Name: Issac Abad Crespo, past district governor Member of: Quito Equinoccial, Ecuador Lion since: 1980 How did your district support LCIF while you were governor?We organized a car raffle to raise funds for Campaign SightFirst II in 2007-08. As an incentive, each club that sold a minimum of 100 tickets could name a Melvin Jones Fellow. In this way, even small clubs that had never awarded an MJF finally did. Through the raffle, we raised 32 MJFs and established Ecuador’s first Model Club. Who won the raffle? The drawing was held in May 2008 on national TV. The winner of the car was a 24-year-old student. He graciously accepted the car and then gave it to his father, a taxi driver. He explained that his father’s cab was overdue for replacement, but that he couldn’t afford a new one because he had just spent his savings caring for his own seriously ill father. The young man never thought he’d win; he bought the ticket because he wanted to give the gift of sight to two people. He was happy that the raffle also gave the gift of a better livelihood to his father. How did you feel about this outcome? “I think that many people are exhausted after their year as district governor. Although I worked very hard throughout that year, I saw so much goodness come out of that work, and had so much help, that I now feel more energized and more committed to Lionism than I ever felt before."
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