The Lions meet for Social Change

By Souryaprokash Bhaduri

The Lions club has recently organised a bloggers meet. The International bloggers meet was an attempt to reach out to the mass and communicate the ideas, objectives and working of the 101 year-old organisation. GMT Lion Swati Goswami broadly clarified the focus this year will be issues like women empowerment, youth employment and education, drug awareness, blood donation, environment, diabetes, eye sight, etc. The District Governor KK Poddar, spoke about the initiatives and projects taken by the Lions Club.

2-300x206 The Lions meet for Social ChangeThe organisation is also planning to start hospitals, blood blanks, safari parks and diagnosis centres for the underprivileged. The first day of July would see a project named, ‘ Road divider’ hit the ground running where funds would be allocated to old-age homes for their upliftment. The, ‘Temple of service’ would attract the donors. Even the non-volunteers would be able to donate money. The issue of women’ empowerment was addressed by Sudha Jaiswal wherein she aimed at empowering a minimum of 50 per cent of women in the district. Under a project named, ‘‘Women Symposium’, Lions Club would provide four workshops on the empowerment of women.

‘Nanhi Pari’ is another innovative project where new born babies and their mothers would be provided with gift hampers. Apart from nursing and vocational training, Lions Club also has initiated a project named “Food for life’ where  50 elderly people are adopted and are looked after. This a weekly project which is conducted in the slum areas, old gage homes and orphanages. A project for increasing the planning of trees was also discussed upon by the speakers wherein they identified it to be a solution against the issue of global warming.

2-300x206 The Lions meet for Social ChangeThe next speaker, Arun Jain spoke on topics pertaining to the employment and education of the youth. He spoke about a project named, ‘Sight First’ where eye hospitals and vision centres would be set up which would provide services absolutely free of cost. To counter diabetes which is rampant among the people today, free check-up and treatment would be provided. A, ‘‘Peace Poster Contest’ is held and the winner is awarded at an international convention.  Five drug awareness campaigns have already been held.

Alok Khaitan, the past district governor spoke at length about the services provided by Lions Club which include the establishment of blood banks, hospitals and water projects. He emphasised on the role played by bloggers to garner support from the community on projects like these as they require a collective effort from the people at large to establish itself. He also stressed on the fact that the motto of Lions Club all across its 46000 branches in 210 countries remains the same, ‘Service’. The organisation also provides the youth with leadership opportunities so that they can turn out to be the difference-makers in the future.

Next in line were the Lions Club from the districts who came up with an unique and innovative project of their own. Lions Club of Priyadarshini has undertaken a project named,’ Jeev Daya,’ were they would look to protect animals from car accidents, acid attacks and being slaughtered. An NGO named, ‘People for Animal Shelter also has joined hamds with Lions Club to provide animals with medicine, shelter, and food.

Lions Club of Kankurgachi consisting of 325 members have done the ‘Muskan Project’ in September where elderly women of the district were given necessary items like umbrella, torch, mosquito net etc. Lions Club of Park Street has taken the initiative to make a library for the teachers-a concept which is novel and is unheard of. Lions Club of Prerna spoke about the importance of vision and thus their project,’ Sight For Kids.’

So, this year is going to more eventful year for Lions Clubs for wide variety of Social and Creative ideas for the welfare of the society in general and people in particular.