This non-governmental organisation provides humanitarian aid and promotes world peace and understanding
The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, received a delegation from the Lions International organisation earlier this month headed up by the local district head of the Spanish Lions club Cristóbal Herrero García, and the president and zone chief of the Tenerife South Lions Club, Norman Goodall and Prakash Udhawani respectively. The reason for the meeting was to strengthen the relationship between the organisation and the council.
As well as discussing joint initiatives the group went to Costa Adeje to unveil a commemorative plaque which is a visual commitment by both to the work the Lions are so well known for around the world. The mayor said “with this symbolic act we highlight our commitment to people, to solidarity, to understanding. We understand that if we want to advance in the construction of world peace we need help, dialogue, empathy, values that are fundamental to the improvement of the quality of life for all”.
Lions International will celebrate their centenary in 2017, and during those one hundred years they have helped countless individuals in so many ways – in education, help for disabled, improvement of installations, community aid, sending money and people to assist at times of natural disasters, environmental protection programmes, attention to youth development, and a large etc.
The Lions are leaders at European level in fund raising for many worth causes, and in Adeje they have co-funded the Las Nieves children’s home with an almost complete overhaul and refurnishing of the house for children from non-functioning families. They have also helped extensively with the Asociación San Juan on many occasions.
Today one of their projects is the development and financing of grants for university students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to continue their education. “These are life-changing opportunities which don’t simply benefit an individual or their families but society in general,” said Cristóbal Herrero García and Norman Goodall.
The Lions International Club
In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones’ group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed.
After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organisational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the “Association of Lions Clubs,” and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved.
Within three years, Lions became an international organisation. Since then, they’ve earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. They are a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.
Today the Lions Clubs International network has grown to include over 200 countries and geographic areas. The local South Tenerife branch can be contacted via their webpage, http://tenerifesurlions.org/