YOUR GUIDE TO THE GREAT WORK WE’RE DOING AROUND THE WORLD 1 SOUTH ASIA PHILIPPINES Medical Team Marches In, Makes a Difference Many residents in a neighborhood of the City of Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines had never visited a dentist. So a Lion-dentist, as well as a doctor, optometrist and a nurse/pharmacist who are Lions, spent a half day in Barangay Camaman-an providing medical and dental care. The team put together by the Cagayan de Oro Makahambus Lions Club conducted eye screenings, distributed medications for diabetes and also extracted 175 teeth. The Lions attended to more than 300 patients. On the team were dentist Thelma Sarmineto, Dr. Polygino Valmores, optometrist Dr. Luzminda Abarrientos and Vivian Tagapulot, a nurse and pharmacist. “We do this every year. Serving people, especially those who have less in life, makes us happy,” says Sarah Bais, a Lion since 1995. “It gives us a sense of responsibility and makes us aware how blessed we are.” Seedlings Improve Water Supply 2 AFRICA MALAWI The catchment area that fed the Lilongwe River, the water source for Lilongwe, Malawi, was degraded. The quality and quantity of water for the city’s residents was adversely affected. So Lilongwe Lions led a project to plant more than 2,500 trees there. “It was a quest to fulfill the international president’s dream to plant at least 1 million trees and an attempt to mitigate the effects of climate change,” says Clara Malunga, club secretary. Lions pulled together the support of students from two schools, a ministry of natural resources and the Lilongwe Water Board. Lions are considering encouraging students to adopt seedlings and then rewarding them with school materials if the trees survive. 3 EUROPE GERMANY Walkathon Gets Wild in Germany The walk turned into a outlandish parade. German Lions encouraged participants in their walkathon to get a little crazy. The walkers complied. They came carrying skis, Alpine ropes and fire hoses. They wore traditional Bavarian outfits, surgical masks or colorful sportswear. One walker blared a portable siren. The Oberstaufen-Westallgäu Lions Club sponsored the walk to mark the start of Lindenberg’s market days. Led by Mayor Johann Zeh and Meckatzer Brewery owner Michael Weiss, beer stein in hand, the walkers waltzed through downtown Lindenberg. Each participant either paid 50 euros (US$66) or found a sponsor, raising 10,750 euros (US$14,200). The city of Lindenberg purchased a defibrillator for the Westallgäu medical group with the money raised. Another portion of the proceeds went to an animal shelter and an aid organization that provides disaster relief. 4 EUROPE SPAIN Lofty Fundraiser in Spain Andrea Aitchison had a happy landing. But for a dreadful moment or two as she fell through the sky she had her doubts. “I pulled right [on the parachute’s straps] and immediately went into a spin. It was sheer terror,” says Aitchison, who organized the skydiving fundraiser on behalf of the Jalon and Orba Lions Club in Spain. Aitchison righted herself and landed safely, as did her husband Stuart, also a Lion, and 18 others jumping for 15 charities. The temporary terror was worth it. The jump raised US$16,500. The plane carried the skydivers up to 12,000 feet, and they enjoyed a 5,000-foot free fall. The El Pinar Aerodrome in Castellon hosted the event. Most members of the Aitchisons’ Lions club are English expatriates. For these Lions, thrills are part of the Lions’ experience. The club previously sponsored a rappel off a steep cliff. (November 2001 LION). 5 SOUTH ASIA INDIA Serving Youths in India More than half of India’s 1.2 billion people are under the age of 25, and Lions in India are tireless champions of youth. Demonstrating that Lions are Knights of the Blind in Asia, too, Mysore Kuvempunagar Lions conduct an eye screening for schoolchildren (top). The Washim Lions Club holds a school dance competition to celebrate India’s Independence Day (center). Encouraged by the Gohana Dynamic Lions Club, students and staff at a local school take a pledge of peace on World Peace Day on Sept. 21 (left).
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