International Good Causes
Whilst Kington Lions is all about local (Kington and area) good causes, we also consider International disasters from time to time. Rarely do we give more than 10% of our annual donations to international causes, and we consider very carefully before we do. It is so easy to give, and much harder to ensure that the money is well-spent.
We have the advantage of being part of Lions Clubs International - a network of 45,000 clubs located in more than 200 countries around the world. When we do give internationally we ensure that the donation is made through local Lions Clubs on the ground where the problem is - people (volunteers) like us, who like to think that we have a better idea of what is needed locally than an international or national bureaucracy.
Kington Lions has decided to give support in 2010 to Lions Clubs in Haiti in order to help them do what they can to rebuild their shattered infrastructure and to relieve the suffering of their people after the devastating earthquake which hit the island on January 12th 2010. A cheque for £1,000 has been sent, which is a large sum for a club of our size.
Two Lions members in Haiti lost their lives during the earthquake, which really brings the natural disaster home to us.
Tsunami in Srilanka
The Kington Lions sent money to a Lions Club in Srilanka, shortly after the tsunami devastated their coastal areas in December 2004.
The funds paid for temporary shelters, many of which are still in use today. See this website
for an update.