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Sep
4

Lions in Nigeria Aid Cancer Patients

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One morning, as administrator Stella Agbogun made her rounds in the Radiotherapy Department at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Nigeria, she happened upon a young man comforting his weeping mother in the hallway.

They had traveled to Lagos from Cross River, a Nigerian state more than 400 miles away, so the woman could receive cancer treatment at LUTH. But without any money or relatives in Lagos, the pair had nowhere to stay. They were desperate and completely alone.

Agbogun, a Lion, knew something had to be done to help the family and those like them—who travel from far and wide for access to LUTH’s Radiotherapy Department but lack the resources to secure housing for themselves during treatment.

“They had nowhere to sleep,” says Agbogun. “They had no relations in Lagos, and they did not have enough money for their accommodation. I was moved by pity. After that incident, I made the decision to be a positive change, to create a better living environment for cancer patients.”

Agbogun, District 404 B governor then, saw an opportunity to serve her community and improve the lives of vulnerable individuals. She collaborated with LUTH and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to develop plans for Mercy Home, a housing facility for cancer patients at the hospital.

Agbogun worked both with the LUTH management team to finalize details and secure the space for Mercy Home and with Lion leaders to complete the project. With plans for 20 beds, Mercy Home would offer temporary accommodation for radiotherapy patients and their relatives who cannot afford accommodations in Lagos.

With the help of a US$75,000 Standard grant from LCIF, arrangements for the construction of Mercy Home were put in place. On a rainy day in July, behind the Radiotherapy Department at LUTH, Lions and local dignitaries gathered to break ground on the special facility that was years in the making.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, Professor Akin Osibogun, the chief medical Director of LUTH, elatedly described how honored the hospital was to commission Mercy Home. The facility was a dream realized.

“LUTH’s management team sealed the entire deal by giving us this space, where Mercy Home stands,” Agbogun said at the ceremony. “They gave us easy access to the institution and were ready to render assistance and encouragement.”

Mercy Home now stands as a symbol of hope to people in some of the darkest times of their lives, as well as a reminder that wherever a need arises in the community, Lions will find a way to meet the challenge.

For information on Standard grants and how your Lions club can apply, visit lcif.org.

Mercy Home is a residence for low-income cancer patients in Lagos.

Mercy Home is a residence for low-income cancer patients in Lagos.

This article by Eric Margules first appeared in the July/August issue of LION Magazine.

 

 

Sep
3

LQ: Lions Support Community Garden

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“And that’s our goal: To make sure nobody starves or goes hungry in North Shore Kauai.”

Community members in need of food can often look to local food pantries for help; however, not many food pantries offer healthy choices such as fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and other produce. When a local church in North Shore Kauai started a community garden to provide greens for its food pantry, the local Lions stepped in to help the garden grow. Now, the garden produces hundreds of pounds of food each week to feed families in the community.

Watch the above Lions Quarterly video segment to learn more about the garden, and download the video to share at your next meeting or event. Consider starting or becoming involved in a community garden as a part of the Relieving the Hunger Centennial Service Challenge, and help Lions everywhere serve 100 million people by 2018.

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Sep
2

LCIF Awards Disaster Grants, August 2015

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When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions are able to rely on disaster relief grants and funds from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Emergency grants provide up to US$10,000 for districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis.

In August 2015, LCIF awarded 16 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$105,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

India, District 322-B2
$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 322-C1
$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 322-C3
$5,000 for flood relief

Nepal, District 325-B1Lions distribute relief materials
$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 323-B
$5,000 for flood relief

Bangladesh, District 315-A1
$5,000 for flood relief

Bangladesh, District 315-B2
$5,000 for flood relief

Canada, District 5-SKN
$10,000 for wildfire relief

Micronesia, District 204
$10,000 for typhoon relief

India, District 323-G1
$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 323-H1
$5,000 for flood relief

Argentina, District O-2
$5,000 for flood relief

Italy, District 108-YA
$10,000 for flood relief

Macedonia, District 132
$10,000 for flood relief

Bangladesh, District 315-A2
$5,000 for flood relief

Washington, USA, District 19-E
$10,000 for wildfire relief

September LION Magazine
Sep
2

In the September LION Magazine…

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Broken Hearts and Hoops

In the September LION, an Idaho club appropriately memorializes a Lions’ family, some Lions’ fundraisers are too good to ever end and a blind woman’s life seemed hopeless until she received a gift from Lions.

Also in this issue:

In the Digital LION, watch videos about President Yamada and his theme, read stories from the LION vault and view the Higher Key Award recipients.

Visit the LION Magazine web page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.

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Sep
1

Visit LCIF at the Upcoming ANZI-Pacific Forum!

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Have you ever wondered how Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) can help Lions change lives in your community? Experience the impact of LCIF at
this year’s ANZI-Pacific Forum, September 4-6, in Auckland, New Zealand. The theme for this year’s forum is “Don’t Stop Thinking about Tomorrow.”

Be sure to attend LCIF’s presentation on Saturday, September 5, at 10:30 a.m. Then visit the LCIF booth for information on grants and programs; LCIF will have representatives on hand who can answer questions regarding grant programs, the application process, and donations, as well as provide informational materials.

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.ANZILogo

You can read about LCIF’s activities at the USA/Canada Forum in the upcoming weeks. 

 

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