As previously noted, there are more than 1.2 million Lions Club members worldwide and sight preservation is our primary focus. From local projects to worldwide campaigns, since 1990, Lions have raised more than $415 million dollars through our “Sight First” project and that money has been used for projects such as training more than 650,000 eye care professionals and building more than 315 eye hospitals. More than 100 million people now have access to improved eye care.
Lions’ sight projects have provided more than 8 million cataract surgeries, 10 million annual doses of the sight-saving drug azithromycin, distributed more than 147 million treatments for river blindness and vaccinated more than 14 million children against measles – a leading cause of childhood blindness.
There are many other such programs including saving the sight of more than 14 million children by providing eye screenings, glasses and other treatments through “Sight for Kids”.
Besides sight preservation, we also conduct non sight-related projects. More on that in the next blog. In the meantime, San Jose Host Lions will host our annual “St. Paddy’s Day Bash” on Sunday, March 18, beginning at 4:30 PM at the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center. It’s a great, fun event featuring Irish Step Dancers, a band, terrific Irish themed food and drink, wonderful raffle prizes and even a silent auction with really great items. Tickets are $30 per adult, $12 for kids 8-12 and free for kids under 8. You can contact Gayle Kludt as noted below, for tickets and/or additional information.
Until next time,
President, San Jose Host