Since our Centennial Year ended in June 2018 all Lions around the world have come together to support eight areas of need across the world. These areas present significant challenges to humanity and our organisation believes it is our chance to meet these challenges.
We serve to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve quality of life for those diagnosed.
Locally, we have held a number of Awareness Days to make the public aware of the dangers of diabetes
Lions work to prevent avoidable blindness and improve the quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired.
Locally, for over 30 years, we have collected thousands of pairs of old spectacles which are sorted and sent to those in need in the Third World. Those that are not fit for re-use are broken up and recycled. No part is wasted.
We also have provided financial support over the years to the weekly Tendring Talking Times for the visually impaired. Some of our members also assist with various tasks involved in producing this valuable communication even during the pandemic.
Lions and Sightsavers (formerly the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind) have been working together since 1972 and Clacton Lions having been making donations annually to the Lions Sight Savers Trust, a registered charity.
We serve to ensure all community members have access to nutritious foods.
Our Club regularly supports the many Foodbanks in the Tendring Area.
Lions serve to sustainably protect and restore our environment to improve the well-being of all communities.
In addition to old spectacles our Club, collects designer spectacle cases which are sold around the world to raise funds. We also collect old hearing aids for refurbishment and sending to the Third World plus unwanted mobile phones and used printer cartridges for recycling. These in turn benefit either our charitable funds or those of the East Anglian Children’s Hospices
We serve to help those affected by childhood cancer survive and thrive.
We support Childhood Cancer by the recycling of the mobile phones and printer cartridges which are given to the East Anglian Childrens’ Hospices to raise funds for their vital work with children with cancer. In the current fiscal year, we have also supported the Lions Brain Tumour Research Appeal.
Lions are committed to providing youth and young adults with opportunities to succeed. We operate a number of Youth Projects in the UK including Leo Clubs; ROAR – a project for schools to get involved in; Young Leaders in Service as well as our well established competitions – International Peace Poster Competition and Young Ambassador.
Our Club has been involved in the last two Competitions over many years with local youngsters winning on a number of occasions including a young artist who was one of 24 finalists out of 600,000 entrants in the Peace Poster Competition worldwide in 2018.
Lions take action in their communities, working face-to-face with the people they serve. Our International Foundation supports the wide variety of humanitarian efforts which are implemented and coordinated by Lions. They also give grants to increase their scale and effectiveness.
One of our most recent Humanitarian responses was to the war in Ukraine. This had specific focus on Displaced Persons and Refugees. We have been among the many Lions Clubs in the UK to respond to requests for funding to help those who have fled Ukraine. We have also supplied generators and other aid to the war zone
When disaster strikes, Lions respond. We provide funding to address preparedness and immediate needs that allow Lions and their partners to be among the first on the scene. This can be for the world’s most devastating hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and other disasters.
Our Club frequently makes donations to our Foundation to bolster specific Disaster Relief programmes or into the undesignated Disaster Relief Fund