Lions International

Lions Clubs International is the worlds largest service organisation with 1.35 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas representing more than 45,000 clubs around the world. The organisation has a strong committment to community service troughout the world. See for further information.

Our motto is “We Serve”.

Objectives of Lions International

  • To create and foster a spirit of understanding amoung the peoples of the world
  • To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship
  • To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
  • To unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding
  • To provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest, provided however that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
  • To encourage service minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward and to encourage effciency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavours.

Sight First Program

SightFirst is Lions International’s most ambitious and most successful initiative ever. Thanks to SightFirst, Lions have restored sight to 7.3 million people through cataract surgeries, prevented serious vision loss for 20 million people and improved eye care services for hundreds of millions.

SightFirst was launched by Lions in 1989 to battle preventable blindness. Sadly, 80 percent of the world’s blind were needlessly without sight. Through SightFirst, Lions have prevented blindness by supporting cataract surgeries, helping to build or expand eye hospitals and clinics, distributing sight-saving medication and training eye care professionals.

The SightFirst Campaign is a coordinated, global fund-raising effort involving all 1.35 million Lions in more than 45,000 clubs to raise US$150 million for the SightFirst program. It is conducted by Lions Clubs International Foundation, the grant-making arm of the International Association of Lions Clubs.

Since 1990, Lions have done more to prevent blindness and restore sight than in their previous 65 years as “knights of the blind.” In a decade-and-a-half, Lions have prevented severe vision loss or restored sight to 27 million people – more than the combined populations of New York and Tokyo.

Carrigaline & District Lions Club is proud to be associated with the SignFirst Campaign and contributes regularly to this international fund-raising effort.

Click here to learn more about SightFirst

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