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During the month of October, Lions are encouraged to join in the fight against blindness by participating in the Sharing the Vision Global Service Action Campaign. We are inviting you to take action by organizing sight projects to help make a difference in your own community.
Lions all over the globe are working towards serving 100 million people by December 2017 through their participation in Global Service Action Campaigns. The Centennial Service Challenge is split into four Global Service Action Campaigns that each focus on different projects –youth, vision, environment and hunger. This month we are highlighting vision projects such as:
Our special goal is to serve 10 million children with eye care. Report your club’s service activity to MyLCI and don’t forget to share photos of your project as well.
How will your club be “Sharing the Vision?”
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.
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