Abeliene Aquino & Paediatric Cancer

As Aberystwyth Lions Club,  Abeliene’s situation attracted our attention and also support from Fishguard and Goodwick Lions Club and personally from Lion David Hurst and Lion Morena Malbog of Gower and Llwchwr Estuary Lions Club. Abeliene Heather Aquino is a nine years old girl born on the 8th of May, 2010. On Valentines Day in 2012, she was diagnosed with Lymphocytic Leukaemia at a very tender age of one year and nine months. When we visited her this year, she requested from the Lion members of the Laoac United Lions Club in District 301-C, Northern Philippines, of which I was the Charter President, a birthday cake. Due to extreme poverty, apparently she never ever had a birthday cake before. Lions of the Laoac United Lions Club granted her wish.

Abeliene’s Birthday Cake

On the 3rd of July, 2019, Abeliene while in school, complained that everything seemed dark. Her father went to take her home, carrying her in the process. When they heard of her situation, Aberystwyth Lions Club asked  Laoac United Lions Club members to take her to an EENT (Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat) specialist. After a thorough examination of Abeliene, the doctor informed everyone that the nerves connected to her right eye supplying oxygen to the retina were severely damaged by the chemotherapy during her treatment for cancer. The parents informed everyone that it was at that moment they figured out why there were no tears coming from her right eye whenever she cried. The specialist doctor also informed the group that only 20% of her left eye was functioning.

Dr. Erwin Ulep carrying out an examination of Abeliene’s eyes.

The lions will be taking Abeliene to the eye specialist again to ascertain whether her left eye can be saved to provide her much needed sight. Although the NEED is so far away, over seven thousand miles away but Lions members here will try to raise funds for her ongoing medical treatment. The funds which will be sent to the Laoac United Lions Club to ensure they are used to help Abeliene.

Diabetes Awareness Days in Ross on Wye

Diabetes Awareness Stall in Ross on Wye

Ross on Wye Lions Club held their second stall (run by Diabetes UK Hereford) promoting Diabetes awareness in Ross Market Place. Organised by Lion David Ravenscroft, this is a Service Project of Ross Lions Club and part of a programme of Diabetes awareness events, the first of which was held in May.

Ross on Wye has a Carnival on the first Saturday of August. Ross Lions always have stalls, especially free games for children and once again a Punch and Judy visited. Alongside that fun there was the third Diabetes Awareness session and this time Ross Lions supported the Diabetes volunteers to make health assessments available free of charge.

Worcester Lions and the Street Café

Worcester Street Cafe

The day had gone like clockwork. The amount of food we had bought worked out to be portion perfect, we hadn’t burnt anything and the Lion that had lent their kitchen for the day was pleased we had left it pristine. None of that had made us in the least bit nervous but the evening would be a different matter altogether. As we approached the city centre we saw people making their way towards where we were making their way towards where we were heading. You couldn’t mistake them as let’s be honest, who else carries their entire life belongings with them as they amble along. Some we recognised as we had seen them in shop doorways, passed them by as we had gone about our busy lives.

Worcester Lions had offered to cook for The Worcester Street Café and it was too late to turn back. As we pulled up we sat and waited for the Street Café van to arrive. Do we get out? There were lots of people sat in the kerb, grouped around the doorways, milling around and some alone, quiet, keeping their heads downwards. We watched the two Lions in the car in front get out and they were instantly greeted by a group of men with smiles, handshakes and a hug. As we joined them we too were made to feel completely at ease, welcome and a realisation that we had made the right decision.

‘Think of service not as a duty but as a privilege’

It was a privilege to be a tiny part of this amazing community service. 40 people fed with a hot meal and dessert, clothes and sleeping bags were distributed by other volunteers, local coffee shops had sent their left overs and lunch bags for the following day were distributed.40 people! This is just Worcester, do you have something similar near you? Don’t think it’s not for you, give it a try and make that small difference today.

Diabetes Testing at the Worcester Show

Diabetes Testing Van at Gheluvelt Park, Worcester

Lions from Zone E Clubs  Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Kidderminster, Malvern Hills, Redditch and Worcester attended the Worcester Show on 9th August 2019 to offer free diabetes testing to members of the public.  With the help of a testing van and staff from Silver Star Diabetic Testing, the Lions were able to offer free tests to  84 people and, of those, 13 were referred to their GP.

BEWARE OF SCAMS!

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The goal of these types of scams is to trick people into revealing personal and financial information about themselves, which can then be used to commit identity theft.

Please note that Lions Clubs International – nor anyone purporting as a Lions Club or part of the Lions Clubs International Foundation – makes cold (unsolicited) calls asking for financial donations, nor do we contact anyone through their personal Facebook accounts asking for money.

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