Making the World a Better Place for Children
Every day, millions of children around the world miss out on the joy of childhood. Instead of playing with toys, they deal with poverty, malnutrition and disabilities. That's why Leo clubs take part in Spotlight on Children, the international service project of Leo club. Spotlight on Children projects give Leos the opportunity to enrich the lives of children by:
- Collecting food and clothes for local street children
- Repairing playgrounds
- Implementing after-school tutoring programs
- Visiting children in hospitals
- Raising funds for immunization programs
Through service activities like these, Leo clubs bring hope and laughter to needy children, especially on December 5, International Leo Day.
Local Community Service Projects
Leos also show their generosity and creativity via community service projects. Here are just a few examples of successful projects Leos have completed around the world.USA, its affiliates, Bermuda and the Bahamas
- Onekama Leos, Michigan, USA, planted 900 daffodil bulbs in an 80-acre public park.
- Members of the Albion Leo Club, Indiana, USA, scrubbed moss, mold and tree sap from 110 headstones in a local cemetery.
- The Calgary Millennium Leo Club, Alberta, Canada, sponsored a child in Romania.
- The Shilo and Area Leos, Manitoba, Canada, helped to paint the playground equipment at a local school.
Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America
- The Trujillo las Qunitanas Leos, Peru, distributed chocolates and sweet rolls to poor children.
- The Barva Leos, Costa Rica, dressed as clowns and entertained children at a local orphanage.
- Members of the Ferrara Leo Club, Italy, sold chocolates to raise funds for Special Olympics.
- The Leos of Monchengladbach, Germany, used a photo of a local school on their advent calendar. The windows and doors of the school photo opened to reveal vouchers from local sponsors. All proceeds were donated to the school.
Orient and Southeast Asia
- The Digos City Leos, Philippines, helped government healthcare workers provide 25,000 measles vaccines and distribute 17,600 Vitamin A tablets to local children.
- The Temasek Junior College Leos, Singapore, organized a beach clean up. Eight hundred students participated in the daylong event.
India, South Asia, Africa and the Middle East
- The Kathmandu Alliance Leos, Nepal, organized a tree planting on World Environment Day, June 5.
- In Bangladesh, the Dhaka Gandaria Leos organized a tree planting at a local secondary school.
Australia and the South Pacific
- The Leos of New Zealand sponsored a fashion show for young designers. The fashions featured recycled materials. Similarly, the Lions of Australia created a Trash2Fash event.
- Members of the Mooroolbark Leo Club, Australia, entered a vehicle in the Chariot for Charity race. The contest raised funds for a local children's hospital.