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It’s time to open our eyes and really focus on the world around us. Help us celebrate World Sight Day on October 13, 2016.
World Sight Day is a day for organizations all over the globe to shine light on preventable blindness. 2016 is the fourth year of the World Health Organization Action Plan; this year’s Call to Action is “Stronger Together.” This year, IAPB is encouraging all participants to focus on all the stakeholders who are essential to successful eye care delivery such as doctors, schools, donors and more. After all, we are stronger when we work together.
You may have already noticed that World Sight Day falls right in the middle of Lions Worldwide Week of Service – this is no coincidence! You and your club have an excellent opportunity to save sight in your community while also participating in the Centennial Service Challenge.
We know, first-hand, that one of the biggest challenges of starting a service project is actually the decision of selecting which project to undertake. Below are a few project suggestion ideas from Lions Clubs International:
- Work with local eye care professionals to organize an eye health and safety presentation.
- Sponsor a Braille exhibit at your local library.
- Conduct vision and diabetes screenings for elderly persons at local residential living facilities.
- Provide local schools with assistive technology to help meet the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired.
- Organize a community “sight walk” to raise funds in support of Lions Pride or other organization.
- Arrange for a person with a guide dog to be a guest presenter at your club’s community event.
- Hold an educational event to promote diabetes awareness and related vision loss.
- Provide braille books to children and adults who are blind.
- Collect and send used eyeglasses to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center.
- Organize a community self-help group for persons who are blind/visually impaired.
No matter how you choose to serve, know that you are making a huge difference to the sight of your community. Don’t forget to use the hashtag, #lions100, if posting your service projects to social media!
On behalf of all of us at Lions Pride, we’d like to wish you a successful Worldwide Week of Service!