This article series introduces important charity contributions by Lions Club of Eastleigh.
The first in the series is Eastleigh Lions’ work in combating the leading causes of blindness and assisting in preserving vision.
Lions Club have been involved with sight related issues since 1922 when Helen Keller, famous American blind and deaf author, challenged Lions to be the Champions of the Blind.
We have raised money to try to eliminate preventable eye disorders or disease, run clinics in many countries to carry out cataract operations, and re-cycle spectacles to the third world.
I recently have 7975 pairs of glasses in my garage awaiting our annual forwarding day when Lions from Petersfield arrive with a large van and move them to Midhurst for initial sorting.
The glasses are then checked more thoroughly at Chichester before being sent to France where we have a facility to grade them properly and re-pack in simple wallets for onward transport to underdeveloped countries in Africa and Asia.
World Sight Day
World Sight Day 2015 is on the 8th of October.
We also like to give the local Mayor an opportunity to shop at Asda while we collect money, which is forwarded to Open Sight as a local Sight-related charity.
In addition, Open Sight were the President’s Charity in 2012/3 and we were able to give them £2000 to buy mobile computer equipment so they could demonstrate modern communications and social media adaptations for those with limited vision.
The Lions’ contribution to saving sight throughout the world
“Together with LCIF (Lions Clubs International Foundation) and partners like The Carter Center, Lions have helped to restore sight to 7.7 million people through cataract surgeries; prevented serious vision loss for more than 30 million; provided over 271 million treatments for river blindness; built or expanded 660 eye care hospitals and clinics; and trained 681,000 eye care specialists and eye health workers. Congratulations, Lions! ”
By Barry J. Palmer, Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation, in LCIF Newsletter (Chairperson’s Message)
To join Eastleigh Lions and serve the community, contact Lions Club of Eastleigh.
- Article Series: Eastleigh Lions: Message In A Bottle
- World Sight Day: Lions Club of Eastleigh Supports Open Sight
- Santa’s Grotto at Brambridge Park – Christmas 2015
- Article Series: Eastleigh Lions: Champions of the Blind
- Inspirational Eastleigh Volunteers Fair
- Eastleigh Lions: Brambridge Park Santa’s Grotto 2014
- Eastleigh Lions: Bravery Certificates
- Eastleigh Lions: £1000 To Eastleigh Basics Bank