Lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International Donating $500,000 to Relief Efforts in Philippines Oak Brook, IL, USA, Nov. 11, 2013 – Lions Clubs International has mobilized US$500,000 through its foundation for relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
On Friday, November 8th, as early reports of the destruction filtered in from hard hit areas of the Philippines, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) made US$130,000 available to Philippine Lions to provide immediate relief. That amount increased to US$500,000 through donations from Lions Clubs members in neighboring countries and around the world.
When the typhoon struck, LCIF Chairperson Wayne Madden was in Singapore attending a regional Lions leadership conference, which included Lions from the Philippines and other East Asian countries. Within one hour, attending Lions had raised US$370,000 earmarked for disaster relief in the Philippines.
“I am humbled by the generous support of our Lions,” said Chairperson Madden, of Auburn, Indiana. “We are now focused on mobilizing our relief efforts and working with local agencies to assess the greatest need in the short-term. Our motto is ‘we serve’ and that’s exactly what we intend to do for the people in the Philippines.”
More than 12,000 Lions members in the Philippines will work with government officials and other agencies to send food, water and other supplies to the disaster area. Lions will base their local support operations in Cebu.
Known for their work with the blind and visually impaired, Lions have also shown their ability to react to disasters by providing relief around the world where and when needed. Lions provided financial assistance and hands-on support for relief efforts following Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and the Oklahoma City tornado in May of 2013. In the last ten years, LCIF has provided more than US$100 million for disaster-relief programs worldwide.
Anyone wishing to contribute to disaster relief efforts may donate to LCIF’s disaster relief fund. For questions regarding donations, please contact LCIF at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 203-3836.
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