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Lions in Taiwan Provide Vision Screenings

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October’s Sharing the Vision Month is coming to an end. Lions everywhere participated by recycling eyeglasses for sight, celebrating World Sight Day earlier this month and holding vision screenings for children and adults.

Today’s featured photo is from Taiwan’s Central Plains Lions vision care network, who partnered with Chung Shan Medical University to provide vision screenings to local residents. The Lions also provided free optician services to low-income children. The proper eye health care helps community members detect potential problems and maintain healthy vision.

Although the Sharing the Vision Global Service Action Campaign is almost over, Lions everywhere continue to fight blindness every day. How does your club serve your community’s eye health and vision needs?

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Palmer’s Blog: Meeting Lions Everywhere

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One of my favorite things about being a Lion is the opportunity to meet amazing people from around the world, whether I am getting together with Lions or I am meeting the people that Lions are helping every day. Each person has his or her own story and dream, and I am blessed to be able to hear that story and to help him or her follow that dream.

Above is a photo of me and a Lion I met in Australia earlier this month. Lion Col has been selling his joke books in the Main Street for over 20 years. All the proceeds for his sales go to the local Lions. I was so pleased to meet this Lion, who follows his dream and serves his community every day. Even just the simple sale of a joke book on the sidewalk can make a difference, especially when you’ve been doing it for as long as Lion Col!

Have you recently met a fellow Lion or a member of your community whose story and dream really stuck with you? Tell me all about it in the comments section!


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LQ: Restoring the Wetlands

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The October Lions Quarterly (LQ) issue is now available for viewing on the Lions News Network (LNN) or the Lions YouTube channel. The LQ segment above features Lions in Australia who have been actively involved in restoring the Hunter Wetlands in New South Wales for more than 20 years. In addition to building pathways and bridges, the Lions have also built special trails for blind and visually impaired visitors. Each year, Lions International exchange students take up an environment project at the wetlands, such as building breeding hatches for endangered birds.

Watch the video to learn more!

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Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later

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Just one year ago, the Caribbean and East Coast of the United States were hit by Superstorm Sandy, a powerful, deadly and destructive hurricane.

As soon as possible, Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) provided disaster relief. LCIF immediately awarded a $100,000 Major Catastrophe Grant with money from the disaster relief fund, allowing Lions in affected areas to immediately begin providing assistance.

In addition to the Major Catastrophe Grant, LCIF has mobilized $640,000 in Emergency Grants and designated donations to areas impacted by the storm, thanks to generous donors. With these funds, Lions were able to provide meals, water, blankets, medicine, hygiene kits and more to people who lost their homes.

As long-term relief efforts continue in some of the areas hardest hit, Lions continue to make a difference:

  • The Flatlands Lions Club/District 20-K1 in New York, USA, received a $40,000 LCIF grant and have partnered with the Gerritsen Beach Cares Long Term Recovery program to help the elderly, infirm and residents/families with the greatest economic hardship to rebuild their homes.

    “Thanks to LCI for helping to support this invaluable effort and for making a difference in the lives of many Gerritsen Beach families…We will continue to help until the job is done.” – Flatlands Lions Club/District 20-K1

  • The Long Beach Lions Club (New York) is helping the Long Beach Food & Friendship Inn resume normal operations. Known as “the Soup Kitchen,” it has been serving meals on a daily basis to people in need since 1983. The Soup Kitchen sustained major damage after the storm. With a grant of $47,314, Lions are replacing commercial equipment, repairing the dining room floor and purchasing additional food.
  • The Lions of New Jersey (USA) are making home repairs for low income individuals who had no insurance and have not received any Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds. Focusing on the Jersey Shore community, Lions and non-Lions volunteers will be making basic repairs to make homes habitable again through a $100,000 grant.
  • The Brooklyn Transition Lions Club, Multiple District 20 (New York), is using an $88,000 grant to provide New Church International with a transport van, equipment for the pantry, commercial appliances, shelving and flooring. This source of community assistance served 4,000 people per day (1,000 families of four) before Superstorm Sandy hit. Post-disaster, service decreased to approximately 2,400 people per day. The Lions are helping New Church International return to full capacity.
  • The Brigantine Lions Club, District 16-C (New Jersey) is using a $90,000 grant to assist the Brigantine Island community with housing repairs. These repairs are helping people with no insurance who did not receive FEMA aid. All of the labor is volunteer labor – Lions and non-Lions.

The November digital LION Magazine features videos of the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy and the wonderful service provided by Lions. You can also see videos of how other Lions across the globe are responding to disaster every day, from Lions in Australia to to California. Just click the video icons in the digital magazine to view.

Thank you, Lions and LCIF, for being there when your community needs you most!

Photo credit: Dan Morris

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Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Towcester and District Lions Club support Dyslexia Awareness Week.
  • ALABAMA, USA: Montgomery Lions Club hosts cooking contest to raise funds for service projects.
  • AUSTRALIA: Lions Club of Austinmer/Thirroul step up to help brave young girl with rare disease.
  • MONTANA, USA: The Missoula Downtown Lions Club raise money for new vision testing equipment to help thousands of kids.
  • AUSTRALIA: Port Lincoln Lions Club partners with Filipino Health Professionals and Friends International Association for Walk to Cure Diabetes event.
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