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Lions from Jesmond, Australia help protect the environment at the Pambalong Nature Reserve, where they have planted more than 2,000 trees.

Lions from Jesmond, Australia help protect the environment at the Pambalong Nature Reserve, where they have planted more than 2,000 trees.

Centennial Service Challenge

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Touchstone Story #45

How does one celebrate a century of service? Through service itself!

For Lions Clubs International, the 100th anniversary in 2017 is a time to do even more. At the 2014 International Convention in Toronto, Canada, the Centennial Service Challenge presented Lions around the world with the goal to serve 100 million people by June 30, 2018.

The Centennial Service Challenge encourages Lions to focus their efforts around four key areas:

  • Engaging Our Youth, which includes sponsoring Leo Clubs, participating in the Youth Camp & Exchange Program, and organizing local Peace Poster Contests
  • Sharing the Vision, which includes conducting vision screenings, providing Braille and large-print books to a local library, and organizing sporting events for the blind and visually impaired.
  • Relieving the Hunger, which includes collecting food for food banks, delivering meals to the elderly or disabled, and supporting community garden projects
  • Protecting Our Environment, which includes recycling projects, building wells and latrines in communities in need and community cleanup campaigns

By July 15, 2015, just one year into the challenge, 46 million people had already benefited from Lions Centennial projects.

“Lions clubs are known for their efforts to save sight, but we do so much more,” said Joe Preston of Dewey, Arizona, who served as international president from 2014-15. “The Centennial Service Challenge highlights the important humanitarian work we do and our impact in communities around the world.”

With a century of service complete, the Centennial Service Challenge shows Lions’ commitment to serve even more. As the centennial theme states, “Where There’s a Need, There’s a Lion.”

The Paarl Lions of South Africa help fight hunger and protect the environment in their Bag-A-Burger project, where children learn about the environment, clean up litter and enjoy a burger.

The Paarl Lions of South Africa help fight hunger and protect the environment in their Bag-A-Burger project, where children learn about the environment, clean up litter and enjoy a burger.

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