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 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?
Have you ever wondered how Lions Clubs International Foundation can help Lions change lives around the world and at home? Experience the impact of LCIF at this year’s ISAAME Forum from December 4 through December 7 in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius.
LCIF will have staff on hand who can answer questions regarding grant programs, the application process, and donations, as well as provide informational materials. Be sure to ask about the Lions Measles Initiative!
This year, there are several informational sessions regarding LCIF:
→ On Thursday, December 4, there will be an LCIF Coordinators meeting in the Westin Hotel from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
→On Saturday, December 6, LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer will present “LCIF: Impacting ISAAME” in the SVICC Swan Room, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Forums provide for an exchange of information and ideas surrounding service activities and Lions’ projects while promoting the principles and objectives of Lions Clubs International and LCIF. All Lions in the constitutional area in which the forum is held are invited to participate.
You can read about LCIF’s activities at the FOLAC Forum in the upcoming weeks.
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?
Thanks to the efforts of Lions and LCIF, millions have received the gift of sight. This #GivingTuesday (Dec. 2), give the gift of sight.
Thank you for your support!
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.”
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.
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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