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Read the December LION Magazine

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In the special edition December LION Magazine, read first-person stories from Lions around the world about what being a Lion means to them.

  • Discover what Clermont Lion Sue Topf considers a life-changing service project.
  • Learn how Bacolod city Host Lion Em Legaspi Ang finds inspiration despite daunting service needs.
  • Find out how 100 Mile House Lion Neil VanderHorst connects being a Lion with being an optometrist.
  • Read Belo Horizonte Itacolomi Lion Olga De Arujo Moreira’s opinions of the changes needed for her club to move into the future.
  • Find out how Kam Vara, a Milton Keynes Central Lion, joined a club but found a family.

Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.

 

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Relieving the Hunger Global Service Action Campaign

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Between the months of December and January, we are encouraging Lions to get involved and help relieve world hunger through participation in the Relieving the Hunger Global Service Action Campaign. We encourage Lions to not only plan hunger relief projects during these months, but throughout the year.

Working with Partners                                                  

Learn the best ways of working with our partners, Feeding America and Global Foodbanking Network, and local partners such as food pantries, soup kitchens, restaurants, schools, senior centers and more.

Check out our webinar, “Working Together to Relieve Hunger” for ideas, stories and best practices for working with our food banking partners to relieve hunger.

Hunger Project Ideas

During these months we will highlight hunger projects such as:

Participate in the Centennial Service Challenge

Lions worldwide are working towards serving 100 million people by 2017 through their participation in the Centennial Service Challenge with projects that focus on youth, vision, the environment and hunger. Our goal is to benefit 25 million people through hunger relief, with a special goal of serving 10 million with ongoing food assistance. Report your club’s activities to MyLCI, and don’t forget to share photos of your project on social media sites with the hashtag #LIONS100.

How will your club relieve the hunger?

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Happy International #LeoDay!

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Get ready! International Leo Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide to commemorate the first Leo club chartered on December 5th, 1957. What started as a single club in Pennsylvania has grown to approximately 6,500 Leo clubs around the globe. It’s no surprise that our Leos are making an extraordinary impact in their communities through their service.Leo_Platinum

Leo Clubs are a great way for the youth of the world to develop leadership skills, work as a team, and make friends all while serving their community. So far this year, Leos have reported more than 5,000 service activities. Leos are our future!

Check out the Leo Club Program Facebook page to see how Leos all over the globe are making an impact in their local, national and international community. You can follow the International Leo Day celebration by searching #LeoDay on social media sites. Be sure to visit the Leo Zone on our website for information about sponsoring a Leo club, news and events, resources and more.

How will you be celebrating International Leo Day?

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Celebrate Lions Eye Bank Week

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During the first week in December we celebrate “Lions Eye Bank Week.” This provides Lions with the opportunity to promote the services provided by Lions eye banks. Eye banks retrieve and provide eye tissue for sight saving surgeries, such as corneal transplants, research and education. During this week, clubs are encouraged to tour their local eye bank, host or assist with an eye bank open house, organize a donor awareness event and more.

Through their support of eye banking, Lions are participating in the Centennial Service Challenge to meet our challenge of serving 25 million associated with sight. Help us reach our goal of serving 100 million by reporting your activities to MyLCI.

How will your club celebrate Lions Eye Bank Week?

 

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Childhood Blindness Project

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No Longer Turned Away

Carlos was born blind in both eyes from cataracts. For the first three years of his life, he and his parents were shuffled from one clinic to the next, spending all their savings on eye exams. Out of desperation, they even sold their car. His father recalls, “We kept getting sent to different doctors, who took our money but did nothing. Here in Ecuador, there is no health system for the poor. People are left to die on the streets.”

Every minute a child goes blind

Carlos was one of the estimated 1.4 million children around the world are blind, yet the vision of 75 percent of these children could have been saved if they only had access to effective eye care. Accounting for 21 percent of total cases of blindness in Latin America, childhood blindness is especially prevalent in countries like Ecuador.

Offered a new outlook

But darkness was not in five-year-old Carlos’ future. Through a regular screening offered by Lions, his family heard about the Metrofraternidad Foundation (FMF). At the LCIF-funded childhood blindness center in Ecuador, Carlos received surgery that restored his vision. Part of a SightFirst and World Health Organization joint initiative, FMF is one of 34 needs-based pediatric Lions eye care centers around the world committed to eliminating avoidable blindness in children. Since the Lions started supporting FMF in 2003, the number of children treated each year has risen steadily from 500 to more than 1,500 annually.

Today, young Carlos enjoys going to school and playing with his friends. He still receives treatment for strabismus, which developed after the cataract surgeries, but his vision continues to improve. “If it weren’t for the FMF, my son would still be blind,” said his father, grateful for the intervention of the Lions.

Read more about how Lions are fighting avoidable childhood blindness.

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