This is the second article in our series about the important community works by Lions Club of Eastleigh.
The first in the series is Eastleigh Lions: Champions Of The Blind.
Since writing on Chandler’s Ford Today, I have met some incredible Lions, and Devan Kandiah is one of them.
Devan Kandiah told me a great deal about Eastleigh Lions – he knows the history as he has been an Eastleigh Lion for over 20 years, including a few years as the Chairman. In 2011, Devan was named Citizen of Honour by Eastleigh Borough Council to recognise his contributions in the community.
In our last meeting, Devan told me about the importance of Lions Message in a Bottle, a simple but effective scheme which could save life.
The Lions Message In a Bottle scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location – the fridge.
Though the scheme is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, it can benefit anyone.
Devan explained that the Bottle can contain non medical messages, such as when and what to feed your cat in an emergency. Davan said, “If an old lady who lives alone knows that her cat will be looked after when she is in the hospital, she will be happy. She may not worry about herself, but she worries about her cat.”
I later contacted Dave Bowring, an Eastleigh Lion and also contributor of Chandler’s Ford Today, to ask him what the bottle is like “in action”.
Dave sent me three images – one to show a Message in a Bottle sticker on the door, one on the fridge door, and a bottle in the fridge.
Message in a Bottle
More than 5 million FREE Message in a Bottle kits have been distributed by Lions Clubs British Isles & Ireland in recent years to people with conditions such as diabetes, allergies, disabilities and life-threatening illnesses.
The bottles are supplied FREE of charge.
Lions clubs supply the bottles to health centres, doctors’ surgeries and chemists. They are also available direct from Lions clubs.
Paramedics, police, fire-fighters and social services support this life-saving initiative and know to look in the fridge when they see the Lions Message in a Bottle stickers.
- 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
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