Today’s guest post was written by Lion Alastair McKechnie from the Gillingham, Mere and Shaftesbury Lions Club in England. Read about a project in the United Kingdom known as SpecTreck and how the club has been an active participant for more than 25 years. Visit the GMS Lions Facebook page for more information on this event and other current projects.
The SpecTrek Project is run by the region’s Lions annually with collection in April. The Petersfield Lions Club travels around the region collecting every club’s donations at a number of designated pick-up points including a lunchtime stop-over with us in Gillingham.
To participate, GMS Lions collect used spectacles from lions-labelled boxes we have placed in local opticians and other stores throughout our area, in addition to those passed on to us by individual members of the public. Since last April, we have managed to collect a staggering 12,443 pairs of used glasses.
On Sunday, April 19th, we hosted nine other local clubsat Gillingham town hall for a buffet lunch and collectively presented 28,260 pairs of used glasses to the Petersfield Lions.
The glasses are sorted and any broken specs are discarded. Then they are packaged up and sent to another club to be graded and from there they are ready for the last leg of their journey.
In these days of green issues, the Lions spectacle collection project is more than recycling; it is reuse of a costly asset. We have collected over 2 million pairs of specs over the last 27 years for sight projects in Africa and Asia; a significant saving in today’s world. More importantly, the collection brings hope to many families in the developing world who have been blighted by loss of sight.
In October 2014, Tanzania carried out one of the largest public health interventions in the country’s history. In one short week, more than 20 million children were immunized in a measles and rubella vaccination campaign. Tanzanian Lions were active in the social mobilization planning process at the national and municipal level to ensure that high coverage would be achieved. During the campaign, Lions worked to educate parents on the dangers of measles and rubella and to encourage them to bring their children to vaccination camps to be immunized. Activities included the production and distribution of more than 20,000 posters and banners, road shows to raise awareness in urban areas, hosting mini-campaign launch events to raise awareness and engage communities at the municipal level, and using radio, television, and print media to amplify awareness of the campaign.
Having Lions members in countries around the world that care about protecting children from measles and rubella is one of Lions’ greatest strengths as an M&RI partner and Lions social mobilization activities in their countries have made a contribution to the success of numerous vaccination campaigns.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is an official partner of the Measles & Rubella Initiative. This collaboration has successfully reduced the number of measles-related deaths throughout the world. LCIF and Lions provide technical, financial and grassroots support for measles vaccination campaigns. Through this partnership, over one billion children have been vaccinated in more than 80 countries, reducing measles deaths by 90 percent in nearly all countries.
Donate today to help LCIF vaccinate even more children against measles and rubella!
Some pictures of Lions responding to the Nepal earthquake. Much more help is needed.
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Once again – nature has struck a devastating blow – this time in the form of a 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal.
As the global leader in humanitarian service, Lions Clubs International is uniquely qualified to provide immediate assistance. Already, LCIF has issued an major catastrophe grant in the amount of $100,000 USD. But more will be needed. You can help by donating now to the LCIF emergency fund.
As we draft this letter, the Lions of Nepal are joining together, along with Lions from neighboring countries, to get much needed emergency supplies such as food, fresh water, and temporary shelter into the areas of devastation.
This is the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal in nearly 100 years. Our message to Nepal is “help is on the way.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, and the Lions of Nepal in this time of need.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions around the world are celebrating World Immunization Week, which begins today and runs through April 30.
Lions, LCIF and our partners are working hard every day to stop measles. Through fundraising, social mobilization and various campaign support activities, Lions have shown their commitment to combating measles.
Throughout the week, LCIF will post information and stories on Facebook and Twitter using the #vaccineswork hashtag. Follow #vaccineswork to see how fellow Lions and our partners are addressing the immunization gap around the world.
And remember to share your story with LCIF and Lions!
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