Message from the Chairperson: Lions and LCIF Celebrate World Immunization Week

IPIP_Madden_vaccine_EthiopiaDear Lion,

Ever since Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) established the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative, I often reflect on how thankful I am that my children and grandchildren can receive immunizations for life-threatening diseases like measles. But not all kids are so lucky. Did you know that more than 300 people die every day from measles, mostly children, and even more are impacted by resulting health complications such as blindness? Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be prevented by a simple vaccination that costs less than a dollar. Thanks to you, more children are getting vaccinations and more lives are being saved.

Today marks the first day of this year’s World Immunization Week. This annual event presents an opportunity to raise awareness of measles and the importance of vaccinations. Lions around the world are hosting events throughout this special week to show their commitment to the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative.

As you read the LCIF blog this week, you will find inspiring stories from Lions about their work during World Immunization Week. Keep in mind that no matter where you are in the world, you can make a difference by supporting LCIF. Lions are providing education in more than 200 countries, actively supporting vaccination campaigns in countries impacted by measles, and fundraising to make sure that more children have access to immunizations and a better life.

We are almost at the end of our 30-day challenge to raise US$1 million for measles and it is exciting to see our progress towards this goal. Have you made your contribution yet? Remember, your donation will be matched on a 1:1 basis throughout April by the family of Abhey and Aruna Oswal, for a total of up to US$500,000. I am confident that we can reach this goal together to help protect our children against measles. Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Wayne Madden
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

LCI Hosts Girl Rising Event

“Girl Rising” is a powerful film that journeys around the globe to document the strength of the human spirit through the eyes of young girls in developing countries. Viewers get to know four unforgettable girls living in the developing world — ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.

Earlier this month, Lions Clubs International held a screening of the film “Girl Rising” for local Lions, followed by a discussion panel with literacy experts. Topics included empowering girls through early reading, building stronger communities through health and education, putting literacy within reach for every child, and equity and inclusion within education.

Make a Difference in a Young Girl’s Life

Through initiatives such as the Reading Action Program, Lions everywhere are focusing their efforts on improving global literacy rates and helping young girls everywhere follow their dreams. In addition to the many Reading Action Program projects you can organize for your community, consider screening “Girl Rising” at your next Lions club meeting or event. Invite Lions, potential members, friends and family, and raise awareness about the importance of education for young girls.

World Immunization Week 2014 Begins Tomorrow!

A child is vaccinated in Nigeria thanks to the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles InitiativeLions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions around the world will be celebrating this year’s World Immunization Week beginning tomorrow and running through Wednesday, April 30.

Lions, LCIF and our partners are working hard to stop measles. Throughout this week, blog posts will include topics from the LCIF Chairperson, Lions who have been involved with vaccination campaigns, photos, country profiles and our partners at the GAVI Alliance.

In addition, LCIF is celebrating World Immunization Week through a 30-day challenge for the month of April: to raise US$1 million for measles. When you make a donation to measles through the end of April, it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the family of Aruna and Abhey Oswal, for a total of up to US$500,000! Every dollar that you donate is doubled until we meet our goal.

Thank you for your support!

it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the Oswal family, for a total of up to US$500,000! Every dollar that you donate is doubled until we meet our goal. – See more at: http://www.lcif.org/blog/page/2/#.U1gc47TigRc
it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the Oswal family, for a total of up to US$500,000! Every dollar that you donate is doubled until we meet our goal. – See more at: http://www.lcif.org/blog/page/2/#.U1gc47TigRc
it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the Oswal family, for a total of up to US$500,000! Every dollar that you donate is doubled until we meet our goal. – See more at: http://www.lcif.org/blog/page/2/#.U1gc47TigRc

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Palmer’s Blog: Peace Will Help Us Grow

In Lebanon this past weekend, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the theme of the first Lions International Peace Poster Contest: “Peace Will Help Us Grow.” Thirteen-year-old Mustapha El Tawokji from Lebanon won that contest for his beautiful depiction of a dove flying over a growing flower.

Lions in Beirut recently opened a new park on the original border site of East and West Beirut during the civil war. I attended the opening ceremony, releasing white doves as a sign of peace as well as planting an olive tree. With the opening of this park, a part of young Mustapha’s dream has come true, and I’m proud to say that the Lions helped make it happen.

