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Lions Message in a Bottle
Lions Clubs Message in a Bottle
Lions Clubs Message in a Bottle is a simple but effective way for people to keep their basic personal and medical details where they can be found in an emergency on a standard form and in a common location – the fridge.
Message in a Bottle (known within Lions as MIAB) helps emergency services personnel to save valuable time in identifying an individual very quickly and knowing if they have any allergies or take special medication.
Paramedics, police, fire-fighters and social services support this Lions life-saving initiative and know to look in the fridge when they see the Message in a Bottle stickers, supplied. The initiative provides peace of mind that prompt and appropriate medical assistance can be provided, and next of kin / emergency contacts can be notified.
How to obtain a Message in a Bottle
Members of the public and other organisations can obtain a Message in a Bottle kit by contacting their local Lions club
More than 6 million Message in a Bottle kits has been distributed by Lions Clubs International (MD105) British Isles to people with conditions such as diabetes, allergies, disabilities and life-threatening illnesses.
Clubs are able to provide Message in a Bottle within their local communities free of charge thanks to fund-raising and generous donations from the public and businesses. It is not just vulnerable people who benefit from Message in a Bottle. Anyone with health conditions could have an accident at home.
The Message in a Bottle kit includes a form, where personal and medical information is detailed. This is placed in the bottle (with its distinctive green branding), which is stored in the fridge. Two stickers are provided: one for the fridge door and the other for the inside of the front door of the premises.
A spare copy of the form can be downloaded in the following folder:
What is the cost of the bottles for ‘Message in a Bottle’
Kits are supplied by local clubs FREE of charge to members of the public, as well as to health centres, doctors’ surgeries, and chemists. Lions clubs may also work with organisations, such as Neighbourhood Watch, Age Concern, and housing associations, to make bottles widely available. These can be displayed to the public, for example, in white pre-printed boxes.
The cost to Lions clubs for the kits, along with details of packing and delivery charges are provided in the order form.
Message in a Bottle order form
Quantities of bottles can be ordered by Lions clubs and other organisations using the Message in a Bottle order form. This should be downloaded, completed, and sent to the Lions National Headquarters office at the address shown on the form.