Lions Clubs International is celebrating its 100th birthday in June 2017 and all around the world Lions Clubs are commemorating this important event in many different ways but with a common theme of serving their local community.
Lions Clubs International originally set four challenges to Clubs focusing on the themes of Environment, Hunger, Vision and Youth. Locally in the UK, Lions Clubs were set a total of 18 detailed challenges based around these original four themes.
Our Lions Club has been working on a number of these challenges over the past two years and has plans to attempt more in the coming year up to June 2018. The projects and challenges that we have undertaken so far are:
- Recycling 43,500 pairs of unwanted spectacles in the past twelve months alone
- Continued to distribute thousands of Message in a Bottle Kits
- Donated 200 items to the Clacton Foodbank
- Donated some 400 clothing items to the local Citizens Advice Bureau’s Winter Warmers Project and the Salvation Army’s work with the homeless
- Recycled 56 hearing aids in the past twelve months
- Recorded over 100 Good Deeds carried out on an individual basis by Club Members
- Held local heats of the Lions International Peace Poster Competition on an annual basis
- Recycled 2,535 used or unwanted printer cartridges and 213 mobile phones to raise funds for the East Anglian Children’s Hospices in the past twelve months
- Contributed 105 food items to the Brightlingsea Food Bank
We are still working on a number of other projects but the one that will be happening in 5 weeks time is our “Centennial Celebration Quiz” on Friday 23rd June – see our Calendar for more details