Over £100,000 raised for Lions Sight Savers/LEHP
Lions across Great Britain and Ireland raised an amazing £102,507.34p between July 2014 and June 2015 to benefit their Sight Savers and Eye Health Programmes.
Lions Clubs International provides unrivalled support for sight programmes and services within local communities across the world. These include vision screenings, eye banks and eyeglass recycling. We provide eye care services to those at risk of losing their sight, and we undertake fundraising where every penny raised helps fund vital sight related projects.
Projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight, improve eye health and benefit eye care have been an essential part of the work of Lions Clubs across the world for nearly 100 years. It was in 1925 when Helen Keller, the inspirational deaf-blind campaigner, challenged Lions to be “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”
Since the inception of Sight Savers Trust, Lions Clubs International has donated £4m. The aim now is to pay for one million cataract operations world-wide by 2020. In addition spectacle recycling continues with a million pairs of glasses now having been recycled.
Lions World Sight Day is the second Thursday in October and this year falls on 8th October, whilst Sight Awareness Week is 5th to 11th October so a handy two in one. In 1925 we pledged ourselves with Helen Kellar to be Knights of the Blind – let’s try and make this Lions Centennial year one to remember and for those we help – one they will never forget.
PDG Lion Larry Collins MJF