YOUR GUIDE TO THE GREAT WORK WE’RE DOING AROUND THE WORLD Contest Salves Thirst for Service When the well is dry, we know the worth of water. Ben Franklin, the quintessential American, said that. But his sentiment is universal, and Leos from Sri Lanka posted that quote on their water poster contest website. The contest for Leos in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal drew 83 entries. The contest was held last year during World Water Week, Aug. 21-27. Thanks to Facebook and other digital tools, Leos from France, Argentina and other nations sent along messages of encouragement. Three winners were chosen in each country in two categories: computer design and hand drawn. Winners received certificates. Telethon Draws Viewers, Donations RTL is the most-watched German TV station, so German Lions were optimistic when RTL agreed to include a Lions’ project in Brazil during its 16th annual telethon. The Lions were not disappointed. The program raised 579,000 euros (US$760,000) from viewers for a center for blind and severely disabled children in Recife, Brazil. Even better, RTL matched that amount, and the German government kicked in nearly the same amount. Understanding the leveraged value of any contribution, Lions clubs from Germany had made about 300 of the 1,600 donations from viewers for the children’s center. The telethon also provided Lions with unprecedented exposure in Germany. The charitable initiative began with the popular midday news magazine show, “Punkt 12,” on which Past Council Chair Dr. Jörg-Michael Kimmig discussed Lions’ service. Says Wolfram Kons, the charity event coordinator who traveled beforehand to Brazil to learn about the Lions’ children’s center, “I experienced firsthand how committed the Lions are to improving children’s lives in Brazil, and I am impressed how powerful the Lions in Germany are.” Australian Lions To the Rescue Situated on a picturesque stretch of coastline 90 minutes by car from Sydney, Australia, Caves Beach draws legions of swimmers, surfers and kite surfers. They’ve been protected from harm since 1929 by the Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club. No life has ever been lost at Caves Beach while members have been on patrol. Swansea Lions want to keep that sterling safety record intact. Assisted by the Australian Lions Foundation, the club donated $12,000 (US$13,000) to the beach club for a new rescue boat. The club was making do with a 15-year-old vessel that needed constant repair.
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