Lions Districts in the Philippines
Nov
14

#LionsRelief: Where Donations Are Going

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The LCIF disaster relief fund allows Lions to instantly respond whenever disaster strikes. One hundred percent of funds designated for Typhoon Haiyan Relief will go to the relief efforts in the Philippines. These funds are distributed to local Lions in the Philippines. There are nine districts, 380 clubs and more than 12,000 Lions ready to serve their fellow countrymen and rebuild their communities. The map pictured above and below shows the locations of the nine districts in the Philippines.

You can make an online donation to the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines by going to the LCIF Disaster Relief Donation page and, in the Special Instructions Box, noting you’d like your donation to go to Typhoon Haiyan funds.

If you are filling out the LCIF Donation Recognition Programs form (PDF), be sure to note where you would like your funds to go under Special Instructions.

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World Diabetes Day
Nov
14

Today is World Diabetes Day

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Today marks World Diabetes Day, led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and celebrated by millions of people worldwide — including Lions everywhere — to raise awareness about diabetes.

Lions’ commitment to the control, treatment, prevention and education of diabetes is shown through our year-round projects and events, including Strides events, diabetes screenings, vision screenings, diabetes camps and more.

How is your Lions club participating in World Diabetes Day? There are several ways you can share your stories:

  • Post photos of your events throughout the day on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags #LionsClub and #WDD.
  • Share photos through the Submit a Photo page.
  • Add photos to the official World Diabetes Day Flickr pool to show the world how Lions are joining the fight against diabetes!

To learn more about organizing diabetes projects, check out the “Get Ready for World Diabetes Day” webinar or visit the Diabetes Awareness and Action page.

 

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Typhoon Haiyan - Lions Clubs disaster relief
Nov
13

Palmer’s Blog: Lions Respond to Typhoon Haiyan

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Hello, Lions and friends. I’m currently in the Philippines, where just last week, Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc in central areas of the country. During times like these, when disaster strikes, we Lions are at our strongest. We may not be the first responders in areas hit by disasters; when the TV cameras are gone, that’s when Lions come in and we do the for work years afterwards.

Here are some of the ways that Lions have been responding in just the past few days:

  • Lions clubs within Southeast Asia pledged US$500,000 at the 52nd Orient and South East Asia Lions (OSEAL) Forum in Singapore over the weekend, to be donated to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in Visayas and Mindanao.
  • Lions in Taiwan and Japan have pledged US$150,000 and US$120,000, respectively.
  • Working with Lions from the UK, LCIF is sending 56 units of LifeSaver water filtration systems to areas of the Philippines affected by the recent typhoon. Each unit can filter up to 20,000 liters of water, making potentially contaminated water safe to drink.

LCIF fundraising is so effective because we have a disaster fund, which allows us to instantly respond to catastrophic events around the world. One hundred percent of funds designated for Typhoon Haiyan Relief will go the relief efforts in the Philippines.

Funds will initially be used to meet immediate needs such as food, water and basic supplies. Once basic needs are met and the impacted areas have been stabilized, funding will be shifted to appropriate long-term and infrastructure needs as they are identified.

Your donations can help make a difference, so that those affected by the typhoon can stay strong and rebuild their lives.

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Nov
12

Video: Malawi Eye Clinic

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As Knights of the Blind, Lions are perhaps best known for the sight services they provide to their communities — both locally and globally. The Recycle for Sight program, for example, involves Lions collecting recycled eyeglasses in their communities, sorting and cleaning the eyeglasses, and distributing them through missions worldwide.

The video above features a group of high school students from Verde Valley School in Sedona, Arizona, USA, that worked with the local Lions club to provide eye care and eyeglasses to people in Malawi. The students spent a year cleaning eyeglasses, reading their prescriptions and packaging them. They traveled to Malawi where they worked with partners, including the Sedona Oak Creek Lions Club, to provide free vision screenings and eye care to children and adults in need. The first day, they dispensed 750 pairs of eyeglasses.

Watch the video to see what these students learned from their experiences, and how their efforts helped change lives.

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Lions Clubs International
Nov
11

Lions Harvest Grapes with the Blind

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Today we’re sharing a photo submitted by the 1st Miskolc Lions Club in Hungary. These Lions organized a grape harvest activity for 25 blind people. The local winery made wine with the harvested grapes. Disabled children in the area will design the label of the wine bottles, and the wines will be sold at different wine auctions to help serve the blind community in that region.

Does your club have a fun, unique project that you’d like to share? Tell your story through the Submit a Photo page!

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