As the chairperson of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), I am pleased to share with you the wonderful results of our Foundation in 2012-13. I am incredibly proud of the impact our Foundation and Lions have had since LCIF was established in 1968. Your donations make everything possible. I am also proud of our record of transparency with donations and grants. Together, we save sight, support youth, meet humanitarian needs, assist people with disabilities and provide needed relief following disasters. Through this annual report, you can see how we change lives together. I send my congratulations to Past International President Wing-Kun Tam on a successful year as chairperson. As Lions continue humanitarian and community service each year, LCIF remains ready to assist. I look forward to sharing even more amazing accomplishments with you at the upcoming International Convention in Toronto. Sincerely, Wayne A. Madden LCIF Chairperson, Immediate Past International President “When I was chairperson, I had the honor of personally witnessing your support of our Foundation. You were there following the devastation of storms and disasters, celebrating our Sight for Kids program and other partnerships, supporting youth through Lions Quest programs at schools worldwide, meeting the Gates Foundation Measles Challenge and much more. Thank you for believing in LCIF. I promise to keep believing and continue giving to our Foundation for the rest of my life. I hope you will join me.” – Wing-Kun Tam Past International President, 2012-13 LCIF Chairperson Six Standout LCIF Stories 1. Focus on Living with Vision Impairment Edgardo and Luningning Dela Cruz of the Philippines felt lost after their son, Ervin, was diagnosed with a blinding eye disease. For eight years, Ervin remained isolated at home while his siblings attended school. But in March 2013 an educational specialist and teacher encouraged them to send Ervin back to school, where the classroom had been adapted and equipped for him. While Ervin was at school, his parents attended workshops to help them understand how to support their son and his education. After just three months, Ervin was learning alongside other children his age and walking outside with the help of a mobility cane and his father’s guidance. Less than five percent of visually-disabled children in the Philippines attend school. LCIF and SightFirst joined with Perkins to ensure that children like Ervin have the opportunity to attend school. A SightFirst grant provided funds to train teachers, equip classrooms, provide low vision care and facilitate parent support groups in Ervin’s community and across Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines. The partnership between Perkins, Parents Advocates for Visually Impaired Children, and Multiple District 301 Lions will increase the school enrollment of children who are visually impaired in Luzon by 20 percent. 2. Ten Years of Sight for Kids Like millions of children around the world, Yodying Lee of Bangkok was visually impaired. She had her first vision screening through Sight for Kids at age 7, and a serious eye condition was detected. Thanks to Sight for Kids, a partnership program of LCIF and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, she received surgery and rehab care at a hospital in Thailand. Today, she is a 15-year-old high school student and avid swimmer with improved self-confidence. Yodying is one of the 17 million children who have participated in Sight for Kids, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012. The program provides eye-health education, school-based visual screening and professional eye care referrals for underserved children across Asia. “We have had the privilege to work closely with LCIF for more than a decade through this partnership. While we have provided support, it is thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of Lions club volunteers that this program has been so very successful,” says Ian Davies, global head of professional education for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. 3. Picking up the Pieces in Oklahoma In May 2012, a massive tornado cut a destructive path through Moore, Oklahoma, and a 17-mile stretch of nearby towns. The tornado wreaked havoc, killing 24 people and damaging homes, businesses, schools and hospitals. LCIF immediately mobilized $700,000 in grants and designated donations to assist in the recovery. Oklahoma Lions traveled to the devastated areas to provide food, water and medicine. A Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit gave immediate help where it was needed most. Lions also helped clear debris. “You had houses upon houses upon houses that basically look like they’ve all been through a shredder,” recalls LeAnn Clark, a property manager in Moore. “I pulled up and there’s people cleaning up. I’m so grateful.” The LCIF Emergency Grant program and disaster relief fund provide immediate assistance to Lions and other partners engaged in disaster response. As community members, Lions are uniquely positioned to provide meaningful assistance following a natural disaster. They also remain invested in the recovery of their community long after immediate relief efforts have ended. 4. Vision and More for Special Olympics Athletes For more than 12 years, the LCIF-Special Olympics Opening Eyes program has partnered with Lions to offer vision screenings and provide glasses for athletes at Special Olympics events worldwide. In July 2013, a multiyear partnership expansion with Special Olympics International was announced. The expansion will increase health services, engage youth and encourage family support to benefit individuals with intellectual disabilities. Family health forums will help families overcome challenges while exploring ways to receive better, more inclusive access to health care, education and social services. “Before Special Olympics I didn’t have any meaning in my life and really didn’t have a life. I went through a lot of bullying and mistreatment,” says Ben Haack, a Special Olympics athlete and ambassador who spoke at the international convention last summer. “Special Olympics has given me and my family hope, support, respect and meaning. I have seen Lions Clubs help my fellow athletes, giving them eyeglasses and a chance to develop as an athlete and a person. I have seen them have fun together. That is the most important thing.” The LCI-Special Olympics Opening Eyes program relies on thousands of volunteer Lions, doctors, vision specialists and educators. More than 350,000 athletes have been screened to date, with prescription eyewear provided to 110,000 athletes. More than 40,000 volunteer eye care professionals and Lions worldwide have offered their time and talents. 5. Preventing Measles for Millions of Children If you could help save the lives of millions of children, wouldn’t you? LCIF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation set out to do just that in 2011. The Gates Foundation challenged Lions to raise $10 million for measles, but Lions exceeded that. Together, the two organizations mobilized a combined $15 million for the Measles & Rubella Initiative, helping LCIF partners vaccinate more than 200 million children. LCIF has now partnered with the GAVI Alliance to continue this important work. Lions will raise $30 million for measles and rubella by 2017. These funds will be matched by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and the Gates Foundation, bringing the total to $60 million. The GAVI-Lions Clubs partnership focuses on support of routine immunization and strengthening health systems to help prevent serious outbreaks of disease. By 2020, more than 700 million children in 49 countries are expected to be immunized against measles and rubella thanks to the GAVI Alliance and its partners including Lions. “GAVI is incredibly excited to be working with LCIF. To be able to team up with Lions clubs to immunize tens of millions of kids over the coming years against measles and rubella is just a wonderful prospect,” says David Ferreira, a managing director at the GAVI Alliance. 6. Lions Quest Encompasses A School District In Wood County, West Virginia, an entire school district adopted Lions Quest to create a more positive school climate for its 12,000 students. LCIF’s Lions Quest program teaches critical life skills that foster healthy attitudes, strong character and community service to students from kindergarten to grade 12. Funds from LCIF and a $100,000 grant from the NoVo Foundation made the three-year initiative in Wood County possible. In October 2012, Lions Quest held its largest-ever training session, hosting 280 teachers and 700 other personnel. The Lions Quest program will help the district meet state standards for student conduct and safety. “A school should be a warm and inviting place where students feel comfortable and free to learn. The Lions Quest grant will allow the Wood County School System to progress toward this goal,” says Superintendent Patrick Law. The children in Wood County are among 13 million children worldwide who have benefited from Lions Quest. More than 550,000 educators have been trained to implement the program in more than 85 countries. Financials In fiscal year 2012-13, Lions, their partners and friends generously donated $35.6 million to LCIF. The Foundation awarded 489 grants totaling $39,297,388. View the rest of the Foundation’s finances at www.lionmagazine.org. Thank you for believing in LCIF!
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