YOUR GUIDE TO THE GREAT WORK WE’RE DOING AROUND THE WORLD Hike Brings Village Into 21st Century Located in a remote, wooded, mountainous area of Malaysia, Rejoi is known as the “village above the clouds.” After an arduous, five-hour hike there, Lion Derbe Tang prefers to call it “the village of never-ending steps.” Kuching, where Tang lives, is a modern city of 1 million. Rejoi is a rural, simple village with few modern conveniences. The people do have electricity, but the supply is so limited that when the schoolchildren turned on the computers given to them by the Lions all other devices run on electricity had to be turned off. Tang’s club, the Kuching Emerald New Century Lions, donated scores of items to schoolchildren in Rejoi including a diesel generator, three computers, 23 books, 22 English dictionaries, 15 paintbrushes, 10 watercolor sets, 10 scissors and 20 soccer shirts. Six porters helped carry the materials to the village over narrow, swaying bamboo bridges and up and down endless rocky hillsides. The donated goods, commonplace in Kuching, enabled the school to expand its scope and reach. The art materials led to art classes. The generator allows for classes at night. The color scanner/photocopier/printer means teachers can duplicate materials instead of forcing students to copy everything by hand. The technology also connected them to the wider world. Previously, because the distant trip to the nearest town was undertaken just once a week, a child had to wait a week if a birth certificate or other important document needed to be copied. Lions partnered with the Batik Boutique Hotel on the school project, which also involved a trip to Kuching for the schoolchildren. “For many it was their first visit to a city and a cinema, museum and beach,” says Tang, a lawyer who is a zone chairperson. “It was a really fun and educational experience for them.” Buy an Ornament, Save a Life The swirling snow, bitter cold and sudden avalanches of the Alpines in Switzerland have claimed many lives over the last century, but the Alpine Mountain Rescue team has saved 57 people, often despite perilous conditions and under spinetingling, TV movie-of-the-week circumstances. The Oberes Toggenburg Lions raise money for the rescue workers though a Christmas market in Lichensteig. The fundraising is not dramatic or heroic, but Lions take great pride in enabling others to save lives. Music Contest Offers Video Component Last year 40 talented youths gathered in Sicily for a Lions’ classical music competition. The Agrigento Chiaramonte Lions Club will sponsor the contest again this May, but this time competitors unable to travel to Italy also can enter a separate video contest. The purpose of the 2nd Lions IncontraArti Music Awards 2012 is to further the arts among youths. The video component is for classical and ethnic music. Videos, not to exceed 20 minutes, can be posted on YouTube. First prize for the video competition is 500 euros. The contest deadline is May 5. “We need Lions to support young musicians because music requires expenses that not all talented young people can afford. The instruments are expensive, the training is expensive and the extra classes are expensive,” says Lion Natalia Di Bartolo, a lyric opera singer, painter and theater critic. Her husband, Giuseppa Vella, was 2010-11 club president. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Race in Germany Makes Waves Rubber boats raced, cardboard boats earned raves and fun boats drew laughs. The Argenab Boat Regatta in Wangen, Germany, raised funds for the Wangen- Isny Lions Club and entertained hundreds of people. Among the 27 teams racing were the Old Town Rowers, the Swimming Roosters and the Hot Stones. Crossing the finish line first were the Herzmannser Sea Dogs, sailed by Olaf, Niclas and Wolfgang Mittmann. Twenty boats were made of cardboard, and drawing the most attention was one that featured a mini golf course. It took 300 hours to build the boat. “All right! It’s not sinking,” yelled exultant shipbuilder Freddy Keller. THE DAR ES SALAAM-MZIZIMA LIONS IN TANZANIA HELD A FREE HEALTH CHECKUP CLINIC FOR CHILDREN AT A HOSPITAL AS PART OF INTERNATIONAL DOCTOR’S DAY. THE UJJAIN UNIQUE LIONS CLUB IN INDIA CONDUCTED AN EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP ON CHILDHOOD OBESITY AND DIABETES FOR MORE THAN 800 STUDENTS. THE ST. VINCENT SOUTH LIONS ON THE ISLAND OF ST. VINCENT PROVIDED FUNDS FOR A TEENAGE GIRL WITH SPINAL MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY TO TRAVEL TO TRINIDAD TO RECEIVE MEDICAL CARE. IN THE BAHAMAS, THE FREEPORT LIONS DONATED A NEW WHEELCHAIR TO A PERSON IN NEED. THE SANTO DOMINGO ESPAILLAT LIONS CLUBAND DISTRICT R 1 LIONS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PARTICIPATED IN 27TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP.
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