More than 225 Lions from across The Republic of Korea pledged a combined total of more than US$1.25 million for LCIF. The annual pledge was presented during a welcome reception and LCIF seminar on October 26th in honor of LCIF Chairperson Al Brandel’s visit.
While it is the Lions of Korea’s tradition to present a pledge of donation to LCIF each year when the LCIF Chairperson officially visits Korea, this pledge was more than three times the amount usually pledged. The exponential increase for the 2009-2010 pledge was due to their understanding of LCIF’s efforts now through 2012 to increase the annual donations received in order to fund more grants each year.
“The pledge is a great example of Lions generosity. Lions in Korea really understand how important LCIF is to Lions and how the foundation helps Lions help others. Thanks to Lions in Korea, Lions around the world will help that many more children and others who are in great need,” said Chairperson Al Brandel.
Past International President Dr. Tae-Sup Lee was also in attendance and said this donation was both a symbolic and literal example of the Lions of Korea’s ongoing dedication to support LCIF.
“The Korean Lions in attendance, many of them Lions leaders at the international, national and community level within Korea, are aware of the valuable aid LCIF provides and are encouraged to join the service of people in need,” said Dr. Tae-Sup Lee. “We hope that our fellow Lions around the world are also encouraged by LCIF’s ongoing efforts to provide relief for sight, youth, disaster and disability. As Lions, making a donation to LCIF is just one part of the service we want to provide to our local and global community throughout the year.”
The donor group of Lions included Past International President Dr. Tae-Sup Lee, International Directors Kwang-Soo Jang and Byeong-Deok Kim, Council Chairpersons, District Governors, Vice District Governors, Past Council Chairpersons, Past District Governors, Council/District Secretaries and Treasurers, LCIF Coordinators, Region Chairs, Zone Chairs, Club Presidents and District Office staff members from across the nation.
Lions Clubs International Foundation is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International, the largest service club organization in the world with 1.35 million members in 207 geographic areas and countries. LCIF was ranked by a Financial Times' study as the number one non-governmental organization with which to partner. Established in 1968, LCIF has been involved with blindness prevention and treatment for more than 15 years through the SightFirst program. Donations to LCIF can be made online at www.lcif.org/donate.