Earlier this month, Anne and I had the opportunity to attend the kick-off for the Special Olympics World Games, which will take place in 2015. We always have so much fun at Special Olympic events because there is a spirit of unity in the air that is just like the spirit of Lions clubs! It was during this event that Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) continued our support for Special Olympics as announced during the African Leaders Forum on Disability earlier this year.
Whether Lions are working with our partners or working locally in communities, you do a world of good, and LCIF is there to help you. Our Foundation recently approved almost US$10 million in SightFirst and Lions Quest grants for projects around the world. In addition to these grants, LCIF continues to support humanitarian projects and disaster relief efforts.
Just a few weeks ago, China was hit with a terrible earthquake. More than 600 people died because of the disaster and a large number of people were injured. What made the situation even worse was that more than 40,000 homes were damaged or destroyed! That means more than 40,000 families are in need of help. I am proud that Lions are there to help them.
LCIF immediately issued a US$250,000 Major Catastrophe Grant through the Disaster Relief Fund, allowing Lions to provide food, water, blankets, medicine and other necessities to people in need. With clubs in more than 200 countries, LCIF is ready to help whenever Lions or their communities are in need, regardless of their location. The road to recovery can be a long one, but Lions will be there for as long as needed while homes are rebuilt and communities are put back together in China.
I want to thank you for your support and your concern.
Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
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 ANZI-Pacific Forum from August 29 through August 31 in Adelaide, Australia. This year’s forum theme is “Passport to Excellence – Look, Listen, Learn.”
LCIF will have staff present 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 LCIF informational sessions:
→ Immediate Past International President and LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer will present at an LCIF seminar titled “LCIF – Making a Difference throughout the World.” This seminar is scheduled for Friday, August 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
→ On Sunday, August 31st, Immediate Past International President and LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer will host a meeting with Past District Governors from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
→ Also on Sunday, “Lions Quest – Investing in our Future” will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Stop by to learn about LCIF’s social and emotional learning program for students.
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 USA/Canada Forum in the upcoming weeks.
The Lions Club of Kota Bharu in Malaysia saw a need in their community — children with certain disabilities were not receiving the special attention and early intervention they needed. In 1997, the Lions established a Down Syndrome Center, where teachers taught language, reading, writing, numbers, fine motor skills and basic life skills to children with Down Syndrome.
Watch the Lions Quarterly segment above to learn more about the center, including parents’ reactions and how it has grown thanks to help from LCIF. You can also view the entire July Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network.
During the August 2014 Lions Quest Advisory Committee meeting, 22 grants were awarded totaling US$1,216,054. Through these grants, Lions Quest programs will provide students with positive life skills in countries like India, Japan, Madagascar, the United States, Turkey and more.
The SightFirst Advisory Committee also met earlier this month and awarded 26 grants totaling US$8,063,304. As part of the grants awarded, SightFirst will continue working with The Carter Center to control trachoma and river blindness in Ethiopia, Mali, Niger and northern Uganda; provide cataract surgeries in Nepal and Sri Lanka; conduct further blindness prevention research; support a diabetic retinopathy program in the United States and more.
These grants would not be possible without the generosity and compassion of Lions around the world. Thank you for your support! When available, you can view the list of grants awarded online.
Grant application deadlines for the next round of grants are as follows: