Earlier this week I was in Kolkata, India, where I had the privilege of meeting the participants of the 7th Annual “Beyond Belief” Expedition Challenge. This amazing program is well-supported by Lions, and proves that people who suffer from physical challenges and disabilities are still highly capable of making their dreams come true.
The program’s challenges have included climbing mountains, crossing rivers, rafting through rapids and facing wild elephants! It has been showcased as a case study in motivation and team building — providing participants with the strength and support to integrate into mainstream society. The biggest reward is that since the program began seven years ago, 45 participants of different abilities have found new meaning in their lives.
This year’s participants rowed boats nearly 300 kilometers down the Ganga, from Murshidabad to Kolkata, which is only a prelude to their sea voyage to Paradip. I flagged them in as they completed their four-day journey. These young men are truly an inspiration!
With April’s Family & Friends Month just two months away, it’s time to start planning projects that show your family and friends how Lions make an impact in your community every day. Consider planning a children’s project and bringing along your kids, grandchildren, siblings, parents, neighbors and other friends to join in the service.
Project ideas to serve children during Family & Friends Month include:
Download the LCI Family Friendly How-To Guide for more ideas and tips!
How will your club participate in Family & Friends Month?
In the February LION Magazine, start planning your visit to Toronto for the 2014 International Convention, learn about a project in Minnesota that honors veterans and find out how Leader Dogs are being trained by some surprising volunteers.
Also in this issue:
In the digital LION, find exclusive content such as a video of Leos giving out free hugs, articles from the LION Vault about past international conventions in Toronto and team building activity ideas.
Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.
Thanks to an LCIF disaster relief grant, the Lions of District 307 A1 in Indonesia were able to provide medical assistance to 910 families (approximately 1,400 people) who were victims of local flood. Additionally, the Lions comforted the children of these families, many suffering from skin problems due to the flood waters, by drawing, coloring, singing and dancing with them.
When disaster strikes, Lions respond immediately and continue to help rebuild lives in the long term — whether a typhoon hits halfway across the world or a flood devastates a local community. You can help by donating to the LCIF Disaster Relief Fund.
How does your club provide disaster relief to those in need?
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