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China earthquake

China earthquake – urgent appeal for help

Dear Lions,

On Sunday, a terrible tragedy occurred. A large earthquake struck the Yunnan Province of China. Authorities estimate that nearly 600 people have lost their lives from the Zhaotong
earthquake, with an additional 2,800 people injured across several counties. Even more people are missing. It is estimated that more than 25,500 homes were completely destroyed, with an even higher number of houses damaged.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) immediately awarded a US$250,000 Major
Catastrophe Grant with money from the disaster relief fund, allowing Lions in affected areas to
immediately begin providing assistance. These funds will help meet immediate needs by
providing food, water, medicine, blankets and other necessities as quickly as possible. The funds will also support long-term reconstruction and recovery.

With approximately 21,000 Lions members in China, many of our fellow Lions have been directly impacted by this disaster. We must help them as they provide relief and assistance to their affected communities. I encourage you to consider making a donation to the Foundation for disaster relief. Donations to the disaster relief fund are Melvin Jones Fellowship eligible and can make a real difference in times of need.

DONATE NOW (and make a difference)

Thank you for your support.
Sincerely,
Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Please read Lions Mourn Passing of Nelson Mandela, a tribute to the great man, written by Lions Clubs International President Barry Palmer.
Tribute to Nelson Mandela, by Barry Palmer

Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Transcript – “I know Lions around the world join me in expressing their sincere condolences to the people of South Africa as they mourn the death of their former president Nelson Mandela. As a freedom fighter, statesman, and ambassador of peace, President Mandela set an example for millions of people to emulate.  His passion for others and his demonstrated ability to bring people together endeared him to people from every culture.  His position of non-violence even in the midst of turbulent times set him apart and elevated his prominence as a world leader.  There can be no better example of his universal respect than his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He served the people not only of South Africa, but of every nation.  Even after he left the office of President, he remained at the forefront of civil rights.  He belonged to the world, and the world will miss him. It is the fervent hope of Lions Clubs International and our members in 208 countries that Nelson Mandela’s platform of peace will continue to influence world leaders and usher in a millennium of peace and understanding.”

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