New Delhi: Philanthropic efforts of one of the largest service organizations in the world got a renewed boost with their recent board of directors meeting that took place in New Delhi. So far the India chapter has contributed $4 million to Campaign Sight First II, which is the second phase of the programme dedicated to eradicate various preventable blindness and other eye disease.
The Lions Clubs International board of directors meet four times a year in different countries. This was the first time New Delhi was selected, since India’s ‘Lions’ are the second largest group in the organization, contributing to a variety of service projects.
LCI is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographic areas and is ranked best among NGOs worldwide.
Indian members work in following areas:
* Manage and provide financial support for several hospitals
* Work with the blind and vision impaired
* Administer programmes to teach HIV and AIDS education and awareness
* Feed the hungry
* Have programmes for disaster relief
Inaugurating the meet which had more than150 members of Lions Clubs International (LCI) and their spouses from all over world took part in the five day convention.
Chief minister, Delhi Sheila Dikshit while receiving an award for her contribution to society acknowledged the contribution made by LCI in helping the needy, poor and backward sections of society at both global and local levels.
Present on the occasion were president Lions Club International Lion Mahendra Amarasuriya of Colombo, Srilanka, immediate past international president Lion Jimmy Ross; first International VP Lion Albert. F. Brandel, second International VP Lion Ebherhard. J. Wirfs and 33 directors of Lions Clubs International.
LS Patil, MD Patil Group of Industries and Naresh Aggarwal, chairman Host Committee Lions Clubs International Delhi and MD Star Overseas Ltd. donated $100,000 each to Lions Clubs International for humanitarian projects.
* Lions international donate an estimated $554 million each year and about 76 million hours, which is the equivalent of more than 36,000 people working full time for a year.
Other issues taken up at the conference included accessibility of proper medical facilities to the underprivileged, extension of preventable blindness programme in India ,educational programmes for the poor, special programmes and funds for the disabled and community development programme.