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Lions are ordinary men, women and young people from all walks of life who bridge religious, political, economic and social boundaries. They are united in their desire to make a difference by contributing their personal time and talents to help other people. Their motto is “We Serve”.
In New Zealand 10,600 members belong to 389 clubs in seven Districts. They are part of a worldwide network of 1.35 million Lions in 46,392 clubs in over 200 countries or regions.
They are community volunteers who roll up their sleeves to help young people, elderly, the ailing, the needy and their environment. In terms of their time on projects and money raised, it is estimated Lions contribute more than $100 million each year for charitable organisations here and in the Pacific.
The prestigious Financial Times in Britain voted Lions the world’s best “Non-Government Organisation” to work with. Lions have worked in partnership with the United Nations on various humanitarian projects since it was formed after the Second World War.
Since 1990 Lions have raised more than US$415,000,000 for its SightFirst programme which has saved the sight of millions of people worldwide.
8,000,000 cataract surgeries have been performed under this programme.
12,000,000 young people tackle youth issues such as drug abuse and violence through Lions Quest - a school-based life skills programme.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) grants more than US$2,000,000 each year to Lions to help with immediate and long-term relief to communities in the wake of disasters. The Christchurch earthquake is just one example.
4,000,000 children in nearly 100 countries have taken part in the International Peace Poster competition during the past 20 years.
US$729,000,000 has been given in grants by LCIF to fund more than 10,000 projects since 1968.
Since July 2011 Lions around the world have planted over 15,000,000 trees.