Lions Clubs International celebrated its 100th birthday on 7th June 2017 and all around the world Lions Clubs have commemorated 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. To these challenges, a fifth has now been added concerning the fight against diabetes. Locally in the UK, Lions Clubs were set a total of 18 detailed challenges based around these original four themes but which already included Diabetes related challenges..
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
- 112 items delivered to the Foodbank based in Brightlingsea.
- ** LATEST NEWS ** At the end of June 2017, we held our Centennial Celebration Quiz where 20 teams fought it out for our Club’s charitable funds. £515 was raised and a great time held by all. See our Facebook page for more photos of the occasion.