The video above is a nice look back at the first Peace Poster Contest, and how the contest has affected Mustapha’s life and vision of peace. The contest is still going strong today; you can order a kit for this year’s theme, “Peace, Love and Understanding.”

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Video: Lions Build a Nature Park

In celebration of Earth Day and Lions’ commitment to this month’s Protecting Our Environment Global Service Action Campaign, we’re sharing a video from Lions Quarterly archives that features Lions who built a nature park for their community. Once a former disaster site, the area was transformed into a park for local families to enjoy, as well as a memorial for those who lost their lives to a flood in 1972.

How is your Lions club celebrating Earth Day today?

News Release: LCIF Promotes the Life-Saving Value of Vaccines for World Immunization Week

A child in Uganda receives a measles vaccination through a Lions-led campaign, protecting him against the deadly disease A child in Uganda receives a measles vaccination, protecting him against the deadly disease.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is encouraging Lions around the world to take part in World Immunization Week, April 24–30, 2014. This week-long event is designed to raise awareness of the life-saving value of vaccines and encourage families to vaccinate their children.

In celebration of World Immunization Week, LCIF has launched a 30-day challenge to raise US$1 million for the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative. Measles donations to LCIF during the month of April will be matched by the family of Lions Abhey and Aruna Oswal, of New Delhi, India, for a total donation of up to US$500,000.

Lions in many African and South Asian countries will be actively promoting the 2014 World Immunization Week theme, “Are you up-to-date?” in their local communities. In coordination with their ministries of health and other partners, Lions will encourage community members to get up-to-date on any needed vaccines, and advocate for strengthening the immunization systems in their countries.

Measles is a highly infectious disease that kills an estimated 335 people every day, mostly children, even though there is a safe and cost-effective vaccine available. Measles can also lead to serious complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis and blindness. Routine immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health initiatives today.

To continue its work in the fight against measles, LCIF partnered with the GAVI Alliance in 2013 to protect millions of children in the world’s poorest countries against measles. Over 100 million children will be vaccinated through the partnership.

“I’m proud of what Lions have accomplished in the fight against measles, and we’re looking forward to accomplishing more with the GAVI Alliance. Together, we are saving lives and making the future safer, healthier and brighter for children,” said LCIF Chairperson Wayne Madden.

LCIF has committed to raising US$30 million to improve access to vaccines through the GAVI Alliance. The funds will be matched by the UK’s Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, bringing the total to US$60 million. Lions also play a key role in social-mobilization efforts in GAVI-supported vaccination campaigns.

Lions clubs and GAVI work with ministries of health in developing countries to ensure children are vaccinated against measles and rubella. Lions also work with local leaders, coordinate community-level publicity and serve as volunteers at vaccination centers.

“The partnership between GAVI and Lions Clubs provides a tremendous opportunity to extend the benefits of immunization to tens of millions of children by helping mobilize parents to get their kids immunized, including against measles and rubella,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO, the GAVI Alliance.

Lions have been active in GAVI-supported measles and measles-rubella immunization campaigns in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and Bangladesh. Lions will be supporting measles-rubella campaigns in Tanzania and Burkina Faso later this year.

Learn more about how Lions can support World Immunization Week by contacting the Lions Clubs International Foundation at lcifdevelopment@lionsclubs.org.

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Media Contact:
Christopher Bunch
Communications Manager

About Lions Clubs International Foundation
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International. Since its founding in 1968, LCIF has given more than US$826 million in grants to support the work of Lions in their local and global efforts to save sight, serve youth, provide disaster relief, and meet humanitarian needs, including efforts to combat measles. Learn more at www.lcif.org.

About GAVI Alliance
The GAVI Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing access to immunization in poor countries. The Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. GAVI uses innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, GAVI has contributed to the immunization of an additional 440 million children and the prevention of approximately 6 million future deaths. Learn more at www.gavialliance.org.

