"To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world."
Shoeboxes for Romania project
The month of March in 2016 is a special time to honor eye donors and their families for giving the gift of sight. Eye donations are crucial for research and education, as well as corneal transplants that can help restore the sight of children and adults. Lions Eye Banks recover, evaluate, store and distribute human eye tissue for sight-saving procedures. Lions support more than 60 eye banks in nine countries.
Lions Eye Banks
Lions One shot~ One life Initiative
In the past year, all across the globe, Lions came together in support of One Shot, One Life: The Lions Measles Initiative by contributing an astounding US$10 million to help end the death and disease caused by measles. What a spectacular achievement!
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation promised to match every US$2 raised by Lions with US$1, if we reached our US$10 million goal. So, meeting the Gates Challenge means that Lions will be able to contribute a total of US$15 million this year to help protect the world's children from the brain damage, hearing loss, blindness and death caused by measles. Lions' dedication to combating this deadly disease is a clear demonstration of our deep commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our most vulnerable children. We have shown the world that we are not only Knights of the Blind but protectors of children, as well.
Korle Bu Eye Clinic in Ghana
Lions International Eye Centre based at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana helps restore sight and prevent people across West Africa from going blind by training ophthalmologists and by improving access to eye specialists and medical facilities.
More than 50 new grant projects were approved at the May Board of Trustees meeting, including projects in every constitutional area. Diabetes, Lions’ new signature cause, was the focus of several grants, including one to establish camps and support groups for adolescents in Romania. In Wisconsin, USA, a grant was approved to purchase equipment for a cancer unit at a children’s hospital. A grant awarded to Lions in Japan will help expand a school in Bangladesh. In addition, LCIF and Special Olympics International agreed to renew their partnership until 2023, which means expanding upon the global activities that serve Special Olympics athletes and promote inclusion. These are just a few examples of the life-changing projects Lions are organizing around the world with support from LCIF.
Read more about the work of the Lions Clubs International Foundation at www.lcif.org
Lions Clubs International Foundation
Centennial celebration and Guinness World Record
The Italian and French Lions, with the help of volunteers from the Italian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, set a new Guinness world record! They formed a chain of 27,656 pairs of eyeglasses that measured 3072.90 meters (nearly 2 miles) in length. The record will be published in the Guinness World Records 2017, the year of Lions Clubs International Centennial celebration. Congratulations, Lions!
George and Mirela Coseraru in Ireland call Dublin home. A few years back, they understood that they should get involved and help a child in need with a gift for Christmas. They work with Romanian Christian Churches, that know about and get involved with the centers and children.
They started in 2013, with 300 gifts.In 2014 they had an amazing 700 gifts for the children.This time they went to hand over the gifts in Romania. They had refreshments, carols and a short message about Christmas, and the experience was hard to put in words; ups and downs, happiness and sadness; but to see and be part of the joy of children receiving and opening the gifts was well worth all the efforts.
For 2015, the aim was to generate enough funds for the transport of boxes, extra contents for the boxes (missing items) that are gratefully received from thoughtful and generous people like you.
This picture shows the Lions Club of Bletchley's contribution.
Gudrun becomes the first woman to become International President of Lions Clubs International.
From Iceland she is a biomedical scientist and has worked at the University of Iceland as VD for the Institute of Continuing Education.
She has dedicated her service to;
children and youth
membership and leadership development
health and wellness especially vision and diabetes