The motto of every Lion is simply "We Serve". The Markham Lions are dedicated to serving our Markham community and the larger community throughout the world. Through various fund raising events and projects, the Markham Lions are able to provide funds to worthy projects as well as provide services in a non-monetary way. The following lists many of the Markham Lions service activities and major projects.
a) Community Service
This program allows people to donate their used eyeglasses so that people in developing countries can be fitted with a pair of eyeglasses.
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Eye-Glass Recycling Collection Stations
- Lions Vision Screening for Markham kindergarten children every year.
- Collect used eye-glasses for Third-World countries
- Support Lions CNIB Camp Joseph
- Major contributor to Lions International SightFirst projects to eradicate blindness throughout the world.
- Founding Member Organization
- Sponsored local archival project
- Markham Lions Club memorabilia room
- Heritage day & Applefest participant
- Provided major assistance in relocation of heritage church to Museum grounds
- Constructed band shell & outdoor shelter
Markham Stouffville Hospital
- Contributed over $185,000 to the hospital
- Purchased Hearing Centre equipment
- Purchased colonoscopes
- Organize annual Hip Hip Hooray BBQ
- Participate in annual Hospital Gala
- Display & promote organ donor program
- Lions Effective Speaking Program
- Lions Vision Screening for kindergarten children
- Lions Quest Life Skills Programs in schools
- Lions Peace Poster contest
- Support Girl Guides
- Support Youth Sports (i.e., sponsor minor hockey team etc.)
- Support youth educational tours
- Air Cadets-Community Service award
- Scholarships-Markham District and Brother Andre High Schools
York Regional Police
- Furnished & equipped Police Station Community Room
- Furnished & decorated Police Station Victims ' Room
- Support York Region Community Safety Village
- Major contributor to Markhaven n ew building project ( $50,000 )
- Annual support er of Markhaven's Grandma's Run fundraiser
- Contributed to mini-bus for Markhaven
- Contributed to the Covered Entrance Way at Thomson Court Sr. Apts.
- Installed cable TV at Thomson Court
Other Community Service Projects
- Spearheaded rebuilding of Morgan Park outdoor swimming pool
- Purchase d major equipment for Markham Centennial indoor pool
- Purchased car for C.N.I.B.
- Purchased a van for Participation House
- Markham Fair- constructed Welcome Booth
- Town of Markham -sponsored Accessibility Directory
- Town of Markham -Maintain Mount Joy Park
- Canadian Diabetes Association- Support Camp Huronda
- Support Evergreen Hospice
- Annual Lawn Bowling trophy
- Float in annual Santa Claus parade
- Assist with Salvation Army Christmas Kettles
- Community BBQs for schools & seniors
- Assist needy individuals & families
- Established Lions Friendship Arch
b) Lions Clubs International Projects
- Collect used eyeglasses & hearing aids
- Support Lions International Foundation for assistance to victims of world disasters
- Support Lions humanitarian world-wide projects
- Support Lion Camp Dorset dialysis camp
- Support Lions CNIB Camp Joseph
- Support Lions Diabetes programs
- Support Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guide School with annual sponsorship of DogGuide & recipient team
- 100% Lions Club re: Life Membership in Lions Foundation of Canada
- Support Lions Clubs Camp Kirk Foundation for children with learning disabilities
Support Lions SightFirst programs to eliminate preventable blindness & assist those with sight disabilities
It's a stark fact. By the time you finish reading this page,one child somewhere in the world will have gone blind. One goes blind every minute. Half-a-million will have lost their sight by the end of the year. Childhood blindness is only one part of the global vision crisis. If nothing is done, experts say that the world's blind population could double from 37 million to 74 million by 2020.
But Lions will not allow "nothing to be done." True to their commitment to be "knights of the blind," Lions launched Campaign SightFirst II to prevent this tragedy. In 2005, CSFII set out to raise at least US$150 million to continue and expand the extraordinary work of SightFirst, Lions' worldwide program to combat preventable blindness.
CSFII ended in July, 2008 with a total of $200,320,000 being raised to prevent blindness and restore the eyesight to almost 35 million people thoughout the world.
Since 1990, SightFirst has.
- Awarded US$211 million for 896 projects in 90 countries
- Prevented serious vision loss for 20 million
- Provided 80.5 million treatments for river blindness
- Restored sight to 7.3 million with cataracts
- Improved eye-care services for hundreds of millions
- Built or expanded 300 eye hospitals, clinics and wards
- Upgraded 337 eye centers with equipment
- Trained 345,000 ophthalmologists, ophthalmic nurses, other
professional eye-care workers and village health workers
- Provided management training for 115 facilities
- Launched world's first-ever initiative to combat childhood blindness in partnership with the World Health Organization.
- Thirty pediatric eye-care centers have been established and have strengthened or improved vision care for more than 71 million children.