Webinar: Conflict ResolutionDon’t miss the last Leadership Development webinar of this Lions year:  Conflict Resolution.  The presentation disarms the idea of conflict by discussing common causes of conflict, the benefits of conflict and five conflict management strategies.
The webinar will review the pros and cons of each conflict management  approach as well as when to use each one — competition, avoidance, compromise, accommodation or collaboration.  Collaboration, the optimal choice, will be discussed in detail.
Don’t miss this webinar! It will give you the tools to help manage conflict at the club, district and all other Lions’ levels.
Sign up today:
Friday, May 9, 2014
7:00pm CDT Chicago time
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
12:00pm CDT Chicago time
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Webinar: Conflict Resolution

Don’t miss the last Leadership Development webinar of this Lions year:  Conflict Resolution.  The presentation disarms the idea of conflict by discussing common causes of conflict, the benefits of conflict and five conflict management strategies.

The webinar will review the pros and cons of each conflict management  approach as well as when to use each one — competition, avoidance, compromise, accommodation or collaboration.  Collaboration, the optimal choice, will be discussed in detail.

Don’t miss this webinar! It will give you the tools to help manage conflict at the club, district and all other Lions’ levels.

Sign up today:

Friday, May 9, 2014
7:00pm CDT Chicago time

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
12:00pm CDT Chicago time

Lions in the HeadlinesCheck out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
AUSTRALIA: Lions Club of Oakleigh makes life more comfortable for young dialysis patient.
BARBADOS: Lions Club for Christ Church West helps local school provide job training for disabled students.
NEW ZEALAND: The Kaikoura Lions Club celebrate 50 years of service by donating a mountaintop bench.
MARYLAND, USA: North East Lions Club performs eye examinations to Pre-K students.
GUYANA: Essequibo Lions Club builds fence at Charity Primary School
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!
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Lions in the Headlines

Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.

  • AUSTRALIA: Lions Club of Oakleigh makes life more comfortable for young dialysis patient.
  • BARBADOS: Lions Club for Christ Church West helps local school provide job training for disabled students.
  • NEW ZEALAND: The Kaikoura Lions Club celebrate 50 years of service by donating a mountaintop bench.
  • MARYLAND, USA: North East Lions Club performs eye examinations to Pre-K students.
  • GUYANA: Essequibo Lions Club builds fence at Charity Primary School
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

Video: WHO World Immunization Week 2014 - Know, Check, Protect

World Immunization Week starts next week! This short video from the World Health Organization encourages you to ask your local health clinic which vaccines you need, check whether your vaccinations are up-to-date, and to get the vaccines you need, when you need them.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions are supporting worldwide efforts to end measles through the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative. In celebration of World Immunization Week from April 24 – 30, LCIF has launched a 30 day challenge to raise US$1 million for the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative!

When you make a donation for measles during the month of April 2014, it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the family of Abhey and Aruna Oswal, for a total of up to US$500,000.

Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect.

Lions Host a Reading CarnivalToday’s photo from the Submit a Photo collection features the Montclare Elmwood Park Lions Club in Illinois, USA. These Lions held a Reading Carnival, during which 105 children enjoyed story time, a puppet theater, face painting, temporary tattoos, crafts, balloon twisting, snacks and photos.
Through the Reading Action Program, Lions everywhere show their commitment to improving global literacy every day. In addition to hosting a local reading carnival, service activities that encourage reading include donating books to families in need, organizing a story time for parents and their children, and sponsoring a creative writing workshop. See more Reading Action Program project ideas.
Do you have a great Lions story or project to share? Submit a photo to Lions Clubs International!
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Lions Host a Reading Carnival

Today’s photo from the Submit a Photo collection features the Montclare Elmwood Park Lions Club in Illinois, USA. These Lions held a Reading Carnival, during which 105 children enjoyed story time, a puppet theater, face painting, temporary tattoos, crafts, balloon twisting, snacks and photos.

Through the Reading Action Program, Lions everywhere show their commitment to improving global literacy every day. In addition to hosting a local reading carnival, service activities that encourage reading include donating books to families in need, organizing a story time for parents and their children, and sponsoring a creative writing workshop. See more Reading Action Program project ideas.

Do you have a great Lions story or project to share? Submit a photo to Lions Clubs International!