Keith Ogley battles the elements in Upper Teesdale. ENGLAND Walking One Thousand Miles at Age 72 After his wife died at age 57, Keith Ogley knew he had to raise money for the hospice where she stayed. “I was told to,” he says. His wife made her wishes clear to him before she died. Joan Ogley had belonged to a social club that raised funds for Cransley Hospice in Kettering, so she understood its value. Then, unfortunately, when she got cancer, she learned firsthand of its comforting ways. “She was able to live in comfort and dignity,” says Ogley, a member of the Kettering & District Lions Club. “She, myself and my daughters and granddaughter were treated, throughout this terrible time, with care and compassion.” Ogley slept in this “hobbit house” in Glencoe. Ogley did a short walk to raise funds for the hospice six months after she died in 2004 and another one six years later. But more than a decade after she died, after he had become a Lion and had turned 71, he decided to up the ante and hike from Land’s End in the southwest to John O’ Groats in the northeast, the furthest possible distance in Great Britain. His plan drew “a fairly high level of resistance” from friends concerned about his health. Some were less delicate about their objections. “They told me it was a hare-brained scheme that had no chance of success.” In decent shape, Ogley did practice walks near his home. Using guide books, he hunkered down in a pub to plan his route. He plotted a course that for the most part avoided roads and relied on long paths. He secured pledges. Then he set off, supported by friends, family and Lions. The hike was arduous. Ogley scrambled over rocks. He negotiated innumerable hill paths, long and steep. He withstood heavy rains— “good old British summer.” His rucksack bore his club banner and a sign about his fundraising. Once, stopping to chat with students on a school outing, the teenagers reached into their pockets and dropped coins in his tin can. On another day a woman abruptly stopped her car after she drove past him, chased him on foot and made a $13 donation. Lions in towns he passed did their part. They often provided meals and lodging. Ogley attended club meetings and celebrated his birthday with the Morpeth and Teessdale clubs. In 82 days Ogley covered 1,132 miles and raised $14,700. When he reached John O’Groats he saw in the distance a crowd of children—no doubt sons and daughters of cyclists who complete the ride across the island. But, no, he knew them. “They were my grandchildren—with their parents—to celebrate the end of my walk,” he says proudly. SWITZERLAND Cookies, Cookies and More Cookies Members of the all-male Bundner Herrschaft Lions Club in Switzerland have no qualms about donning aprons and baking cookies. Especially when it comes to Christmas cookies, made to help the club’s many causes. Lions Lieni Kunz (from left), Victor Zindel and Christian Niederer bake holiday cookies Thirty-five of the club’s 43 members partnered with a catering company to make 72 kilograms (160 pounds) of decorative cookies. The Lions packaged the treats in attractive bags and sold them at Christmas events in the region. The cookies brought in more than 8,400 francs (US$8,500). JAPAN Atomic Bomb Victims Remembered by Clubs Heads bowed in prayer last Aug. 6, Lions and others observed a moment of silence at a memorial in Uwajima City. Since 2008, when Uwajima City Lions erected a monument to the atomic bomb victims, the club has held the annual remembrance on the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Uwajima, heavily destroyed by conventional bombs during World War II, is 175 miles from Hiroshima. But throughout Japan are peace monuments recalling the war. Uwajima Lions say their monument and annual ceremony are meant to pass on the stories of survivors and promote peace and understanding. Uwajima City Lions erected the memorial on the occasion of its 50th charter anniversary. Inside the memorial is a “peace flame,” originally part of the burning rubble of the Hiroshima bombing. The flame in Uwajima was drawn from the “eternal flame” memorializing the bombing in Yame City. A Dutch ex-pat artist living in Uwajima, Kees Ouwens, created the Lions’ monument. He taught local schoolchildren how to use a chisel, and they helped him shape the marker. Lions remember the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. A more well-known memorial is the Peace Clock Tower in Hiroshima, completed in 1967 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Hiroshima Rijo Lions Club. Designed by a club member, the tower is made from three twisting iron pillars with a clock on top that chimes at 8:15 in the morning, the time of the bombing. The memorial’s epigraph says, in part, “Uniting the wide world with one heart, the role of Lions club members in establishing peace is big. … The chime of the clock tower … calls out to the world for ‘no more Hiroshimas,’ and we pray that the day for lasting peace may soon come to mankind.” INDONESIA Kids with Cancer Get a Boost Children with cancer from poor families being treated at a hospital in Bandung have an ally: the Bandung Ceria Lions Club. Members visit the children to cheer them up and provide food and toiletries to family members staying for free in housing nearby. President Janny Susanty Kosasih visits a child with cancer at Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, Indonesia. Aware of the emotional toll on families, the Lions visit the young patients and their parents “to support and comfort through consolation, attention, conversation and discussion,” says Janny Susanty Kosasih, president. “By serving and sharing, we come to realize we are so lucky.” Nineteen Lions assisted 125 patients and their families in a recent period. Bandung, the capital of Indonesia’s West Java province, has a population of 2. 4 million. Chartered in 1993, the Bandung Ceria Lions Club has 73 members.
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