Taoyuan Chern Uei Lions Club from District 300-G2 Taiwan organized a “Relieving the Hunger” project for the elderly in their community. The Lions purchased food items and delivered these bags of groceries to seniors living alone.
Has your club recently planned a hunger project in your area? Don’t forget to record your club’s activities to MyLCI. Help us reach our goal of serving 100 million people by 2017 through participation is similar projects, such as sponsoring a food drive for your local food pantry, establishing a community garden and delivering food baskets to families in need.
What other hunger projects have you participated in?
In the February LION Magazine, find a host of ideas and inspiration for your Honolulu international convention experience. Also, learn about a club in North Carolina that beautifies its town thanks to garbage, find out ways Lions make the most of winter service and hear the Lions’ roar from Uganda.
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In the Digital LION, watch videos that recap the 2000 convention in Honolulu and beckon Lions to Hawaii, read LION stories from the archives on past Hawaii conventions and see the latest Higher Key Award recipients.
Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.
Leanne Camilleri will always remember February 7, 2009 as Black Friday—the day she was among the 7,562 Australians displaced from their homes from the continent’s most destructive string of bushfires. Scorching temperatures, high winds and low humidity ignited the fires that destroyed over 1.1 million acres of land and injured or killed hundreds of people. The community of Marysville in Victoria was virtually destroyed in 26 minutes. All but 14 of the town’s 400 buildings were consumed, leaving those who survived with nothing.
“The state just erupted in fire. It was so hot that the iron on the roof was melting in pools. Engines in cars were melting. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen and nothing I ever want to see again,” said David Jones, Melbourne Lions Club. Amidst the smoke and with the assistance of US$130,000 in major catastrophe and emergency grants awarded by the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Lions stepped up immediately with generous donations of supplies and the creation of a relief distribution center to help people like Camilleri.
Reaching remote Marysville was challenging, but Lions worked non-stop, overcoming many obstacles to make sure that donations reached those who needed them. “When you go from absolutely nothing to within a couple of weeks we’re comfortable, we’re feeling quite overwhelmed by all of that,” said Christine Adams, fire victim and Lion.
“It’s very hard to describe how you’re feeling, that you’re walking out of something and you have just lost everything. It wasn’t until people started ringing us and said, ‘Well, look, the Lions can help you out.’ I can’t get over the generosity of people. It’s not just simply, ‘we’re giving you something.’ But they’re also giving us part of themselves as well. I can’t thank them enough,” Camilleri explained.
From LCIF: Our Impact Story Archives
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?
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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