October 11 is International Day of the Girl, declared by the United Nations. This year’s theme is “Innovating for Girls’ Education.” A strong education is critical to the future of young girls across the globe, as it can help lift them out of poverty and give them the skills, resources and motivation needed to follow their dreams.
Celebrate through the Reading Action Program
We encourage Lions everywhere to participate in International Day of the Girl by organizing Reading Action Program projects that focus on girls’ education. Examples of projects and activities include:
“Girl Rising” is a groundbreaking film that tells the extraordinary stories of nine young girls around the world, and focuses on the power of education to change the world. You can arrange a screening in your community to help raise awareness of the importance of girls’ education. Find out how to host a screening through the Girl Rising Screening Kit.
How does your Lions club help young girls in your community receive the education they deserve?
In Peru, I had a very emotional visit to a clinic that treats children who have facial disfiguration. The clinic is run by Lions family of plastic surgeons, and is supported by Lions in Peru. There have been over 9,000 operations performed at the clinic on children from the remote northern region of Peru, all free of cost.
Besides meeting the young babies who would be operated on that day, I also met with children and young adults whose lives the Lions clinic has changed. Hugo, age 19, was operated on when he was 1 month old. Now, he is the musical director of a youth symphony orchestra. One little girl, operated on when she was just a baby, has one of the highest IQ readings the clinic’s doctor has ever seen.
These young people are now leading healthy lives in which they can follow their dreams, and I thank the Lions of Peru for helping them make those dreams possible.
More than a billion people are on Facebook, and the average American spends 2.5 hours on mobile devices every day. People are connecting in new ways, which means there are new opportunities for your club to connect with service-minded citizens. Social media is a great, no-cost tool that can energize the way you promote your club and find new members. Here are some tips:
The Getting Started on Facebook and Twitter guide can help your club get up and running. Consider finding a Lion in your club who is active on social media for more help. Then get social, and get members in October!
Helping protect a child’s sight is as easy as snapping a photo. Starting today, October 1, for every photo you donate through Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo app*, they will donate $1 to the Lions Clubs International Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Sight for Kids program (up to $30,000).
Each and every photo you “donate” will help Lions and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care provide a vision screening and eye exam. The Sight for Kids program’s mission is to remove barriers to eye care for children in underserved areas across Asia – including providing eye glasses and treatment.
All you have to do is download the free mobile app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device and start taking pictures!
How to Get Started
1. You can download the FREE Donate a Photo app for your Apple or Android device.
2. Follow the in-app steps to set up your account and profile. Switch on your Facebook and Twitter accounts within the app to automatically share with all your friends and followers!
3. Choose your cause: To help protect a child’s sight with Sight for Kids.
4. Then, take a picture, or choose a photo to share from your device’s library or album.
5. If you share your photo, you help a child, and inspire others to help our Sight for Kids program!
Since 2002, LCIF and JJVC have worked together to correct the vision of millions of children throughout Asia with the Sight for Kids program. During World Sight Day and the October Sharing the Vision service campaign, Lions and Johnson & Johnson are ensuring their social snapshots are serving, too!
Consider Donating a Photo for Sight for Kids to help Lions protect a child’s sight today!
*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 February 28, 2014 or until it reaches its goal of $30,000, whichever comes first. Sight for Kids will receive a minimum of $15,000.
Tomorrow begins the Sharing the Vision global service action campaign. During October, we encourage Lions everywhere to fight blindness through service activities that provide eye care to those in need, increase awareness about the importance of eye care and vision screenings, help people who are blind or have visual impairments, and more.
Examples of Sharing the Vision projects include:
How is your club participating in October’s global service action campaign? Tell us about your Sharing the Vision activity in the comments below, and be sure to share pictures of your event or project on Facebook!
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