December and January marked the Relieving the Hunger Global Service Action Campaign, and Lions everywhere participated by feeding their neighbors. From Lions in Malaysia distributing food packages during a local festival, to Lions in Ecuador handing out sandwiches to community members — Lions embraced the feeding campaign and worked to help end global hunger.
Thank you for serving your communities! Remember that hunger affects families and children around the world every day, so continue planning projects that feed the hungry year-round.
How did your Lions club participate in the Relieving the Hunger campaign?
Earlier this week I was in Kolkata, India, where I had the privilege of meeting the participants of the 7th Annual “Beyond Belief” Expedition Challenge. This amazing program is well-supported by Lions, and proves that people who suffer from physical challenges and disabilities are still highly capable of making their dreams come true.
The program’s challenges have included climbing mountains, crossing rivers, rafting through rapids and facing wild elephants! It has been showcased as a case study in motivation and team building — providing participants with the strength and support to integrate into mainstream society. The biggest reward is that since the program began seven years ago, 45 participants of different abilities have found new meaning in their lives.
This year’s participants rowed boats nearly 300 kilometers down the Ganga, from Murshidabad to Kolkata, which is only a prelude to their sea voyage to Paradip. I flagged them in as they completed their four-day journey. These young men are truly an inspiration!
With April’s Family & Friends Month just two months away, it’s time to start planning projects that show your family and friends how Lions make an impact in your community every day. Consider planning a children’s project and bringing along your kids, grandchildren, siblings, parents, neighbors and other friends to join in the service.
Project ideas to serve children during Family & Friends Month include:
Download the LCI Family Friendly How-To Guide for more ideas and tips!
How will your club participate in Family & Friends Month?
In the February LION Magazine, start planning your visit to Toronto for the 2014 International Convention, learn about a project in Minnesota that honors veterans and find out how Leader Dogs are being trained by some surprising volunteers.
Also in this issue:
In the digital LION, find exclusive content such as a video of Leos giving out free hugs, articles from the LION Vault about past international conventions in Toronto and team building activity ideas.
Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.
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