Chileans Pull Out All the Stops CHILE–Five Lions clubs in central Chile gave a day of full service for those in need. They not only did vision screenings, provided eyeglasses and offered dental and foot care but also handed out food, dispensed legal aid, provided housing assistance and even set up a hair salon. The La Cisterna, La Florida, La South Florida, Puente Alto and La Calera clubs ran the event. Chile has 166 clubs with 2,828 Lions. Going Fishin’ for Funds NEW ZEALAND–Normally a sleepy town of 4,000, Whitianga hosts as many as 40,000 visitors during the tourist season. The travelers come for the pristine beaches, spectacular sunsets and, most of all, the unmatched deep sea fishing. But the town’s remoteness and simple lifestyle, while appealing, also meant that the inevitable injuries and accidents proved to be terribly inconvenient or more threatening than should be. So Lions led a drive to raise funds for an X-ray machine. In less than half a year $230,000 was generated not only for a machine with sophisticated digital technology but also for a building to house it and operating capital for the first year. Town leaders anticipate that the number of ambulance trips to a hospital in Hamilton 2.5 hours away or to Thames an hour away will be reduced by at least a dozen weekly. The 35-member club turned the town into a fundraising machine. The grocery store asked customers at the checkout line to toss in a dollar. Children sold cookies. The Mercury Bay Bowling Club kicked in $1,000, and the operator of a glass bottom boat tour donated his proceeds from a crowded tour. The Lionesses held a quilt show. The Lions? Capitalizing on the town’s chief allure, the club held a fish auction. They persuaded many participants in a big game fishing tournament to donate the blue marlins, kingfish and snappers they caught to an auction. The club was on a mission, as literally was one of its newest members, an American. A retired corporate lawyer from Salt Lake City, Richard Gordon went to Whitianga with his wife as a Mormon missionary. He became a Lion after noticing the impact the club had on the town since 1965. “I said, ‘I want to join these guys,’” he says. “This is a tiny town, and I have never seen a community come together to support a project the way this one has done to support this Lions club.” Italians Save Children from AIDS ZAMBIA–Years ago, Italians established a hospital for their countrymen who built a dam on the Zambezi River in southern Zambia near the border with Zimbabwe. In recent years Italian Lions have focused on the needs of Zambians in the region. Lions in District 108 IA3 constructed a hospital and three clinics, dug dozens of water wells, donated 20,000 new textbooks and even started a school of agriculture. The most recent project of Italian Lions there helped the most vulnerable and proved to be the most heartfelt and perhaps the most life-changing. Lions expanded a clinic to enable it to treat pregnant woman with HIV so that the virus is not transmitted to their children. Now only about 1 percent of the women with the virus who are treated pass it on to their children. Italy has 1,326 clubs and 43,000 Lions. The first club was the Milan Host Lions Club in 1951. Got to Hand It to Korean Lions KOREA–Lions in Korea like to take matters into their own hands–often performing hands-on service. Members of the New Nam Hae Lions Club (top) traveled to Kwandang village to do major repairs on the home and property of an impoverished family. Chung Seo (bottom) Lions chopped eight tons of firewood in advance of the cold and donated it to a welfare center.
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