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Lions Helping Earthquake Victims in Christchurch, New Zealand

February 24, 2011

Our disaster preparedness and relief programs enable Lions to help local communities when disaster strikes – like Tuesday’s earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. LCIF is providing relief for earthquake victims in New Zealand and local Lions are also reaching out to help their neighbors. The following story, from Past International Director Ron Luxton, shows how Lions are helping others following this disaster.

The devastating earthquake has seen an immediate response from local and international Lions. The rescue work is continuing in collapsed buildings. Most of the city is without power, water or waste facilities. Clean drinking water is a huge priority for the citizens.

District Governor Raewyn Clearwater reports that within 24 hours, she located and purchased a bulk supply of bottled drinking water. With the assistance of PDG Phillip Lynch and many local Lions, they have distributed bottles of drinking water throughout the city and suburbs.

DG Raewyn has mobilised many Lion volunteers and has contacted local radio stations who have broadcast exactly where the supplies of water are available. Raewyn is quoted as saying “the people were so very grateful to the Lions for the water that many of the residents wanted to help pay for the cost of the water and were very moved that, although affected themselves, the Lions were out helping the people of the city.”

The Lions clubs in Christchurch have all volunteered to join a roster which will see Lions out every day distributing more fresh drinking water. This is possible due to an immediate grant of US$10,000 from LCIF. A call this evening for 20 volunteers to help at the Civil Defence Welfare centres tomorrow has seen 34 Lions volunteer within a matter of a couple of hours – this is in addition to those distributing the water.

DG Raewyn and her cabinet have also made available $20,000 each to the Salvation Army and the City Mission to purchase food used in preparing meals for displaced persons at the Civil Defence Welfare Centres around the city. This will enable the Salvation Army and the City Mission to concentrate on the preparation and distribution of food and meals to those in need. DG Raewyn is very proud of the response of local Lions and extremely grateful for the support she has received from Lions around the world and from LCIF.

  1. tumuhimbise scovia permalink
    April 8, 2011 5:52 am

    Thanks very much for helping people that are different. I called scovi I come from Uganda in East Africa. I like helping also and when I have something, I can share with my friends easily. I come from a family where we stay with our mum because our dad died when we were still young. I am a student at Uganda Christian University Bishop Barham in East Africa. Thanks for the prayer you always have upon peoples lives to be successful. My request to you is to pray for me so that I can get tuition fees for my studies because I have failed to get my fees and I like my studies and in order to help other people as God will be my guider. May God bless you and I request you to keep on interacting with me.

  2. February 25, 2011 12:06 am

    Dear Sir,

    Please allow us this opportunity to introduce our new portal on Cyber crime at Recently due to the overwhelming rate of Cyber crimes and its influence on the intellectual use of computers and the Internet, Lions District 324E2, in its commitment towards its members and the cyber world community at large, launched the Lions Cyber Cell for preventing cyber crimes.

    We have been catering to various online activities of Lions District 324E2 since 2006. The district 324E2 was awarded the International Ginkgo award for maximum number of club web sites all over the world in the district portal designed and hosted by us.

    As the next venture, the district has introduced the Lions Cyber Cell as the global platform to fight against cyber crime under the able leadership of the District Chairperson Ln. Architect M R Pramod Kumar, who was the Ginkgo Award winning DC last year.

    We are providing a full fledged portal with a host of information on cyber crimes, cyber laws, news, viruses, discussion and reporting forums, precautionary measures, helpline numbers, security tips specializing in loss prevention and more. There would be informative bulletins provided for schools, colleges and other institutions involved with teaching and extension related to computers, Internet and information technology. Display systems at public transport systems, cinema, supermarkets would also be utilized to spread the message. The Cyber Cells attached with Police Department and government institutions would also be approached. All these services are provided free of cost for lions club members and the public at large.

    We are writing to you to ask for your support for participation in this program and launch the global movement through Lions Cyber Cell to fight against all malicious activities related to Cyber Crime. The work we do, with your support, will address the most pressing issues related to Cyber Crime these days: institutional as well as individual efforts. Please extend hands for this venture.

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

    Yours sincerely,

    Ln. Architect Pramod
    DC, Prevention of Cyber Crime

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