Brockville/Gananoque – The Gananoque Lions Club is making the world a better place for many people, including those in their own region through a $5,000 donation to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF), earmarked for Ophthalmology at Brockville General Hospital (BGH).
This donation to Ophthalmology is very fitting. In 1925 Helen Keller challenged the Lions Clubs, who accepted, and are now known as the Knights of the Blind to provide, promote and support those with sight issues.
“We are giving $5,000, which is a result of a community being very supportive of our many efforts that we have,” said 1st Vice President Paul Robertson, a 40 year member.
Gananoque Lions Club has approximately 40 dedicated members who are active in answering community requests and lending their time to many humanitarian initiatives. In fact, the club just finished collecting, cleaning and forwarding 328 pairs of glasses to a third world country,” added Robertson. “We repurpose the glasses. As well, we tie into Lion Clubs International Fund (LCIF), our main headquarters out of Chicago.”
In 2013, through the LCIF, a fundraising goal of $30 million was announced to eradicate measles worldwide. Each application (shot) cost is $1 US and is a five year project. Funds raised by the Lions will be matched by the UK’s Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which was announced at the Lions Club’s 96th annual convention, in Hamburg, Germany.
According to Robertson, there are 1.4 million Lions member around the world.
“Our motto is We Serve and that pretty well says it,” added Robertson.
Please contact the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-345-4478 to donate.