These few words say so much about what our organization means to the people we help. Earlier this month, I heard those words from a mother that I met at a clinic in Cuba, where her daughter was being treated for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Her daughter was born prematurely. She was so small when she was born that her eyes did not develop properly, causing ROP.
Through an LCIF SightFirst grant to provide special equipment, the clinic was able to detect the disorder, treat the condition and save the girl’s sight. Thanks to this life-altering equipment and the contributions of Lions, we are saving the sight of premature babies at risk for ROP throughout the world.
This is what LCIF and Lions are all about – service where it is needed most. You can view a short video below of my visit and meet the amazing little girl who was helped through the support of Lions.
LCIF efforts like saving vision, as well as empowering youth, providing disaster relief and meeting humanitarian needs, cannot be done without your generous support. During my visits as Chairperson, I have been asking Lions to support our Foundation to increase these valuable humanitarian programs. And Lions have responded. Because of your generous support, we will soon announce a new program to recognize District Governors and Coordinators who increase giving to LCIF.
Thank you for your support!
Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
The Lions from District 325-A2 in Nepal organized a project for 51 school children called, “Keep Clean and Stationary Distribution Programme.” They put on a demonstration for the students on how to properly wash their hands and brush their teeth, and also provided each student with stationary and a bag filled with personal hygiene products.
Lions all over the world are taking part in the Centennial Service Challenge –working towards the common goal of serving 100 million people by 2017. Projects such as this one benefit Engaging Our Youth, which is one of the four Global Service Action Campaigns. Record your activities on MyLCI and post your photos to your club’s Facebook page. This way, everyone can see the impact you are making in the lives of your community.
How are you making an impact in your community?
Next month, Lions around the world will celebrate Lions World Sight Day. This international event is held each year to recognize the importance of curing preventable blindness. From vision screenings to eye health education and any other vision-related activity, Lions are encouraged to participate.
The focus of this year’s World Sight Day, held on October 9, is “no more avoidable blindness.” October’s Global Service Action Campaign is “Sharing the Vision,” so you can carry the spirit of World Sight Day throughout the whole month!
The official Lions Clubs International World Sight Day celebration will be held in Iceland on October 14. As part of the event, LCIF approved a US$70,000 SightFirst grant last August to support the eye health activities in Reykjavik. Funds will be used to purchase needed eye care equipment for the University Hospital’s Department of Ophthalmology.
This year, the ANZI-Pacific Forum was held in Adelaide, Australia on August 29th through the 31st. It truly was a “Passport to Excellence.” I was privileged to formally open the Forum and spread the message to Strengthen the Pride. Not only did I enjoy some great musical entertainment, but I also got to be the entertainment. Everyone was on their feet singing and dancing along with Joni and me. We had a great time!
Though you may not have been with me in Adelaide, I am still encouraging you, Lions, to Strengthen the Pride through service, strengthening your club and creativity. This October is Membership Growth month, so I am urging you to Ask One. If every Lion asked just one person to join their club, imagine how much more we could do!
Join with me in helping to Strengthen the Pride!
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Today’s guest blogger from the Ormoc Supreme Lions Club in the Philippines talks about the new hunger project they have started and the impact it is making in their community. Hunger Projects work towards our goal of serving 100 million people by 2017 as part of the Centennial Service Challenge. Don’t forget to record your activities on MyLCI.
It has been nine months since Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Visayas Area in the Philippines and our city, the City of Ormoc, was one of those mostly affected. Our city and our lovely homes were not only affected, but also our economy and our livelihood. Most of our brothers and sisters struggle to find work and to feed their families because there is no more food/financial assistance to be received from the government and other various organizations. Many of the children who are victims of the super typhoon are malnourished because their parents don’t have enough money to buy nutritious food to help them grow healthy and strong.
So, on September 7, 2014 we started our “Feed a Child Program” to assist the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Through this program, we feed the children in our area twice a month for nine months. We know we will have a small impact on the children, but we will have a big impact on the community — one where they know that the Ormoc Supreme Lions Club and the Ormoc Ultimate Lions Club care for the children in their community. Through this, we give them hope that we, Lions Clubs, are always there to help the less fortunate.
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