As Lions "We Serve". The Coboconk Lions Club has been actively serving their community for more than 65 years.
Lions are changing the world one community at a time, by addressing needs at home and around the globe.
Since Lions Clubs International was founded in 1917, Lions have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, to restore eyesight and to improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
Eighty percent of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured. The first step to prevention is awareness. The second is early detection through vision screening.
Indeed, sight is one of Lions defining causes. In the Spring of each year the Coboconk Lions, using vision testing equipment, screen and test all grade one students at Ridgewood Pubic School. Results of these tests are reported to the school staff and parents.
In addition, the Coboconk Lions Club participate in the Recycle for Sight Program by collecting and recycling used eyeglasses. We have three used eyeglass collection boxes and they are located in the Coboconk Medical Centre, the Coboconk Service Centre and the Norland Library. Everyone can help; please contribute and deposit your old eyeglasses in the eyeglass donation boxes. The Coboconk Lions Club collect more than 400 pair of used eyeglasses each year and we send these glasses to those needing eyeglasses in under served countries.
The Coboconk Lions Club also financially supports the CNIB camp located on Lake Joseph and the Seeing Eye Guide Dog Program.
Lions Clubs International Foundation’s SightFirst Program funds the efforts of Lions, nongovernmental organizations, government agencies and others to fight the major causes of preventable and reversible blindness. In addition, the SightFirst Program also provides services to persons who are blind or have a visual impairment. This is accomplished through the support of eye health care delivery systems, training and infrastructure development.
With a focus on building comprehensive and sustainable eye care systems, the SightFirst Program fights blindness and vision loss in under served communities around the world. The Program serves to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness. Since the Program began in 1990, SightFirst has helped save the sight of more than 30 million people worldwide.
The SightFirst Program helps Lions and their partners i.e. eye care professionsals, local health authorities, and other non-governmental organizations address the world’s leading causes of preventable or reversible blindness. The Program focuses on large-scale projects that address cataracts, trachoma, river blindness, diabetic retinopathy, and uncorrected refractive error.
The SightFirst Program serves as a leading member of VISION 2020, the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness.
Another important Lions worldwide initiative is hunger and health care.
Understanding how vital food obviously is; the Coboconk Lions Club support our local food bank and have in the past financially supported the milk and breakfast programs at Ridgewood Public School.
Lions support local and large-scale global health programs. The Coboconk Lions Club financially support Ross Memorial and Haliburton Hospitals. In addition, we support the Minden Emergency Medical Clinic and locally we support the Coboconk Medical Trust Association.
Consider joining the Coboconk Lions Club. As a member, you will join a local group of service-minded men and women who volunteer to support our community. You’ll also become a member of Lions Clubs International; a respected international organization and a friend to people in need.