As part of their commitment to greening South Africa Merriman Lions Club sponsored a tree in the grounds of their school partner De Vrije Zee. Through the partnership the Merriman Lions have been able to support the school and its learners with ongoing supplies of fruit, foodstuff, stationery and equipment in their Services to Children project.
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WHEN it comes to meeting challenges our response is simple. We Serve.In 206 countries, 1.35 million Lions are doing voluntary community work serving unique local needs.
Because we are global we can address challenges that go beyond borders. We want everyone to see a better tomorrow. Through sight programmes. We believe everyone worldwide deserves a healthier life. Through health programmes..
We empower the next generation. Youth leadership through Leo clubs.We serve local communities – and protect the planet. We partner. For 28 years regional Lions Clubs have assisted Peninsula School Feeding’s Blisters for Bread walk under our Services for Children project.
Who are we?
We are just ordinary people who do amazing things. From Chicago in 1917, Lions International has become the world’s largest, most active humanitarian community service organisation. The Cape Town club was formed in 1957, and Lionism soon spread throughout the country and continent.
Men and women of all cultures and all walks of life, in 51 clubs, are proud to be members across the Western, Northern Cape and Namibia. Worldwide, Lions are amongst the first responders to natural and other disasters
Who is a Lion?
Anyone 18 years or older wanting to help those in need may become a member. Only public funds are used for the work we do with each member paying annual administration dues which average out at under R2 a day.
Clubs are involved in many different service areas and in fundraising projects to raise the money. The family of Lionism offers opportunities for everyone and to improve personal skills through training programmes.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) the funding arm for Humanitarian Services, Vocational Assistance and Major Disaster Relief is supported by Lions and clubs worldwide.
It provides affected areas with almost instantaneous financial aid to cope with the emergency. Both the Western Cape and Namibia have received thousands of dollars of Lions emergency aid after devastating natural disasters.
LCIF raises most of its funds through Melvin Jones Fellowships honouring the vision of our founder Melvin Jones (1879 to 1961). The Fellowship is bestowed on those who have given “dedicated humanitarian service” and there are many non Lion recipients.
Lions Christmas Cakes a national fundraiser raises much of the money for our community service.
Our quality, delicious 1kg moist fruit cakes are alcohol free, uniced and sell for R65 each. Colourfully boxed they make an ideal personal or corporate gift.
Purchase includes optional free entry into a competition offering R25 000 in cash prizes.
Lions Clubs International spokesperson
LIONS Clubs International continues to be a world leader in sight saving initiatives.
Millions of US Dollars from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) have provided hundreds of millions of cataract procedures, trained personnel, built and equipped eye hospitals and diabetic retinopathy programmes…
Lions Clubs International
In South Africa, Lions are dedicated to the eradication of preventable blindness. Utilising a Sight First Grant of US$90 000 from LCIF we are partnering with Groote Schuur Hospital Opthalmology in the Western Cape Lions Sight First Cataract Project assisting those on their waiting list. Initiated by Lions in 2000, it has received three years of Lions financial support with annual targets of over 1000 cataract surgeries.
Opthalmology Head Professor Colin Cook says “This is an important component of the clinical service delivery for the Cape Town Metropole contributing a significant part of the cataract surgery done here”. The project also provides important surgery training.
Lions Recycle For Sight
Good eye care and healthy sight is the focus of World Sight Month. In support of this, Growthpoint Properties is running an eye care drive until the middle of November in five of their shopping centres: Constantia Village, Longbeach Mall, Middestad Mall, MontClare Place and Golden Acre. Shoppers are encouraged to drop off their unwanted spectacles in collection boxes.
The lenses and frames will be reused by Lions Operation Brightsight a sophisticated lens recycling centre. Once checked and graded the spectacles are reissued through Lions Clubs.
Lions spectacle collection boxes are to be found at libraries, schools, community centres and optometrists’ consulting rooms..
Community Based Eye Care Workers Project
This innovative multipurpose project brings essential sight services to previously neglected communities and creates employment for matriculated school leavers.
The eye care workers’ training, under the control and supervision of the Jonga Trust, is largely funded by District 410A Lions Clubs.
Wearing Lions branded shirts the eye care workers are our Sight Saving Ambassadors as they spread the message about clinics, assist with those services and monitor residents on medical treatment.
Early identification of sight problems in young children and the prevention of curable blindness are most important.
Of the 321 clients screened at the Khayelitsha Eye Clinic 247 received reading spectacles, 8 clients were referred for further eye care and 25 learners received spectacles.
Since opening the clinic has screened 865 clients of which 129 were children. From this month Lions Clubs will have the unique opportunity to host their own Community Eye Screening Clinics thus extending this service to many more less privileged areas.
This brings a new dimension to Lions serving local communities. A Tokai Lions initiative the CBECW project will save and improve the sight of millions of South Africans.