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.”
From LCIF: Our Impact Story Archives
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?
Lions of the San Francisco Bay Area Veterans Lions Club (USA) share more than just a commitment to serving their community; many of their members have also served their country. Their common bond and shared passion for service led them to charter this special club to serve the needs of veterans and their family members.
The club performs many valuable services in the community, but it places a special focus on serving veterans. Members volunteer at the local V.A. hospital, help veterans in homeless shelters find jobs, and provide transportation to veterans when needed.
Lions of the Bay Area Veterans Club recommend promoting membership to all veterans because of the benefits of being a Lion, which:
Charter a special interest club in your area or invite a veteran to join your club today!
The Ormoc Supreme Lions Club together with the Ormoc Ultimate Lions Club and the Ormoc Supreme Leo Club started the Preservation and Re-tree Planting Program of the protected forest badly hit by super-typhoon Haiyan at Lake Danao National Park, Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines on October 18, 2014.
The forest of Lake Danao is home to rare and severely endangered animals and plants. The hornbill nests in tree hollows and depends on old trees in the forests to survive. After the super-typhoon many trees were cut-down and endangered plants and animals died because of the strong winds cause by typhoon. Without the protection of the trees, the landscape will be completely vulnerable to future natural catastrophes. That has put the local biodiversity as well as the livelihoods of residents at risk. That’s why rebuilding and forest protection are at the heart of efforts to revive the area.We decided to protect, rebuild, reforest and adopt the area. As a start of this program, we planted 500 Shorea (Lawa-an) trees on hill slopes to stabilize the soil, reduce erosion and the impact of storms. We adopted the area as our Tree Planting Area for the whole Lion Year and may extend for Lion Years to come. Through this activity, our goal is to rebuild the forest, preserve the protected national park and protect the forest’s rich biodiversity so that the endangered trees and animal species will begin to flourish again. This program is part of our participation of the Centennial Service Challenge—Protecting Our Environment—and part of our World Service Day for a whole Lion Year program.
Environmental projects, such as this, count towards our goal of serving 100 million people by 2017. In order to keep track of how many people we are serving, we ask that you record your activities on MyLCI. We encourage Lions to post your project pictures on your club’s Facebook page and other social media sites. Use the hashtag #LIONS100 so other clubs can see the impact you’re making in your community.
Keep up the good work, Lions. #We Serve!
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