Accra, Feb 28, GNA - The Lions Clubs International (LCI) has launched its centennial celebrations, in Accra, with an invitation to kind-hearted individuals to join them to provide relief for humanity.
Under the theme: “The more we are, the better we serve”, the LCI would inaugurate a number of projects to mark the celebration, while it organises a gala night to crown the celebrations.
Speaking at the launch of the celebration, Mrs Gloria Esi Lassey, the Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the Multiple District 403 Convention, said Ghana had been selected to host the Convention for the Multiple District, with about 1000 delegates from May 3rd to 7th 2017.
“MD 403 is made up of 29 countries in West Africa and some Islands in the Indian Ocean, “she explained. “Also participating is the leadership of LCI delegates from the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia.”
Mrs Lassey, who is also the Past District Governor of LCI, mentioned a welcoming cocktail, a parade of all delegations, plenary sessions, workshops, seminars and training sessions for Lions Officers, election of new leaders for the District and MD as some of the activities earmarked for the Centenary.
“However, the global celebration will take place in June, 2017 in Chicago, USA where it all began 100 years ago,” she added.
Mrs Lassey noted that as a prelude to the celebrations, the Committee had embarked on visits to media houses and briefed the hierarchy on the programmes and also explained to them what the Club represented.
“However, members of the Media Committee will be having discussions on both radio and television to let the public to know about the forthcoming programme, and also use the platform to educate the public on the joy in serving the needy,” she said.
In Ghana, the LCI Foundation has provided an imposing structure for an eye-care training centre with the support of the Moorfields Eye Hospital of the United Kingdom and the Ghana Government.
Additionally, the Ghana Lions of Tema has provided an eye-care centre at the Tema General Hospital while a Hearing and Assessment Centre has also been established at the Cape Coast School for the Deaf in the Central Region.
According to Mrs Lassey, the LCI is the largest global service organisation with the aim of empowering volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through the Lions clubs.
In 1968, the LCI Foundation was established to assist Lions with global and large scale local humanitarian projects.