As you are all aware a strong earthquake has struck Turkey and Syria with a rising total of over 35,000 killed and many thousands injured or homeless. When a humanitarian crisis of this magnitude strikes the Lions are ready to help. The Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) is mobilizing funds, including a US$200,000 Major Catastrophe grant to empower Lions in Turkey and Syria to help their communities recover. The Bantry Bay Lions will be organizing a bucket collection as soon as a permit can be secured. All funds raised will be sent to the LCIF.
The Bantry Bay Lions have set up designated locations in the Bantry area where the general public can donate eyeglasses which are no longer needed so that someone else in a third world country can see. The club is requesting people to drop-off their unused eyeglasses during the month of March at the following locations:
Bantry General Hospital, inside the front door
Bantry Public Library
Kenneally Eye Centre, The Quays Bantry
Newtown Pharmacy, Glengarriff Road
Mellagh Valley Centre
Bantry Catholic Church
Once collected, the eyeglasses will be sent to a location in France where they will be refurbished and sent on to third world countries for distribution to those in need. Your help is appreciated in making this a successful undertaking. You can contact Lion Joan O’Donovan for any queries 086-0563185.
The Bantry Bay Lions donated €300 in January to the Sudbury School in Kealkil to help fund the establishment of a workshop.