As December and January’s Relieving the Hunger Global Service Action campaign continues, we’re sharing another video from our Lions Quarterly (LQ) archives. The video above features Lions in South Africa who collect, sort and distribute food to local communities in need.
Depending on where Lions are located, Lions feeding projects include a wide range of activities:
Recent Webinars with partner organizations The Global FoodBank Network and Feeding America and FoodBank Australia and FoodBank Western Australia can help you plan your Relieving the Hunger project:
How does your Lions club feed the community?
The Donate a Photo campaign is still going strong! Lions, Leos and friends can continue supporting Sight for Kids through the Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo app* until January 31, 2014. It’s an easy way to give this holiday season — simply download the app and submit a photo of your holiday celebration, your winter wonderland, your favorite Lions project, your eyes, your pet, your kids, your lunch … anything!
You can donate one photo per day, and for every photo donated, Johnson and Johnson will donate $1 to Sight for Kids. That means when you donate a photo, you’re helping a child in need receive an eye exam! Read more details and guidelines about Donate a Photo here.
Last week, we reached 10,000 donated photos! Help us reach our goal of 30,000 by the end of January!
*The Donate a Photo app is available in the United States only. No matter where you live, be sure to get the word out about Lions Sight for Kids program and the importance of eye exams for our children. Photos shared are not used for commercial purposes.
Disclosure: You can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. For every photo donated to Sight for Kids, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. will donate $1 to that cause. You can donate photos to Sight for Kids until Janaury 31, 2014 or until it reaches its goal of $30,000, whichever comes first. Sight for Kids will receive a minimum of $15,000.
I know Lions around the world join me in expressing sincere condolences to the family of past international president Sten Akestam, who passed away December 18th. I was deeply saddened when I received the news. His loss will be felt for some time to come.
Sten had the unique ability to bring people together for the good of others, and devoted his life to serving the underserved. He believed there were no boundaries between countries and that Lions should extend their hand of service to all in need.
He has been as a mentor to all Lions Clubs International presidents who succeeded him, offering words of encouragement and advice. Through his experience and leadership, he also helped shape the future of our association.
In his countless years of Lionism, he no doubt saw many changes. In fact, Sten believed in change because he knew we could serve more people if we developed new and better ways. But one thing he believed should never change – the Lions’ commitment to service. He inspired devotion of service in every Lion he met. Because of his inspiration and leadership, that legacy of service will continue with new generations of Lions.
PIP Akestam made a positive impact on literally hundreds of thousands of people the world over during his lifetime. He was highly respected and universally beloved for his devotion to humanitarian causes. He truly lived by the Lions motto “We Serve” and always put others before himself.
Please remember his wife Martha and the entire Akestam family in your thoughts and prayers.
Barry J. Palmer
Over the weekend, I visited Lions in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where 1,500 Lions from six districts participated in a Mega Multi-Service Project. What a wonderful event! I got a chance to see all of the service projects in which Sri Lanka Lions are involved, and Anne and I had the honor of distributing many goods to local residents.
We gave out microfinance checks for local women to start their own businesses, distributed dried food supplies to people who have had cataract surgeries, and handed out seedlings for locals to plant trees in their communities. There were also books and school supplies for students, free eyeglasses, diabetic testing units and even new homes for families in need.
All in all, a successful afternoon of service and giving!
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