Lions is an international organisation with 1.4 million members of our volunteer organisation in 206 countries and geographic areas. They are different in many ways, but share a core belief – community is what we make it. Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
Lions Clubs International Foundation funds a number of programs and initiatives to address humanitarian needs on a local and global scale, including preserving sight, combating disability, promoting health, serving youth and responding to natural disasters.Through the SightFirst program, Lions are upgrading and establishing eye health care systems in underserved areas worldwide. The program is having a significant impact on eliminating and controlling the leading causes of preventable blindness. Lions assist the disabled by constructing homes, providing vision screenings to Special Olympics athletes and working locally with programs for disabled. The Foundation also promotes health through increased awareness and numerous grants for clinics, hospitals and health programs. Youth has long been a priority of the Foundation and Lions alike. In addition to grants to build schools and sponsor youth camps. LCIF has been sponsoring the Lions Quest school-based, life-skills program for more than 25 years. Lions Clubs International Foundation
Lions International Blood Research Appeal (Libra)
LIBRA, the Lions International Blood Research Appeal, was conceived more than 30 years ago when, in 1976, the then District Governor Ian Scott Mackenzie of 105-SE was told of the urgent need for funding for the Haematology Unit at Kings College Hospital where invaluable research and treatment was being carried out in haemophilia, leukaemia and sickle cell disease. Fund-raising began, thanks in part to a rallying 'Cry for Help' in THE LION, which was then in the care of PDG Colin Durham. Essential equipment was purchased, a Charitable Trust was set up, and a close relationship, which exists to this day, developed between the Lions of 105-SE and the Haemotology Unit. As PID Colin Vincent put it, writing last year in THE LION: 'It is all a very long way from 30 years ago when the problem first came to the attention of DG Scott Mackenzie... the Lions of MD105 can be proud of the treatments and research which have benefited literally millions of suffering people across the world". VisitLions International Blood Research Appeal for further information.