Giving Tuesday

by LCIF

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season.

When you decide where you will give on Giving Tuesday, we hope you think of your foundation, LCIF. Read some of our impact stories to learn how your donation will help Lions serve millions of people around the world.

Did you know…

  • A $20 donation provides more than 20 children a life-saving immunization against measles?
  • A $50 donation provides adaptive devices for people with low vision?
  • A $100 donation provides life skills to 10 children through the Lions Quest program?
  • A $1,000 donation provides food, water and basic necessities for dozens of families following a disaster?

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, give because you care. Give to make a change. And give to make a difference. #GivingTuesday

Make a difference, donate to LCIF

Thank you for your support!

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Guest Post by Special Olympics: Service and Excitement for “Mission: Inclusion” in Brazil

by LCIF

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a guest post by David Evangelista, Vice President of Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics International. 

“Thank you Lions Clubs of Brazil. Thank you for believing in us as athletes. Thank you for giving us opportunities to shine. You may be surprised, but you will not be disappointed!”

These words, offered by Special Olympics Brazil athlete Leticia Elias, provided a great introduction to the 2014 Special Olympics Brazil–Lions Clubs of Brazil stakeholders meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The stakeholders meeting served as the inauguration of a national partnership between Special Olympics and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) in Brazil, highlighting the commitment of both organizations to implement the core tenants of “Mission: Inclusion” throughout the country in support of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

As part of the national partnership, signed between Special Olympics Brazil President George Milliard and Lions Clubs International Director Fabio Almeida, both organizations have committed to delivering innovative programming in the areas of inclusive sports, global health, family health education, athlete leadership, service projects and much more as part of a larger push to elevate the impact and awareness of service in support of one of the most excluded populations in the world today.

Partnership Signing

Photo credit Special Olympics Inc.

Leo youth leaders will play a strong role in the national partnership, spearheading Unified Sports® opportunities for youth with and without intellectual disabilities in a variety of sports, including football, the nation’s most popular sport.  Through inclusive sports participation, Leos will not only empower athletes to achieve their best on the field, but will also offer athletes an opportunity to engage in community service projects, build friendships, and learn from one another.

“We are honored to be partnering with the largest service club organization in the world,” said George Milliard, President of Special Olympics Brazil. “Our athletes, our families, and our communities could not be more grateful for this commitment to service, to action, to change.”

Outreach to families will serve as a key pillar of the partnership, where Lions Clubs community leaders will serve as co-organizers and guest speakers at select Special Olympics–LCIF Family Health Forums. Through such community gatherings, families of children with intellectual disabilities will learn what social services are available to help care for their family members, what community participation opportunities exist, and learn of the benefits of being part of the “Mission:  Inclusion” partnership. The Family Health Forum model is meant to serve as a key extension of the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program, and related health screening programs supported by Lions, which serves as the largest public health program in the world supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Bem Me Ker

Photo credit Special Olympics Inc.

“Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in the partnership between Special Olympics and Lions Clubs in Brazil,” said LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer. “These athletes deserve, and should have access to, quality care that is appropriate to their individual needs. We must work hard to ensure that we sustain what we create, on behalf of those we serve. LCIF looks forward to sharing in the success of this collaboration and celebrating its progress.”

Lions Clubs International Foundation has been partnering with Special Olympics International since 2001 through the Opening Eyes program to provide free vision screenings at select Special Olympics sporting events worldwide. Athletes also receive diagnoses for vision-related problems, corrective and protective eye wear, and are taught how to take better care of their eyes. The partnership expanded in 2013 to reach even more people.

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Message from the Chairperson: LCIF is Improving Health Worldwide

by LCIF
Photo credit Dan Morris 2013

Photo credit Dan Morris 2013

Being a Lion means caring about our communities and about the well-being of others. Lions want to help people have better lives, and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) supports that compassionate work. Through vision screenings, service projects and community involvement, Lions and LCIF are making positive contributions every day.

LCIF works to fight diseases worldwide. In West Africa, we are providing support to those affected by Ebola, focusing primarily on food programs for vulnerable communities. An even more contagious and deadly disease is measles. Measles kills 330 children each day, and may create lasting health issues for those who survive. There is a global need for vaccination efforts to fight this disease. Lions and LCIF continue to work tirelessly with our partners to bring vaccination campaigns to the areas of the world where they are most needed. In October, Lions in Tanzania were key social mobilization partners in a GAVI-supported MR campaign that vaccinated some 21 million children between 9 months to 14 years against measles and rubella. Your donation supports Lions as they make sure that children have access to life-saving vaccines.

Thank you for your support and your dedication to improving health worldwide!

Sincerely,

Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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Working Hard to Stop Measles with Lions and LCIF

by LCIF

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Together, we can stop measles and make a difference. Learn more online at www.lcif.org/measles or make a donation for measles at www.lcif.org/donate.

Thank you for your support!

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Lions Combat Diabetes through LCIF

by LCIF

Fighting diabetes in Florida with LCIF and LionsToday is World Diabetes Day, a day created by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization to promote diabetes awareness and advocacy around the world. This year’s theme is “healthy living and diabetes.”

Diabetes is a chronic disease, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 357 million people worldwide have diabetes. Over time, diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves, and the overall risk of dying among people with diabetes is at least double the risk of their peers without diabetes, according to the WHO. Education, prevention and treatment programs are important tools to help people with this disease.

Core_4_diabetes_coverLions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has several grant programs that enable Lions to prevent and reduce the impact of diabetes around the world. The main way that LCIF helps Lions fight diabetes is through the Core 4 Diabetes grant program. To date, LCIF has awarded 27 Core 4 Diabetes grants totaling more than US$2.1 million. These programs support Lions’ efforts to expand and enhance diabetes education, prevention and treatment programs.

LCIF is committed to helping Lions address this global health issue in their communities. During the recent October 2014 meeting, LCIF’s International Board of Directors approved a Core 4 grant for Sri Lanka, District 306-B1 to expand a diabetes screening program. They also approved a Standard grant for MD 300 Taiwan, District 300-G2 to support local diabetes wellness programs and services. A SightFirst Research grant was also recently awarded to Semmelweis University in Hungary for a Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) with a diabetic retinopathy module, the results of which will inform future development of diabetes eye care services.

Remember to report your club’s World Diabetes Day service activities to MyLCI to help measure the global impact Lions are having in their communities!

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