Lions clubs mark their centenary
Lions Clubs throughout Ireland are welcoming 2017 with a celebration of the Centenary of the foundation of Lions International in 1917.
The 2,300 members of the 108 Lions Clubs in Ireland will join 1.35m Lions in 46,000 clubs spread across 200 countries in marking the centenary with programmes aimed to enhance lives through service. Lions has set a target of serving 100 million people through a Centennial Service Challenge which will focus on youth development, vision projects, hunger relief initiatives and environmental projects throughout the world.
In Ireland, Lions Clubs are raising funds for the breeding and training of guide and assistance dogs and 'Better Ireland Challenge' which will enable every organisation in the country to participate in a programme designed to make Ireland 'A Better Place to Life, Work and Play'. Other initiatives include a nation-wide diabetes screening programme, a senior citizens holiday in Trabolgan, carers respite weekends, a national food appeal, suicide awareness and anti-bullying programmes, among others.