Vernon Lions Club
International Association of Lions Clubs, District D, Zone 1, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

Lions Causes...

As you browse this website, Lions around the world are donating millions of dollars to local community causes, and millions of hours of hands-on service. Internationally, Lions are dedicating themselves to eradicating preventable blindness, financing vocational training to help the underprivileged and disabled gain economic independence, and sponsoring drug awareness and education programs for youth. Lions International is one of the first organizations to come forward donations and aid to victims natural disasters.

One of our major international service commitments is SightFirst: Lions Conquering Blindness. Building upon the Lions long-standing tradition of aiding the blind and visually impaired, SightFirst was established in 1990. It is an aggressive global blindness prevention initiative. The program joins leading blindness prevention experts and organizations, governments and Lion volunteers in an effort to establish long-term solutions in eliminating preventable and reversible blindness. Worldwide, SightFirst projects are developed to fill the gaps between what is being done and what needs to be done by targeting the leading causes of blindness affecting large regional populations.

Another continuing major international activity of the association is youth programs that provide young people of the world with opportunities for achievement, learning, contribution and service, individually and collectively, through sponsorship of activities identified as best practices in the field of youth development. These programs include: Leo Club Program, Lions International Peace Poster Contest, Lions International Youth Camp Program, Lions International Youth Exchange Program and Lions Quest.

MD19 CARE ProjectOther major service activities of Lions Clubs International include:
- Hearing and speech action and work with the deaf
- Cultural and environmental services
- Diabetes programs
- International relations

Our Multiple District 19 also sponsors a CARE Project which runs for 2 years. We recently raised funds for Guatemala where exposure to contaminated drinking water and poor sanitation promotes the spread of diseases. The current project is Education Opportunities for Girls in the Cincha and Huaytara provinces of Peru. The goal is to raise $80,000 over two years.