April: Focus falls on serving with Lions

April is international Lions Awareness Month and in Malmesbury the Lions Club is an active member of this community.
But, where did it all start?

•In 1917, Chicago business leader Melvin Jones asked a simple and world-changing question “what if people made a commitment to improving their communities? More than a century later, Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world, with more than 1.4 million members in 48,000 clubs acting on the same simple idea when Lions come together for the good of humanity, there’s nothing we can’t achieve.

Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. More than 1.4 million members in over 48,000 clubs are serving in 200 countries and geographic areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions have strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects, and they extend their service impact through the generous support of the Lions Clubs International Foundation. “We are focused on supporting vision, the environment, childhood cancer, hunger, diabetes and other pressing humanitarian needs to help address some of the biggest challenges facing humanity. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit lionsclubs.org. “

What do Lions do?
•Lions around the world serve by improving the health and well-being of others, strengthening their communities and protecting the vulnerable.
•”We help our global neighbors through the support of our Foundation, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). LCIF has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in grants to support Lions’ humanitarian projects. In 2020, LCIF donated millions of dollars in emergency grant funds during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to provide critical supplies and equipment to communities struggling with this health crisis.
•Internationally, we empower youth through our Peace Poster Contest, youth camps and exchanges, and the Lions Quest program that has helped provide positive life skills to over 16 million students.
•Last year, Lions helped more than 300 million people around the world through service, donations and advocacy work.

What do Lions do?
•Lions around the world serve by improving the health and well-being of others, strengthening their communities and protecting the vulnerable.
•We help our global neighbors through the support of our Foundation, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).
LCIF has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in grants to support Lions’ humanitarian projects. In 2020, LCIF donated millions of dollars in emergency grant funds during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to provide critical supplies and equipment to communities struggling with this health crisis.
•Internationally, we empower youth through our Peace Poster Contest, youth camps and exchanges, and the Lions Quest program that has helped provide positive life skills to over 16 million students.
•Last year, Lions helped more than 300 million people around the world through service, donations and advocacy work.

Why should people be a Lion?
•When you become a Lion, you become part of a local club and a global network of volunteers working together to make a difference.
•A Lions club is a great place to develop your leadership skills and put them into action. Plus, you’ll get first-class training and great resources from our global organization.
•A Lions club is a group of people like you who’ve decided to take action and help others. Lions form unique friendships and meaningful connections that can last a lifetime.
•There is nothing quite like the feeling of making someone’s life better.

The start of Malmesbury Lions

The Lions Club of Malmesbury, which was established 12 years ago, is part of the biggest service organization of the world, called Lions Clubs International or only Lions International.
Lions International was established in chicago (usa) in 1917 by an insurance broker called melvin jones, who felt at that time that a person will never be able to move forward until he starts helping someone.
Today, we are nearly 1.4 million members around the world, spread over 200 plus countries and with around 47000 clubs.
The five main pillars of srvice ar hunger, sight, environment, childwood cancer and diabetes.
Our club is presently busy with assisting Jo Dolphin (a center for children with disability), Welgmeend School (a farm school 10kms outside Malmesbury), Goue Aar (a center for old people), Auntie Suzz (a lady who looks after street children from Wesbank), Net ’n Bietjie Liefde (a pre-primary school in Abbotsdale), Elkana Childcare Center, to name a few.
We would really like to to be able to assist more people in the community, but it is not easy as we have to raise funds ourselves, for the lack of sponsorship.
We hope with the Covid pandemic slowly dying down, that the economy might improve thus giving us the opportunity of approaching the local business fraternity for a possible sponsorship.