The countdown to the Lions International Convention continues! Participate in our many seminars and events in Hamburg, Germany on July 5-9, 2013, to learn how volunteering can make a difference in your community.
Are you going to this year’s convention? Which seminars and events are you planning to attend?
The Chesapeake Deep Creek Lions Club in Virginia, USA sponsored a White Water Rafting trip for three blind individuals. Six Lions went on the trip to help guide the blind rafters down the river. They successfully made it through Class 4 and 5 rapids, which include very difficult, dangerous and violent rapids.
Lions everywhere are dedicated to helping people with visually impairments lead happy, healthy lives through eyeglass recycling, sight projects, vision screenings, and sponsorships such as this one. The rafting adventure helped the blind individuals conquer their fears and realize that even though they are blind, they still have the opportunities to do great things.
How does your Lions club work with blind or visually impaired individuals in your community?
Today’s post is by Lions Mark and Debbie Mansell, who are currently on a motorcycle journey across America to help support Leader Dogs for the Blind. Follow along each week as they recap this incredible adventure.
Turning an Idea into Reality
Riding our motorcycles through all the contiguous 48 states in 24 days for one great cause. Sounds kind of simple … right? It just seemed to roll off the tongue with such ease when the idea came to us nine months ago.
Well now we are actually out attempting to do just that. We have put in five straight days of riding for a total of more than 2,200 miles traveling through 10 states so far. Our bodies are now asking our heads, “Whose great idea was this trip anyway? Forty-eight states in 24 days on motorcycles without any rest days. Really?”
This questioning between our 52-year-old bodies and our young-at-heart minds has become our nightly ritual over the past week. What keeps us going is without question the people.
First and foremost, the people Leader Dogs for the Blind serves: their clients. But also keeping us going are the Lions around the country who are the inspiration for this trip in the first place. This trip is really a thank you tour to all that Lions do for those who have lost their sight. Having the chance to travel the country and thank as many Lions in person for their support of Leader Dogs for the Blind was our dream. A dream that we are actually living each day; 400 plus miles at a whack.
Lions such as the Eustis Lions (Eustis, NE) and the Vermillion Lions (Vermillion, SD) who are just some of the wonderful and selfless people who have helped us forget about our sore muscles and achy backsides at the end of each long day. Lions like these terrific folks help us forget how tired and sore we are from this two-wheeled Lions adventure we are on. We look forward to meeting so many more Lions throughout the remaining 38 states and 7,000 additional miles over the next 19 days. What an experience we are having as two Lions in support of Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Follow us on Facebook.com/CyclingforLeaderDogs to keep up with us and our daily trip updates.
Learn more about Mark and Debbie: Meet the Road Roariors
Two more hands can make a huge difference when it comes to Lions projects, like disaster relief efforts that provide immediate assistance to people in need. Watch this fun promotional video from Lions in Australia, who invite people to lend a helping hand (or two!) for a good cause.
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