So much has happened in the past month. I want to thank you for the immediacy of your response to the devastating typhoon in the Philippines. With LCIF’s disaster relief fund, the Foundation was able to provide US$130,000 to the Lions of the Philippines instantly. And within less than one day, the Lions of OSEAL donated US$370,000 towards relief efforts while gathered at a forum in Singapore.
It took one day for our organization to mobilize US$500,000 for disaster relief in the Philippines. That is amazing. And, we continue to receive donations to LCIF for disaster relief. Thank you for your support. Every donation, no matter the size, provides help.
Our hearts go out to everyone in the Philippines. Being able to provide a meal, clean water and necessary medicine to those in need can make a huge difference. LCIF is able to help local Lions meet these immediate needs thanks to your donations. As the damage is assessed, Lions and LCIF will also assist with the long-term rebuilding of communities.
Lions are truly everywhere, and do everything when it comes to service. In the past month, I had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia with members of the GAVI Alliance to be a part of a lifesaving vaccination campaign. It was an inspirational event to be a part of. With our partners, we are making a real difference in areas that need vaccinations most. That is why we have committed to raising US$30 million for measles by 2017. Those funds will help save millions of lives.
Everything our Foundation does, it does for people in need. From measles vaccinations to disaster relief and everything in between, you are the reason why our Foundation is one of the most trusted foundations worldwide.
Lion Wayne A. Madden
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation