Haywards Heath Lions Club

(Founded 1962)

 

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Who Are Lions?

Our Vision Statement

To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

Our Mission Statement

To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

Who are the Lions?

Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in approximately 44,000 clubs in 202 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes. Founded in 1917, the volunteer organization's motto is "We Serve."

Known for working to end preventable blindness, (see Helen Keller) Lions participate in a vast variety of projects important to their communities.

These projects range from cleaning up local parks to providing supplies to victims of natural disasters. Since 1917, the association of Lions Clubs has provided millions of people with the opportunity to give something back to their communities.

Lions continue to make a difference everyday and everywhere and live up to their motto, " We Serve".

Whats it all about? What do we do and why do we do it?

Service to Others

Worldwide, Lions clubs are recognized for their service to the blind and visually impaired. This service began when Helen Keller challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness" during the 1925 Lions Clubs International Convention.

Today, Lions extend their commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts, as well as through their international SightFirst Program and Lions World Sight Day, a global partnership of United Nations agencies, eye care and philanthropic organizations and health professionals, held the second Thursday of each October to increase awareness of the need to eradicate blindness. Lions also collect and recycle eyeglasses for distribution in developing countries year-round and especially during May, which is Lions Recycle for Sight Month.

In addition, Lions make a strong commitment to young people through youth outreach programs. Lions also work to improve the environment, build homes for the disabled, support diabetes education, conduct hearing programs and, through their foundation, provide disaster relief around the world.

Based on a recent report of Lions clubs worldwide, it is estimated that each Lions clubs donates approximately £5,000 to charitable causes, totaling £220 million worldwide. Each year Lions club members volunteer approximately 76 million hours, which is equivalent to 36,500 people working full time for a year.

Sight Programs

In 1990, Lions established SightFirst, raising approximately £70 million to fight the major causes of preventable and reversible blindness. The unprecedented program joins Lions volunteers with blindness prevention experts and organizations and governments. SightFirst has:

provided more than 7.1 million cataract surgeries
built or expanded 213 eye hospitals
supported more than 80 million treatments to prevent river blindness
improved eye care in 90 countries around the world.
In 2005, Lions launched Campaign SightFirst II with a goal of raising at least £75 million to continue and expand the extraordinary work of SightFirst.

Lions clubs support other sight-related activities. Lions clubs and members:

provide 600,000 free professional glaucoma screenings and make 25,000 corneal transplants possible each year
establish and support a majority of the world's eye banks, hundreds of clinics, hospitals and eye research centers worldwide
collect more than 30 million pairs of used eyeglasses annually for free distribution to those in need in developing countries
offer screenings, eyeglasses and sports goggles to athletes through the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Program provide free quality eye care, eyeglasses, Braille-writers, large print texts, white canes and guide dogs for thousands of people each year.

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