I have an exciting announcement to share with you: in celebration of this year’s World Immunization Week from April 24-30, LCIF has launched a 30 day challenge to raise US$1 million for the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative!
Did you know that each year, more than one million children will not make it to their 5th birthday due to a vaccine-preventable disease? This includes measles and rubella, which can cause illness, disability, blindness and death. That is why we must act now – we can help these children through the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative and through events like World Immunization Week.
By accepting this challenge, you are helping us provide vaccinations to children in need and also helping to raise the awareness of just how important routine vaccinations are for global health. Together, I know we can meet this challenge.
And, not only are we issuing this challenge, but we are also receiving a generous matching contribution from the family of Abhey and Past District Governor Aruna Oswal to help us reach US$1 million for measles. When you make a donation for measles during the month of April 2014, it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the Oswal family, for a total of up to US$500,000! Every dollar that you donate is doubled until we meet our goal.
As a Lion, you can help save lives, spread knowledge and make the world a healthier place for children. You can make a difference.
Wayne A. Madden
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation