Lions Club members have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, to restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Since 1990, Lions have raised $415 million through two SightFirst fundraising campaigns to help provide vision for all.
The Alachua Lions Club has successfully completed their $20,800 contribution over the past five years. Through the effort of Lions, over 15 million children have had their sight saved through eye screening, glasses and treatment through Sight for Kids; helped to eliminate the spread of trachoma in Ethiopia by providing 10 million doses of a sight-saving drug; improved eye care for 100 million people by training more than 650,000 people worldwide; distributed more than 147 million treatments for river blindness; provided 8 million cataract surgeries, and vaccinated 41 million children in Africa against measles --- a leading cause of childhood blindness.
Lions International has paired with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in eradicating measles in Africa where as many as 400 children die a day from measles. Through coordination efforts with various organizations, measles, river blindness and trachoma can be eradicated for $1 for each person treated. Past President Jimmy Carter, a Lion, has been instrumental in distributing the medicines to third world countries.
The Alachua Lions have been involved with the Alachua community since 1931. Even though the Alachua Lions have contributed $20,800 to the SightFirst campaign serving world-wide, their focus has always been for the Alachua community first.
Each year the Alachua Lions have provided eye screenings, eye glasses, eye surgeries, hearing aids, a college scholarship to a Santa Fe High School student, mentors to tutor at Alachua Elementary, Food 4 Kids of Alachua, recreation and team sport programs for youth, literacy programs, and many other projects for people in need.
The Alachua Lions Club has also proudly sponsored Boy Scout Troop 88 for over 75 years. The club has also sponsored cub scouts and has pledged to pay dues for any child who needs the assistance to belong to a scouting organization.
It is due to the continued support of the Alachua community in participating in the various fundraising activities through-out the year that the Alachua Lions Club is able to provide these services. All funds raised from the public must go back to help those in need.
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