Message from the Chairperson: Lions Mobilizing Support for Ebola Victims

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Dear Lions,

In recent months, we have all watched as an outbreak of Ebola has gripped West Africa. The outbreak has taken more than 5,000 lives, and it is estimated that more than 4,000 children have been orphaned. A lack of health education and growing food shortages in these countries are proving to be a disastrous combination. Lions, I am appealing to you to join me in offering support.

14145864026_cbdd3d9ece_mWe Lions have a long-standing history of helping those who need us around the world. Today at the Europa Forum, I announced that Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) will provide a US$150,000 grant for Ebola Aid.  Several countries, including Japan and Sweden,  have already committed their support.

With 167 clubs and more than 8,000 Lions in affected countries, Lions and LCIF are pledging their support for those most in need. Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s Ebola Aid campaign and bring hope to Ebola victims, their families and those affected by the outbreak.

I want to thank you for your support and your commitment to meeting humanitarian needs whenever and wherever they arise.

Sincerely,

Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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LCIF Awards 56 Humanitarian Grants in October 2014

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_MG_3350More than US$4.4 million was awarded in Lions Clubs International Foundation grants during the October 2014 Board of Trustees meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

With these funds, 56 grants will support life-changing projects around the world. Lions will expand an orphanage in South Africa, support volunteer emergency services in the United Kingdom, provide children’s vision screening equipment in the United States, MD300 Taiwan and Japan, equip a home for the elderly in Portugal, fund a food program for women in Burkina Faso, and much more.

Lions will help millions of people worldwide through these grants, which were made possible through your support. Thank you for your contributions to LCIF!

Grant application deadlines for the next round of grants are as follows:

  • November 21, 2014: Lions Quest grant applications for review by the Lions Quest Advisory Committee (LAC) in January 2015
  • February 12, 2015: Standard, Core 4 and IAG grant applications for review at the April 2015 Board meeting
  • May 8, 2015: SightFirst grant applications for review by the SightFirst Advisory Committee (SAC) in August 2015

Make a difference, donate to LCIF

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Visit LCIF at the Europa Forum!

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Have you ever wondered how Lions Clubs International Foundation can help Lions change lives around the world and at home? Experience the impact of LCIF at this year’s Europa Forum from October 30 through November 1 in Birmingham, England. The theme for this year’s forum is “Service from the Heart.”

LCIF will have staff on hand who can answer questions regarding grant programs, the application process, and donations, as well as provide informational materials. Be sure to ask about the Lions Measles Initiative!

This year, there are several informational sessions regarding LCIF:

→ On Friday, October 31, Immediate Past International President and LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer will give a presentation on Lions Clubs International Foundation from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the auditorium.

→ Also on Friday, October 31, come learn about Lions Quest, LCIF’s social and emotional learning program for students, in the London room from 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

→ In addition, there will be an LCIF coordinators meeting on Friday, October 31 in the Oxford room from 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Forums provide for an exchange of information and ideas surrounding service activities and Lions’ projects while promoting the principles and objectives of Lions Clubs International and LCIF. All Lions in the constitutional area in which the forum is held are invited to participate.

You can read about LCIF’s activities at the OSEAL Forum in the upcoming weeks. 

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Message from the Chairperson: Preventing Blindness through LCIF

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Palmer official [640x480]Dear Lions,

With World Sight Day taking place earlier this month, I was thinking about the amazing accomplishments that Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) have been able to achieve together. The theme of World Sight Day this year was “No More Preventable Blindness,” which is something we have been working towards for years by fighting diseases through SightFirst and working with partners to make a difference.

Our Sight for Kids partnership with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC) is a great example of what can be achieved. The Sight for Kids program has screened the vision of more than 20 million schoolchildren in Asia Pacific who might not have received a vision screening otherwise. And, the partnership program provides glasses and follow-up care as needed, all for free to students in need.

I am proud to share with you that we have expanded Sight for Kids beyond Asia Pacific into Kenya and Turkey. You can watch a new video online to learn more about Sight for Kids and about our expansion into these two new countries. Our partnership program really works, and I am very happy about this expansion.

I want to encourage you to continue sight-saving efforts through your club, your district, and beyond. Every project helps reduce preventable blindness and save sight, just like every donation to LCIF can help make a difference.

Sincerely,

Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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Kenyan Lions Team Up with Special Olympics to Expand “Mission: Inclusion”

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Lions Clubs International First Vice President Jitsuhiro Yamada observes a vision screening at the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between Lions in Kenya and Special Olympics Kenya.

When we put our hearts into service, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish. Just ask Special Olympics athletes and their families in over 80 countries who have benefited from “Mission: Inclusion,” the global partnership between Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Special Olympics.

Since 2001, Special Olympics has partnered with Lions around the world to provide health education to families and caretakers of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Now you can add one more country to the list of countries participating in “Mission: Inclusion.”

On Saturday, September 6, Lions in Kenya met with Lions First Vice President Jitsuhiro Yamada and representatives from Special Olympics Kenya to sign a memorandum of understanding introducing the partnership to the people of Kenya.

By signing the MOU, Lions in Kenya pledge to support the growth of Opening Eyes, LCIF’s vision care partnership program with Special Olympics, and ensure high quality screening and follow-up care is provided to the families and caretakers of individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout Kenya.

This support includes engaging Leo youth volunteers throughout the country in the Special Olympics inclusive sports model, and supporting the creation of Special Olympics-focused Lions Clubs integrating athletes into local Lions Clubs through the “Invite an Athlete” campaign.

Lions in Kenya hope to provide increased service and support for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families by engaging at least 100 Lions Clubs volunteers in Opening Eyes events and Family Health Forums throughout the year. In doing so, the expanded program will provide an estimated 500 athletes a year with quality vision screenings and follow-up care.

In addition, the global partnership seeks to build on previous successes by mobilizing local Leos and Lions Clubs volunteers to hold at least one Unified Sports match bringing together Leos and Special Olympics Kenya athletes. Because everyone, regardless of where they’re from or what they do, should be able to experience the transformative powers of sports and service.

For information about special interest clubs for Special Olympics, visit the Lions Clubs International website. Visit the Special Olympics website to learn more about the organization and its efforts

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