Subject: LCIF and Lions Make a Difference

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LCIF ChairpersonDear Lions,
So much has happened in the past month. I want to thank you for the immediacy of your response to the devastating typhoon in the Philippines. With LCIF's disaster relief fund, the Foundation was able to provide US$130,000 to the Lions of the Philippines instantly. And within less than one day, the Lions of OSEAL donated US$370,000 towards relief efforts while gathered at a forum in Singapore.
It took one day for our organization to mobilize US$500,000 for disaster relief in the Philippines. That is amazing. And, we continue to receive donations to LCIF for disaster relief. Thank you for your support. Every donation, no matter the size, provides help.
Our hearts go out to everyone in the Philippines. Being able to provide a meal, clean water and necessary medicine to those in need can make a huge difference. LCIF is able to help local Lions meet these immediate needs thanks to your donations. As the damage is assessed, Lions and LCIF will also assist with the long-term rebuilding of communities.
Lions are truly everywhere, and do everything when it comes to service. In the past month, I had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia with members of the GAVI Alliance to be a part of a lifesaving vaccination campaign. It was an inspirational event to be a part of. With our partners, we are making a real difference in areas that need vaccinations most. That is why we have committed to raising US$30 million for measles by 2017. Those funds will help save millions of lives.
Everything our Foundation does, it does for people in need. From measles vaccinations to disaster relief and everything in between, you are the reason why our Foundation is one of the most trusted foundations worldwide.
Wayne Madden
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
Addressing Diabetes through Core 4 Grants
Core 4 DiabetesLions are committed to improving health. With 347 million people in the world who are diabetic, Lions' work to prevent and reduce the impact of diabetes as a public health concern is more important than ever.
Diabetes is a chronic health disease. If undetected or untreated, diabetes can cause kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, and nerve damage, including diabetic retinopathy, which is damage to the eyes that can lead to blindness. It can even cause death.
Through the LCIF Core 4 Diabetes program, multi-year grants are awarded to large-scale Lions' efforts to support diabetes education, prevention and treatment programs. LCIF has supported Lions' diabetes initiatives in Turkey, France, Benin, Korea, the United States and many other countries.
Learn more about diabetes online from the World Health Organization.
MalTra Week
EthiopiaThe 100 millionth Carter Center-assisted dose of Zithromax © (trachoma medication) to be given in the Amhara region of Ethiopia was administered during the 11th Annual MalTra week this month. Focused on malaria and trachoma, this event highlights the long-term control and elimination efforts of The Carter Center, LCIF's SightFirst program, local Lions, the International Trachoma Initiative, and the Ethiopian government. Efforts to eliminate malaria and trachoma in Ethiopia are making progress through this collaborative effort, and through the donation of medication by Pfizer.
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