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At our first dinner meeting in September, 2018, we had as our guest speaker one of our own - Lion Susan Dozois.  For all of her hard work involving the local Food Pantry, she received a Helen Keller Award from our club.  The statistics across Canada are staggering.  Thirteen percent of Canadians live in a state of food insecurity, which means they do not have reliable access to adequate amounts of safe, good quality, nutritious food.  The root cause of hunger in Canada is low to middle income, which consistently affects more than four million of us at any time.  Food banks are an important method of addressing this need.  Each month, over 850,000 people turn to food banks for help; more than one-third are children and youth.

This is the Number 1 area of service of all the 5 Service Areas, that Lions are being asked to assist with.  We have invited Lion Bev Wirta, Diabetes Chair for District A-1 to talk to us at the October Dinner meeting concerning this issue.  Diabetes is one of the most fast growing diseases in the world today.  It affects people of all races, income levels, and ages – even children.  Lions Clubs International Foundation is responding to this global epidemic by committing to help prevent diabetes and improve quality of life for those who have been diagnosed.  The World Health Organization estimates that over 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, a growing world epidemic that is expected to affect over 642 million by 2040.  People with diabetes are at risk of losing sight, as well as other complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, leg amputation and nerve damage.  With these statistics in mind, Lions are being asked  to promote  diabetes education and awareness throughout the year.  Do not forget to sign up for our Diabetes Day in Belle River on Saturday, October 13,2018 between 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at one of the following locations:  i) Foodland ii) Shopper’s Drug Mart or iii) Valu-Mart

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