THE LIONS CLUB OF LOBATSE
The Lions Club of Lobatse was chartered on 04 February 1968. It is the oldest club in Botswana and is a part of District 412 that constitutes four countries Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The club has carried on its service activities all these years and is continually growing in carrying out its mandate "We Serve".
The club now has a membership of twenty six (26) and celebrated its forty years of existence in 2008 and we were proud to have as our guest of honour Sam Burnett a Charter member of the club and his wife Anne Burnett.
The club carries out sight screening activities in the schools, Diabetes Screening and checking Blood pressure at health camps, Peace Poster contests, annual Christmas Cheer to patients in the hospital and is now in the process of constructing a shelter for destitutes. The members also participate in Fund raising walks that helps to fund the club's activities.
2011-2012 has been a very rewarding experience for the members of the club. Our activities made our presence felt in the community and the club's activities were mentioned in the local newspapers.
Our activities this year featured
- Three (3) Health camps where we distributed free reading glasses to th elderly,
- Distribution of Food Hampers to the Children's ward at the local Athlone Hospital on Christmas day
- Prize distribution to the winners of the local Peace Poster contest
- Donation of 80 blankets.
- A 10 Km Fund Raising walk by members.
- Ongoing monthly distribution of food to orphans who attend the Botswana Psycho Social Rehabilitation Centre
- Distribution of forty (40) solar lamps to a village that has no electricity.
The activities proved to be very successful and the rewards of doing community service has been greatly appreciated by members and the community. Lobatse is in the midst of winter and the donation of blankets to thirty (30) destitute families at the Local Town Council and to other destitute families has been a blessing and warmed not only our hearts but the lives of some children from the severe cold.
The club also received wide publicity in the newspapers for the health Camps that were conducted and even had a slot of about ten minutes on National television during the distribution of Solar lamps where the Minister for Energy was present.
The members are determined to continue with service to the community and hope to achieve greater heights under the able leadership of our new Club President Lion Justice Koskei.
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