Haiti sends thanks to Lions

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 February 2010 | UPDATED: 12:50 10 June 2010

Lions Clubs International continue to respond to the Haiti Earthquake disaster. Through the generosity of our multiple districts, districts, clubs and individuals, more than US$2 million has been mobilised in the past month to ensure immediate needs are b

Lions Clubs International continue to respond to the Haiti Earthquake disaster.

Through the generosity of our multiple districts, districts, clubs and individuals, more than US$2 million has been mobilised in the past month to ensure immediate needs are being met and long-term reconstruction is top priority.

We provided immediate needs, including water, food and medical supplies. These were distributed by Haitian Lions and Leos to a hospital and orphanage. Lions Club International Foundation partnered with the Lions of Sweden to provide 200 large tents to house those who are now homelesss as well as relief workers.

Haitian Lions have established three tent cities in Delmas, Blanchard and Carrefour-Feuille neighbourhoods located in Port-au-Prince. Each tent city can accommodate 300 families of 1,200 people. Lions are focusing their immediate relief efforts to support and maintain these tent cities.

"Words of Thanks for Lions' Relief in Haiti: It has been a day of blessings - the Lions arrived to tell me our areas have been chosen to receive their aid, which includes well-formed tents, hot kitchen area, school in a box, dental and eye care.

"It is a real shot in the arm for us as I had begun to accept that our neighbourhood would have to move to one of the huge tent areas in order to obtain shelter and food.

"Since writing this, the initial boxes from Lions Clubs have arrived. I am glad the neighbours will soon have tents, hot food and everything else promised.

Sister Mary Finnick, Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Haiti."

Anyone still wishing to donate or make a further donation to the appeal can send them to me or the Lions Club President of Exmouth, Cynthia Hopkins, 16 Park Road, Exmouth

Lion Geoff Paver,

Budleigh Salterton Lions Club,

14 Clinton Close,

Budleigh Salterton.

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