Have you seen this year’s National Blood Week campaign? We’re helping promote it by removing the As, Os and Bs from our logo.
In the face of a 40% reduction in new blood donor volunteers in 2014 compared to a decade earlier, it is vital to attract an additional 204,000 new volunteers in 2015 for Wales and England alone.
The #MissingType campaign highlights the importance of every type of blood group to maintain the nation’s blood stocks at a safe level.
Promoting blood donation is one of our Lions Clubs International Centenary pledges ahead of our 100 year anniversary in 2017. Of course, many members are already registered as regular blood donors and it is really easy to find out if you’re eligible to donate, register or book an appointment. Just visit: http://www.blood.co.uk
In Lions, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy life, and helping those who do not enjoy the highest standard of health is the purpose of many projects we undertake.
For example, every year 30,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancer in the UK. The Lions International Blood Research Appeal, LIBRA, is the only charity in the world that solely raises funds for King’s College Hospital’s Haematology Department in London. For more information on LIBRA’s work and fund-raising challenges, visit: www.libralionscharity.org
Update on Lions International Eye Centre in Korle Bu, Ghana – one of the largest teaching hospitals in West Africa. Project set to bring vast improvement in sight services to the region. Call for clubs to fund medical equipment, give general donations, sponsor trainee ophthalmologists or contribute towards fund to help poorer patients access medicines and spectacles.
Click here to download latest Korle Bu newsletter: MLKBT Newsletter 1408 1 (August 2014)
Trustees of Lions Sight Savers campaign update new club presidents on the initiative.
- Over £3 million donated since Lions Sight Savers Trust formed in 1982
- 100% of donations go to projects managed by Sightsavers
- Sightsavers aim is to eliminate avoidable blindness and get equality for people with disabilities.
- £30 will fund one 20 minute cataract operation
- 314 million people are blind or visually impaired
- 75% of their conditions are avoidable or preventable
- 90% of world’s visually impaired people live in developing countries
Click here to download: Sight Savers Newsletter 2014
The CPISRA World Games will be held in Nottingham from 7-16 August 2015, with the majority of the competition taking place at the new Harvey Haddon Sports complex, with support from Nottingham City Council. CP Sport (http://www.cpsport.org) is the country’s leading national disability sports organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy reach their sporting potential.
Following the success of Lions members in supporting previous competitive disability games, you are invited to sign up as a volunteer for the 2015 CPISRA World Games. An application form can be found at http://www.cpsportvolunteering.co.uk – you will need to add your Club President or another Lions member as your first referee, with a friend (non-Lion) listed as your second. It is a requirement of the Games Organising Committee that all volunteers must be DBS checked and certified. If you are not already DBS cleared, please organise through your club or district vulnerable person officer.
Further details of what is involved, including any volunteer accommodation will be confirmed by Lion John Kyte as soon as possible.
The organisational skills of Lions Clubs members are widely recognised by those involved in competitive disability sports. For example, Lions Clubs International British Isles & Ireland was a key partner in the Family Programme at the 2013 Special Olympics Great Britain National Games in Bath, and provided volunteers for the English Federation of Disability Sports National Junior Athletics games at Warwick University in 2014.
Just ask any Lion who volunteered for these, and similar disability games, and you’re sure to receive a recommendation to get involved as a Games Starter for the 2015 CPISRA World Games.