Ever since Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) established the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative, I often reflect on how thankful I am that my children and grandchildren can receive immunizations for life-threatening diseases like measles. But not all kids are so lucky. Did you know that more than 300 people die every day from measles, mostly children, and even more are impacted by resulting health complications such as blindness? Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be prevented by a simple vaccination that costs less than a dollar. Thanks to you, more children are getting vaccinations and more lives are being saved.
Today marks the first day of this year’s World Immunization Week. This annual event presents an opportunity to raise awareness of measles and the importance of vaccinations. Lions around the world are hosting events throughout this special week to show their commitment to the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative.
As you read the LCIF blog this week, you will find inspiring stories from Lions about their work during World Immunization Week. Keep in mind that no matter where you are in the world, you can make a difference by supporting LCIF. Lions are providing education in more than 200 countries, actively supporting vaccination campaigns in countries impacted by measles, and fundraising to make sure that more children have access to immunizations and a better life.
We are almost at the end of our 30-day challenge to raise US$1 million for measles and it is exciting to see our progress towards this goal. Have you made your contribution yet? Remember, your donation will be matched on a 1:1 basis throughout April by the family of Abhey and Aruna Oswal, for a total of up to US$500,000. I am confident that we can reach this goal together to help protect our children against measles. Thank you for your support!
Wayne A. Madden
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation