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.
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!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
I want to keep you updated regarding Lions relief efforts in storm-ravaged areas of the Philippines. We immediately sent US$30,000 to provide relief early Friday morning. This was prior to initial reports of the total devastation unfolding hour by hour.
By Friday afternoon, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) provided a Major Catastrophe Grant of US$100,000. But that’s not all. As the storm struck, it happened that the OSEAL Forum was underway in Singapore. The Lions from OSEAL within hours donated an additional US$370,000 designated funds for Philippines relief efforts, bringing the total funds to US$500,000.
As I said, reports are still coming in. Officials now estimate that 9.5 million are affected, half million are homeless, and the death toll is rapidly rising. Entire towns along the coast have been decimated.
There are more than 12,600 Lions in the Philippines in 380 clubs, with four clubs in Cebu, and one club in the disaster epicenter of Tacloban. Lions on the ground were already busy serving people affected by last month’s major earthquake in nearby Bohol.
We now need to help Lions give relief-aid to those affected in the weeks ahead by this tragedy. The magnitude of this storm is hard to imagine. Some weather officials are calling it the worst storm to make landfall in recorded history. To put it in perspective for some of you, the strength of Typhoon Haiyan was 3.5 times greater than Hurricane Katrina.
You can support your fellow Lions by making a donation to the Foundation’s disaster relief fund. These donations are Melvin Jones Fellowship eligible and help support Lions whenever a need arises due to natural disasters.
Now is the time. They need our help. I will keep you updated in the days ahead. As always, I want to thank you for your generosity.
Wayne A. Madden
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
Registration is now open for the 97th Lions International Convention in Toronto, Canada, on July 4-8, 2014. The early bird registration fee is US$110 through January 10, 2014. Register today to lock in your 5-day registration at the lowest fee, and secure your hotel reservation while rooms are still available at specially discounted Lions rates.
The beautiful city of Toronto offers amazing sights, shopping, food and other attractions for Lions to enjoy during their stay — from the famous 98-room castle Casa Loma, to the home of the Stanley Cup at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Enjoy a day trip to Niagara Falls, or book a specially discounted Lions package tour to nearby destinations such as Montreal, Boston, New York and more.
Still dreaming of the 2013 Convention in Hamburg? Experience the excitement again by ordering the Hamburg Highlights DVD, shown above. Fill out the DVD Order Form, and share the 15-minute video music montage with friends, family and Lions.
We’re expecting you in Toronto!
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