JUNE 1ST HELEN KELLER DAY
June 1st – Hellen Keller Day
“I am your opportunity”
Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA, in 1880, Helen Keller developed a fever at 18 months of age that left her blind and deaf. With the help of an exceptional teacher she learned sign language and braille. A few years later, she learned to speak. As an adult she became a tireless advocate for people with disabilities.In 1925, she attended the Lions Clubs International Convention.
She said “The opportunity I bring to you, Lions, is this: … Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness
The Lions accepted her challenge and our work ever since has included sight programs aimed at preventable blindness. Today these are international and and since 1990 Lions Clubs across the world have raised over US$420M which has:
Saved the sight of more than 15 million children by providing eye screenings, glasses and other treatments through Sight for Kids.
Established or strengthened pediatric eye care centers that have helped more than 120 million children.
Helped halt the spread of trachoma in Ethiopia by providing 10 million doses of the sight-saving drug azithromycin annually.
Prevented serious vision loss for more than 30 million people worldwide. Improved eye care for 100 million people by training more than 650,000 eye care professionals and building 315 eye hospitals.
Distributed more than 147 million treatments for river blindness.
Provided nearly 8 million cataract surgeries.
Vaccinated 41 million children in Africa against measles – a leading cause of childhood blindness.
Established 18 Recycling spectacle centres worldwide.
Together with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, the Lions of this country, along with grants from the Lions Clubs International Foundation and the Lions of Ghana, a new Children’s Eye Hospital is now up and running. The skills of Moorfields provide teaching as well as surgeries, so that Korle Bu will become the best in Africa.
Here in the UK, people suffer sight loss too. It’s not just in developing countries.
Glaucoma , Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy & what about Macular Degeneration?
Our action here is to encourage those at risk to get their eyes checked, and we do this by providing leaflets and posters. Just contact us if you would like some.
Lions – Enhancing the lives of people worldwide.