November Message from the LCIF Chairperson: LCIF and Lions Make a Difference
Addressing Diabetes through Core 4 Grants
Lions are committed to improving health. With 347 million people in the world who are diabetic, Lions’ work to prevent and reduce the impact of diabetes as a public health concern is more important than ever.
Diabetes is a chronic health disease. If undetected or untreated, diabetes can cause kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, and nerve damage, including diabetic retinopathy, which is damage to the eyes that can lead to blindness. It can even cause death.
Through the LCIF Core 4 Diabetes program, multi-year grants are awarded to large-scale Lions' efforts to support diabetes education, prevention and treatment programs. LCIF has supported Lions’ diabetes initiatives in Turkey, France, Benin, Korea, the United States and many other countries.
Learn more about diabetes online from the World Health Organization.
The 100 millionth Carter Center-assisted dose of Zithromax © (trachoma medication) to be given in the Amhara region of Ethiopia was administered during the 11th Annual MalTra week this month. Focused on malaria and trachoma, this event highlights the long-term control and elimination efforts of The Carter Center, LCIF’s SightFirst program, local Lions, the International Trachoma Initiative, and the Ethiopian government. Efforts to eliminate malaria and trachoma in Ethiopia are making progress through this collaborative effort, and through the donation of medication by Pfizer.
Help LCIF Save Children’s Sight – It’s Easy and Free!
We’re excited to announce that you’ll be able to help LCIF protect a child’s sight throughout the entire holiday giving season, up to January 31st, just by uploading a photo! The Sight for Kids cause in Johnson & Johnson’s Donate A Photo app has been extended by 60 days, which means you can put all of those holiday photos of the family to good use. See our cause page on the Donate A Photo website to learn more and help us reach our goal of giving 30,000 children vision screenings!
For every photo donated via the app to Sight for Kids, J&J will donate $1 towards Sight for Kids screenings.* Thank you for your support and for protecting children's sight!
Users can donate up to one photo a day, every day, to the Sight for Kids cause through January 31, 2014. Be sure to tag photos with the hashtags #lionsclubs and #eyepledge on Facebook and Twitter. We will share select photos through the Lions Clubs International official Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Donate a Photo app is available in the United States only. No matter where you live, be sure to get the word out about Lions Sight for Kids program and the importance of eye exams for our children. Photos shared are not used for any commercial purposes.
*Disclosure: You can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. For every photo donated to Sight for Kids, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. will donate $1 to that cause. You can donate photos to Sight for Kids until January 31, 2014 or until it reaches its goal of $30,000, whichever comes first. Sight for Kids will receive a minimum of $15,000.