Held at the UN Headquarters in New York City, the 37th annual Lions Day with the United Nations is celebrating 70 years of partnership. Since our collaboration in 1945, Lions and the UN have worked together on many humanitarian projects such as the SightFirst program.
This year’s theme is “Children In Need.” Lions are encouraged to join the UN in achieving the Millennium Development Goals by addressing important humanitarian needs such as eradicating poverty and hunger, providing access to education, combating diseases and ensuring environmental sustainability. LDUN gives the opportunity for Lions to learn how, together with the UN, we can continue to help those in need on a global level.
This year’s Lions Day with the UN takes place on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Space is limited, so mark your calendars and register today. We hope to see you there!
Led by the International Diabetes Federation, the World Diabetes Day campaign engages millions of people worldwide in raising awareness for diabetes. Held on November 14th every year, the theme for the 2014-16 campaign is healthy living and diabetes. This year’s activities will focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle to help avoid serious complications, such as diabetic retinopathy, and prevent most cases of type 2 diabetes.
During November and all throughout the year, Lions have been participating in diabetes advocacy activities such as organizing Strides events, and diabetes screenings, supporting diabetes camps and more. Diabetes Chairpersons help to promote and support LCI’s diabetes programs; and they may be appointed on the club, district and multiple district levels. Lions are committed to the control and treatment of diabetes and its complications through education and prevention. To learn more, visit our Diabetes Awareness and Action page.
How will your club celebrate World Diabetes Day?
Last week, Joni and I spent a few days in Spain to celebrate 50 years of service with the Lions Clubs of Spain. While we were there, we visited a Community Center in Tenerife with the Campus Lions Club. They offer multiple services for disadvantaged youth, such as reading, growing food and dancing. They even offer training for parents. We had such a great time meeting with some of the children.
I had the pleasure of inducting a new member, Fabiola Socas, who just got back from Leader Dog School with her new dog. She was excited to have her new dog and even more excited to become a Lion.
We were warmly welcomed by the Lions of Spain. Congratulations on your 50 years! #WeServe!
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“Before I had glasses, I had so much trouble seeing,” said Khun Pichudom, a Cambodian child who could have faced a lifetime of limitations due to correctable vision problems. “Now I can see everything. I use my glasses at school, to play football, to read and write, and especially when I watch TV and play games.”
Fortunately, the right glasses made all the difference for Pichudom’s vision, but other children require surgery or preventative medication. Vision problems in children that are not caught and corrected early can lead to blindness or vision impairment later in life. One child goes blind each minute and half a million will lose their sight by the end of this year alone. An estimated 1.4 million children around the world are blind, yet the vision of 75 percent of these children could have been saved if they only had access to eye care.
Pichudom was screened at the Preah Ang Duong Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, one of 34 need-based pediatric Lions eye care centers aimed at eliminating avoidable blindness in children. Pichudom is just one of the 121 million children worldwide who have benefited from a Lions eye care center, thanks to a SightFirst and World Health Organization joint initiative. SightFirst has given close to US$7 million in funding for the centers in countries around the world that provide preventive, therapeutic and rehabilitative eye care services for children. This funding will help us reach many more children; starting in 2011, 16 new Lions eye care centers will be supported.
“I would like to give my deepest appreciation to Lions for helping my grandson,” said Nget Hay, Pichudom’s grandfather. “I hope that Lions continue to support this center and future research to help all children of Cambodia.”
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In line with the Centennial Service Challenge, the Guwahati Metro Lions Club of India organized a program called “Mission Kidz Vision.” They have set up camps at a couple of different schools where they are testing the students for vision problems. Nearly 26% of the students tested were found with refraction errors. These students were then provided with free eye glasses. The goal of the Guwahati Metro Lions is, not only to detect vision problems early, but to be able to examine a total of 3,000 students by the end of this Lionistic year.This Sharing the Vision project helps benefit our own special goal of serving 10 million children with eye care. Lions everywhere are participating in the Centennial Service Challenge by organizing youth, vision, health and environmental projects to serve 100 million people by 2017. In order for us to keep track of how many people we are serving, we ask Lions to record their activities on MyLCI. Don’t forget to post pictures of your projects on Facebook and other social media sites. Use the hashtag #LIONS100 so that other clubs can see the impact you are making in your community.
What type of vision projects is your club doing?
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