YOUR GUIDE TO THE GREAT WORK WE’RE DOING AROUND THE WORLD ‘Knights of Light’ Prevent Burns One of the most severe threats facing poverty-stricken men, women and children in Sri Lanka comes from cheap, unsafe lamps. Popular but deadly, the lamps are easy to overturn and hundreds of people lose their lives from burns every year and thousands more are injured. Young children are especially vulnerable to the threat of lamps overturning and igniting. Burn care is costly and very often out of reach for the country’s poorest citizens. To eradicate this severe problem, Leo District 306 A1 sponsored a “Service First” camp that became one of the largest Leos have sponsored in the area. Members distributed 250 safety lamps and more than 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses on that single day. New equipment was donated to local schools as part of the district’s safety initiative. Purchasing and distributing safety lamps is an ongoing project for Leos in Sri Lanka. Leos, who call themselves “Knights of Light,” donated another 800 new lamps to 400 families who live without electricity. The new lamps have already saved hundreds of lives because they are better built and have a wider base to prevent tipping, says Leo Asitha Pinnaduwa. Definitely Walk, Don’t Run Hiking through the Manawatu Gorge in New Zealand offers breathtaking scenery, and Lions make the trek accessible and safe once a year. The Woodville Lions Club Track and Tunnel Walk takes hikers five miles on a railroad track over bridges, through tunnels and above spectacular vistas. The club arranges with the railroad to close the track for the day, and Lions and volunteers from the Woodville Fire Brigade are stationed along bridges and other key sections of the track to ensure the safety of walkers. Some bridges lack a proper walkway or handrails. The walk is staggered to prevent overcrowding. Waiting for walkers at the end of the route is a “sausage sizzler.” The 14th annual walk recently raised nearly $30,000 for Lions’ service projects. “It was great to see so many happy faces,” said Clive Boyden, walk organizer. “Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time and the Woodville Club raised substantial funds for cancer care and local community projects.”
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