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Lions Clubs Build 1,000th House with Habitat for Humanity Milestone House "Is Lionism at Its Best"

Twin Falls, Idaho (May 22, 2008) – Lions Clubs International Foundation and Habitat for Humanity International are celebrating the construction of the 1,000th house built together worldwide since the partnership between the two organizations began in 2000.  The house will be built in a week with Lion members, other local volunteers and Habitat for Humanity of the Magic Valley in south central Idaho. Construction will begin May 31, and a dedication is scheduled for June 6.

LCIF has pledged $12 million to Habitat for Humanity to build houses with individuals and families living with physical and mental disabilities.  Funding from LCIF and Lions members has enabled families in the United States, South Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, Romania, Canada, Belize, India, Hungary and Australia to have a simple, decent and healthy place in which to live.

"Lions have long been serving the needs of the less fortunate in their own communities and worldwide," said LCIF chairperson, Jimmy Ross. "Through this partnership, we have been able to help more than 1,000 families have a better quality of life."  

LCIF is contributing $22,500 to the project, and the local Twin Falls Lions Club will match that amount. Twenty-eight local contractors are donating their products and services to cover the remaining costs for the house, and others are providing lunches. "This is truly a community build," said Linda Fleming, executive director of HFH of the Magic Valley. "This is Habitat for Humanity at its best."

"We are delighted to celebrate with the Lions Clubs the 1,000th house they have built in partnership with Habitat groups around the world," said Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity International's chief executive officer.  "This is a remarkable milestone. The emphasis that the Lions Clubs have placed on serving those who are visually impaired or otherwise disabled has allowed us to reach out more effectively to families in need of shelter. We are so grateful for their support."

About Lions Clubs International Foundation
Lions Clubs International Foundation is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International, the largest service club organization in the world. The Foundation aids Lions in making a greater impact in their local communities, as well as around the world. LCIF was recently ranked the number one NGO in a Financial Times study. Through LCIF, Lions ease pain and suffering and bring healing and hope to people worldwide. For more information, visit  www.lcif.org.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.

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