As this year comes to an end, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve as Chairperson of Lions Clubs International Foundation. I am grateful to have visited many of your humanitarian projects around the world. Every day, you remind me of how Lions are able to make big things happen with the help of our Foundation.
This past year was a significant one for LCIF. Millions of children received measles vaccinations when the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s challenge grant was met. We celebrated the vision screening of more than 16 million children through 10 years of our Sight for Kids partnership with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. Students are learning positive life skills in 81 countries as Lions Quest continues to expand globally. Communities affected by disasters around the world - including towns flooded in Thailand, devastated by tornadoes in the USA and destroyed by earthquakes in China - were given hope through relief efforts. And, so much more has occurred through hundreds of grant projects.
Thank you, Lions. Your efforts are helping millions of people in many different ways, meeting the needs of your communities and global needs as well. You put your heart into everything that you do, and it shows. I am proud to be a Lion.
I believe that together, with your support, we can continue to make a difference around the world in the years to come.
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation