As at 14th September for this financial year the Lions of MD105 have sent
to Lions Clubs International Foundation for Pakistan - £51,879.78
($81,062.16) plus 105I €5,000 ($6,493.50) making a total of $87,555.66
Lions Clubs International Foundation is committed to aiding communities
affected by disasters, including the recent disaster in Pakistan. The
Foundation is providing US$120,000 to help Lions providing relief to their
communities, in addition to the designated donations from Lions worldwide.
More than 21 million people have been affected and displaced, representing
over eight percent of the country, and over 2,000 people are dead, following
the most damaging flooding in 80 years.
The World Health Organisation reported that ten million people were forced
to drink unsafe water. The Pakistani economy has been harmed by extensive
damage to infrastructure and crops. Structural damages are estimated to exceed
£2.5 billion, and wheat crop damages are estimated to be over £300 million.
Officials estimate the total economic impact to be as much as £30 billion.
Lions clubs from Karachi have provided food supplies and medicines and
helped the army with the distribution in the cities of Dadu and Nowshedra. The
Sialkot City Campus and Silkot Eden Lions journeyed some 1200 miles to deliver
blankets, food and water and to people in need.
Following an initiative by the Governor from Ireland (105I), Lion Terry
Mangan, pallets of water sterilizing tablets from the Irish company, Medentech
in Wexford, are being shipped via Dublin to Manchester Airport and flown free
of charge to Karachi by Pakistan International Airlines.
Clubs wishing to make donations to LCIF, designated for the Pakistan Flood
Appeal, should send them through the District Treasurer made, 'Lions Clubs
International District 105W' marked on the back 'Pakistan Flood Appeal'.
It should be noted that LCI Board policy states that designated funds are
not eligible for Melvin Jones Fellowship credit. Donors wishing to receive
Melvin Jones Fellowship credit may wish to consider instead making a donation
to the LCIF general fund. Undesignated donations for MJFs make up as much as
80 percent of the donations to the Foundation’s general fund, which supports
standard grants, emergency grants and major catastrophe grants.
Individuals who are tax payers may take advantage of gift-aided donations
to the Foundation. For details please contact your LCIF District Coordinator.
See more photographs at http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=pakistan&w=35907501%40N04#page=2
Geoff Leeder, LCIF Multiple District Coordinator.