Here’s a video from our Lions Quarterly (LQ) Archives that shows how Lions in South Africa fed hungry children, while also teaching them about the environment, through their Bag-A-Burger project. The Lions gathered local children for an environmental project, during which the kids received gloves and bags to help clean garbage and litter from the area. After the clean-up, Lions served burgers to the children. What a great way to fight hunger and promote environmental awareness at the same time!
How is your club participating in this month’s Relieving the Hunger Global Service Action Campaign?
I know Lions around the world join me in expressing their sincere condolences to the people of South Africa as they mourn the death of their former president Nelson Mandela.
As a freedom fighter, statesman, and ambassador of peace, President Mandela set an example for millions of people to emulate. His passion for others and his demonstrated ability to bring people together endeared him to people from every culture. His position of non-violence even in the midst of turbulent times set him apart and elevated his prominence as a world leader. There can be no better example of his universal respect than his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
He served the people not only of South Africa, but of every nation. Even after he left the office of President, he remained at the forefront of civil rights. He belonged to the world, and the world will miss him.
It is the fervent hope of Lions Clubs International and our members in 208 countries that Nelson Mandela’s platform of peace will continue to influence world leaders and usher in a millennium of peace and understanding.
Barry J. Palmer
Happy Leo Day! Today marks an opportunity to recognize and celebrate Leos’ involvement in community service.Engaging youth through Leo clubs is a big part of making a long-term impact through Lions clubs — after all, Leos are our future! And the leadership skills, humanitarian service and friendships that young people gain through Leo clubs are critical to helping them follow their dreams.
What special event do you have planned for today? Are you holding an induction ceremony for new Leos, or a joint service project with your local Leo club? Be sure to share your photos on Facebook and Instagram, and connect with other Leos worldwide on the Leo Club Facebook Page!
Visit the Leo Zone for information on sponsoring a Leo club, Leo events and resources, and more.
As part of the 2013 Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Games in Newcastle, Australia, Special Olympics Asia Pacific held a regional Health Symposium, which brought together health and development experts from Australia and the region. The goal of the Symposium was to highlight the significant health disparities experienced by children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and to emphasize the urgent need for increased action and support to ensure the quality health and well-being of this most marginalized population.
I had the honor of speaking at this event — discussing the history of the LCIF/Special Olympics partnership, during which Lions have provided vision screenings for more than 350,000 athletes in over 70 nations. With the help from global partners, Lions have also provided prescription eyeglasses to more than 110,000 athletes.
In July, LCIF pledged $7.8 million to Special Olympics to strengthen our partnership, creating more leadership opportunities for athletes, increasing health opportunities and reaching more young people through inclusive sports and advocacy programs.
I had so much fun at the games! Above is a photo of part of the opening ceremonies. I’m looking forward to a long-lasting partnership that helps serve these talented athletes.
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