Tomorrow marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. In 1970, John McConnell, the founder of Earth Day, decided that earthlings needed a day to celebrate the planet’s life and beauty. We couldn’t agree more. Although it may not be initially obvious, Lions Pride is a big supporter of Earth Day, but maybe not on the official holiday.
As we’re sure you already know, we work very closely with the Wisconsin Lions Camp. Each year with the help of our donors, in 2014 we were able to bring over 100 children with special needs from around the state to Lions Camp in Rosholt for a week of fun as the fund grows that number will increase each year.
The campers are able to experience the great outdoors at its finest. Their days are filled with swimming and boating on Lions Lake, aiming for the bull’s-eye in the archery range, spending time near the tops of trees on the climbing tower, zipping down the zip line, creating artistic masterpieces to take home and exploring the nature center.
We hope the children take home a new appreciation of our natural world and it influences the choices that they make. For instance, we hope that on a crisp, fall day that they choose to rake up a big pile of leaves to jump into rather than stay inside playing video games or in the spring we hope they will choose to help Mom or Dad plant vegetables in the garden rather than watching television.
Our world is an amazing gift and Earth Day reminds us to cherish the gift that is our world. How will you choose to celebrate the beauty of our planet?