The Muenseling Institute (MI), formerly known as the Institute for the Visually Impaired (NIVI), was established in 1973 to provide education services to visually or physically impaired children through the 12th grade. All students board at the institute in the village of Khaling.
The Lions of District 112-A in Belgium see the benefits of technology for MI students. Partnering with the Lions Club of Druk Thimphu in Bhutan, Belgian Lions raised US$25,000 to purchase and update equipment for the school. With the help of a US$25,000 International Assistance Grant (IAG) from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), the Lions have big plans for these students.
The funds are being used to purchase 22 new computers and to install an information communications network in several campus buildings. Lions will also repair two old braille embossers and purchase a new one, as well as other low vision aids and tools for both students and teachers.
For more information on International Assistance grants, visit http://lcif.org/EN/lions-center/grants/international-assistance.php.
Today’s guest post was written about the Lions of Districts 322-B1, B2 and C1. Five days after the recent school shooting in Peshawar, Pakistan, the Lions organized a silent walk to promote peace. Their goal was to cultivate a spirit of understanding in people all across the globe. You can watch the video of their Walk for Peace on YouTube.
3500 citizens of the city gathered in Deshpriya Park to march together to send a clear signal of their resolve to demand peace and stay united for this cause that transcends all political borders. It demonstrated our solidarity with the devastated families of the recent shoot out and our determination to fight the menace that threatens the very fabric of human civilization.
It started when a couple of Lions were discussing the horrendous incident in Peshawar and wondered what they could do to protest. They spoke of their desire to organize a silent rally to demonstrate that one needs to combat terrorism by showing solidarity. Citizens of all countries wish to have a peaceful world for their children and themselves.
As Lions visited schools requesting them to participate, they were overwhelmed by the positive response received. Members of trade organizations and other NGOs expressed their desire to join us. A full page advertisement was put in the city’s largest circulated English daily to help spread the message as well as spreading the word through various social media sites. We extended an open invitation to the citizens of Kolkata to join for a cause that is so crucial to us and our future generations.
At 8:15am the Walk for Peace hit the roads of Kolkata. Heads of different religions led the march. Lions, Leos, children and members of other organizations walked together along with prominent citizens of Kolkata, sportspersons, film and TV stars, journalists and media persons.
A group of International students attracted media attention, as did a group of physically challenged young boys and girls. The one kilometer line of marchers ended at the Lions Safari Park where the children were given a food box and water. The program ended with a prayer in both Bengali and Hindi, and young Yashaswi Dasani recited a heart touching poem. Tears rolled down cheeks, the citizens of Kolkata parted with a promise to work together to combat the evil force of terrorism.
Your club is doing wonderful things for your community, and LCIF can help you get the recognition it deserves!
Public relations is a great way for your Lions club to garner media coverage for the service that is being done in your own community and worldwide. LCIF offers numerous resources to assist in contacting all types of media outlets that could potentially cover a story about your club’s community service.
Good public relations—informing the community that your club built the park, conducted the vision screening or provided disaster relief—will help foster community support and increase awareness of your club and LCIF. Good public relations can even advance your club’s membership efforts. People want to belong to a successful and reliable organization. By actively promoting your club and its worthwhile activities, you’ll be projecting a positive image in the community and showing that your club is worth joining.
Read more about how LCIF can help you promote your club within your community.
The Palermo dei Vespri Lions Club of Italy set up an eyeglass donation box at their local shopping mall. By collecting eyeglass, the Lions can provide those in need with the gift of sight. Other activities to promote recycling include:
Is your club interested in participating in the Lions Recycle for Sight Program? Check out our website for resources and materials to help get you started.
Although they live in different parts of the world, Kristinn and Dagny Hannesson (Mosfellsbaejar Lions Club, District 109B, Iceland) and Ron and BJ Finlay (Huron Shores Lions Club, District A9, Ontario, Canada) came up with the same idea to support LCIF and Campaign SightFirst II (CSFII). They all decided to use special personal celebrations to honor LCIF.
“Being a CSFII coordinator (2005 – 2008), I realized how great LCIF is. That’s also when I decided that I would not have a party for my 50th birthday. Instead, the estimated cost of that party would go to LCIF marked for CSFII, so in late August 2007, I donated US$17,000 in my club’s name,” explained Kristinn Hannesson. Hannesson inspired his wife Dagny Hannesson to have a CSFII “moneybox” at her 50th birthday party. She was able to donate US$3,470 in her club’s name following her party in 2008.
Around the same time but over 2,000 miles away, Ron and BJ Finlay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends. Their commitment to LCIF took center stage, as BJ Finlay explains: “to make it even more special, we asked for donations to CSFII instead of any gifts. We were amazed at the amount donated, and with the help of then-International Director Beverley Stebbins, we proudly presented three Melvin Jones Fellowship recognitions to deserving Lions.”
Lions excel at finding creative and special ways to raise funds for LCIF. When people like the Hannessons and the Finlays forgo gifts, and even a party altogether, at special milestones in their lives so that they can show their support for LCIF, it shows just how generous and dedicated Lions everywhere are. And Lions can feel good knowing that they are giving many gifts to people in need around the world with their donations. “LCIF has always appealed to us because we are able to do so much for so many and every cent we send to LCIF goes to doing just that,” BJ Finlay said.
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