Lions Clubs International united global service around five areas of need – Global Causes
These ‘Global Causes’ present significant challenges to humanity and we will try to have an impact on them.
We serve to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve quality of life for those diagnosed.
We raise awareness of the health issues particularly during Diabetes Week U.K. using our Social Media pages. We will happily organise awareness days through the year
We serve to prevent avoidable blindness and improve quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired.
For many years Wisbech Lions Club has collected spectacles for recycling onwards to those in need in poorer areas of the world. Locally we have collection bins in Coakley Opticians (Wisbech and Long Sutton), Asda pharmacy, Vision Express in Tesco, Wisbech and now at AJ Coggles, Funeral Director in Wisbech and Downham Market. The spectacles only are sent by post to Chichester Lions in Sussex where further work and repairs enable glasses to be shipped abroad. This is a ‘signature activity’ for us. We have sent more than 17000 pairs of spectacles in recent years.
We serve to ensure all community members have access to nutritious foods.
For many years we have given funds to 50 Backpacks group to help feed those unfortunate enough to be rough sleepers. We have also set up a ‘Reverse Advent Box’ programme in November where members put a food item in a box for about one month. We have then transported about 20 boxes to the Wisbech Food Bank in the Baptist Church, just before Christmas. We have also funded a local restaurant delivering food to vulnerable people during lockdown.
We serve to sustainably protect and restore our environment to improve the well-being of all communities.
We raise awareness of environmental issues with online puzzles and book readings by local people on the subject of plastic waste. We also support organisations that ‘litter pick’ in the town. We share posts on Facebook that raise awareness of environmental issues.
We serve to help those affected by childhood cancer survive and thrive.
We support the Lions Clubs International Fund every year when disasters occur worldwide. The fund provides help to a local Lions Club where disaster struck. This worthwhile charity fund is available for public donations.
Every year Lions Clubs International set up a Peace Poster competition focussing on Peace. Open to children in Year 6, supported by their school, children are invited to submit a poster based on a theme. Each year posters are judged by Lions and a guest artist from Wisbech Art Club and winners receive a framed certificate and a voucher prize. Winners are then reviewed by our District with a possibility of becoming a world winner.
In July 2020, our Club twinned with Lions Club of Rye, Victoria, Australia. We have completed joint service activities despite the distance and have gained new Lion friends, some of whom have visited U.K.