetes. Over time, diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves, and the overall risk of dying among people with diabetes is at least double the risk of their peers without diabetes, according to the WHO. Education, prevention and treatment programs are important tools to help people with this disease.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has several grant programs that enable Lions to prevent and reduce the impact of diabetes around the world. The main way that LCIF helps Lions fight diabetes is through the Core 4 Diabetes grant program. To date, LCIF has awarded 27 Core 4 Diabetes grants totaling more than US$2.1 million. These programs support Lions’ efforts to expand and enhance diabetes education, prevention and treatment programs.
LCIF is committed to helping Lions address this global health issue in their communities. During the recent October 2014 meeting, LCIF’s International Board of Directors approved a Core 4 grant for Sri Lanka, District 306-B1 to expand a diabetes screening program. They also approved a Standard grant for MD 300 Taiwan, District 300-G2 to support local diabetes wellness programs and services. A SightFirst Research grant was also recently awarded to Semmelweis University in Hungary for a Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) with a diabetic retinopathy module, the results of which will inform future development of diabetes eye care services.
Led by the International Diabetes Federation, the World Diabetes Day campaign engages millions of people worldwide in raising awareness for diabetes. Held on November 14th every year, the theme for the 2014-16 campaign is healthy living and diabetes. This year’s activities will focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle to help avoid serious complications, such as diabetic retinopathy, and prevent most cases of type 2 diabetes.
During November and all throughout the year, Lions have been participating in diabetes advocacy activities such as organizing Strides events, and diabetes screenings, supporting diabetes camps and more. Diabetes Chairpersons help to promote and support LCI’s diabetes programs; and they may be appointed on the club, district and multiple district levels. Lions are committed to the control and treatment of diabetes and its complications through education and prevention. To learn more, visit our Diabetes Awareness and Action page.
How will your club celebrate World Diabetes Day?
Last week, Joni and I spent a few days in Spain to celebrate 50 years of service with the Lions Clubs of Spain. While we were there, we visited a Community Center in Tenerife with the Campus Lions Club. They offer multiple services for disadvantaged youth, such as reading, growing food and dancing. They even offer training for parents. We had such a great time meeting with some of the children.
I had the pleasure of inducting a new member, Fabiola Socas, who just got back from Leader Dog School with her new dog. She was excited to have her new dog and even more excited to become a Lion.
We were warmly welcomed by the Lions of Spain. Congratulations on your 50 years! #WeServe!
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