Once a year, through the International Leo Video Contest, we offer Leos the opportunity to showcase the impact they make within their communities. This year, we wanted to celebrate what it means to be a Leo, so we asked Leos to “show us your why” with the theme #WhyLeo. We were simply awestruck at the quality and creativity of the video submissions and how these young people’s passion for being a Leo shined through their fellowship and their service.
Of the 59 submissions from Leo clubs in 22 countries around the world, we’re delighted to announce that the winning Leo club is the El Kantaoui Leo Club from Tunisia. Their video will be shown at global Leo and Lion events, including the 103rd Lions Clubs International Convention in Singapore. They will also receive a $1,000 prize to use for their club’s future projects.
When asked what inspired them to make the video, El Kantaoui Leo Club Vice President Hamdi Chemkhi said that they wanted to leave their club’s mark on the world and show people what Leos were capable of. They were inspired by the power they had as teenagers to set examples for others and saw that they were able to encourage people to think of helping those in need. Club members plan to use the prize money for their service projects, including donating clothes and shoes to their local shelters and providing meals during Ramadan to the homeless.
We also want to extend congratulations to our second and third place winners, the Tucunduva Leo Club from Brazil and the Willemstad Leo Club from Curacao. View the top ten contest videos on the Lions YouTube page.
Sponsoring a Leo club is a great opportunity to mentor and empower young leaders while fostering a commitment to community service. Through these rewarding relationships, Lions will energize and inspire members and even increase their club’s visibility in the community, attracting potential members such as young professionals, students, parents and families.
Consider starting a Leo club today!
Melissa Nadeau is the senior youth programs specialist at Lions Clubs International and 2019-2020 president of the Chicago Windy City Lions Club.