YOUR GUIDE TO THE GREAT WORK WE’RE DOING AROUND THE WORLD FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS, THE CALICUT EAST LIONS CLUB IN INDIA HAS SUPPORTED A SCHOOL WITH UNIFORMS, BOOKS, CHAIRS AND DESKS. LIONS LED THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW SCHOOL BUILDING. Ho, Ho, Ho in Australia Gods do not answer letters, John Updike once noted about very accomplished, highly respected people. But the jolly man in the white beard and red suit, although quite busy at the North Pole especially in December, certainly does. How could Santa not respond to the children who adoringly write to him? That’s what Forest Lake Lions in Australia asked themselves. Each year as many as 120,000 Australian children write to Santa at the North Pole, according to the Australia Post. Since Santa is so busy, someone has to help process the letters and ensure a reply. The elves in the Forest Lake Club are up to the task. Being an elf is not easy but it’s not exactly hard either. Alison Lamb and other Lions get to read the children’s letters. “I always knew that you were real,” wrote Peter, 9, of Brisbane. He asked for a scooter because “all my friends have one.” He also requested a size-14 Melbourne Storm jersey “with the number 1 on the back.” But Peter did not push his luck: “If you want you can get me both, but you don’t have to.” Peter also remembered to ask Santa to bring his sister some puzzles and Legos. “I love you Santa,” he added. Eazther, 5, wants a Barbie doll and dresses. “I will wait for you on Xmas night,” she alerted Santa. Adrianna, 11, wants clothes, coloring books, toys and a bike. Maybe she felt that was a lot to ask for because she closed with “I will leave some cookies and milk for you.” Last year the Lions received letters from children whose homes in Brisbane were ravaged by floods. Thomas told Santa, “I want an Xbox 360 because during this year’s floods my Xbox 360 was taken away from me. From that moment I was unhappy and had nothing to play with.” In the past the Lions gave the children only letters from Santa but this year decided to include small gifts as well. “We expect to get many requests from families and children due to the decline in the economy,” says Hayley Grady, president. No elf worth his name could turn a cold eye to that. Carols by Candlelight Near Christmas each year since 1994 the Ramsgate Lions in South Africa have celebrated the season with song on a popular beach. Residents pack an amphitheater for Carols by Candlelight. The event is free, but many make a donation for the club’s charitable projects. THE MOMBASA BAHARI LIONS IN KENYA HELD A FIVE-DAY MEDICAL CAMP. APPROXIMATELY 1,200 PATIENTS RECEIVED HEALTH SCREENINGS AND DOCTORS PERFORMED 92 OPERATIONS. IN MALAYSIA, THE PERAK SILVER STATE, IPOH MANDARIN AND IPOH EVERGREEN LIONS CLUBS HELD AN ECO WEAR FASHION SHOW FEATURING RECYCLED MATERIAL CLOTHING. MACEDONIA DISTRICT 132 LIONS ARE WORKING TO REPLENISH TREES DESTROYED IN WILDFIRES BY PARTICIPATING IN THE SEMI-ANNUAL TREE DAY. MACEDONIANS HAVE PLANTED 37 MILLION TREES. Children’s Home Gets Makeover Lions in Switzerland worked so underprivileged children could play. Members of the Basel Dreiländereck Lions Club put in more than 800 hours improving indoor and outdoor spaces dedicated to play at the Basel Children’s Home. Members reconfigured an indoor area to provide separate spaces for watching movies, reading and “chill-out” corners. In the garden area Lions cleared away mounds of weeds and brush before making a “summer igloo” with tree branches. They also constructed a sturdy pingpong table. Supported by the club and other groups, the project cost 25,000 francs (US$23,000). Chartered in 2009, the Basel club has 22 members.
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