EBERHARD J. WIRFS 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Lions: Protectors of Children In Germany we call them Kinder. In Mexico we say los niños. In Korea it’s (ah-dong). And in the United States and Canada we refer to them as children. Whatever the nation, children are the world’s most precious resource. And throughout our 92-year history Lions have nurtured them, cared for them and protected them. We save them from blindness, keep them healthy, build them schools, teach them life skills, feed and clothe them, host them at camps, introduce them to other cultures and model service for them. Yes, we are Knights of the Blind. But we also are Protectors of Children. This special issue focusing on Lions and children is our holiday gift to you. Take pride in what Lions do for kids. You have helped make it possible. Your service makes it possible for the world’s children to grow up healthy with choices and opportunities. We know that life is a wonder of nature every time we see a baby, and whether we are parents, uncles and aunts, or community members who care deeply about others, we know that growing up healthy and well-adjusted is amazing in itself, especially in places of poverty and want. In October in Prague in the Czech Republic, where Lions World Sight Day was held, I attended numerous successful eye screenings among schoolchildren. But Lions are committed to helping children not just with their sight but also with their education and health care. Enjoy the holidays and begin the New Year with a continued resolve to bring our service to those most in need.
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