Press Release:-It was the biggest gathering of lions in Saint Lucia. They came from all over the island to commemorate the start of a significant milestone – the 50th Anniversary of Lionism in Saint Lucia. This celebration coincides with the 100thAnniversary of the introduction of Lionism to the World.
The Lions and Leos, of Zone 3B, Saint Lucia representing the Lions Clubs of Castries, Vieux Fort, Piton Soufriere, Gros Islet, and Micoud and the Leo Clubs of Castries and Hewanorra Plains on Sunday January 15, 2017 gathered in Mon Repos to commemorate the start of the 50th Anniversary celebrations.
The Chairman of the Lions Turn 50 Committee noted that “this Anniversary gives us an opportunity to reflect on our achievements not only in terms of growth but in our contribution in service over the years. It allows for new ideas and to refocus our vision as we move forward as a Zone”.
The local celebrations commenced with a church service, which was followed by the delivery of hampers to needy families in the Micoud area. Other planned activities include the Annual Audit of Clubs, a Press Launch on February 1st, the Launch of the Lions of the Saint Lucia Foundation and the hosting of the mid-year Convention in November.
The first Lions Club in Saint Lucia was founded on June 27, 1967 under the leadership of the late Lion Victor Joseph.
Over the years, the Lions have contributed towards the development of our communities through partnership with government and like organizations – with Lions and Leos working with the elderly, in Diabetes education and prevention, Sight preservation and education, Cancer awareness and education, among others.
One such partnership is the Kids-In Sight Project, which was conceived in 2003 to address the urgent need of children with at risk eye conditions. The key partners include the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association, a team of Ophthalmologists from The Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project, University of West Virginia Eye Institute and the Lions of West Virginia..
To date a total of 349 surgical interventions have been done on kids and 496 glasses prescribed. Fifteen training workshops have been conducted with Teachers in the various schools around the island and 7 medical workshops with community nurses. This project has benefitted children who otherwise could not have afforded surgeries or eye glasses. The local hospitals have benefitted as the Project donated an Ophthalmic Scope to the eye clinic at Victoria Hospital.
Lions around the world have been changing lives for 100 years through humanitarian service. The centennial celebrations run through June 2018 and lions are asked to help reach our Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving more than 100 million people by June 2018.
Our Centennial service campaign focuses on four core areas:
1 Relieving the Hunger – Improving access to healthy food for vulnerable populations in our community;
2 Sharing the Vision – Preventing future cases of unnecessary blindness through vision screening and educational events;
3 Engaging the Youth – Supporting youth in your community, or inspiring the next generation of volunteers by inviting Leos and other local youth to serve on a project with you;
4 Protecting our Environment – Protecting and improving the environment to make your community a healthier place to live for everyone.