LCIF Lions SightFirst Campaign
In 1990 Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) launched Lions SightFirst , a major international program to combat avoidable blindness. Since that time SightFirst has:
LCIF Lions SightFirst II Campaign
Campaign SightFirst II successfully raised over US$200 million for LCIF’s SightFirst program. These funds will continue current SightFirst programs as well as expand and launch new SightFirst initiatives.
Lions launched Campaign SightFirst II in 2005. Experts predicted that the world’s blind population could double from 37 million to 74 million by 2020 if nothing was done, thus the urgent need to redouble SightFirst efforts. There are also a number of emerging eye diseases that are creating new threats to vision.
With a minimum goal of $150 million, Lions surpassed the goal, raising more than $200 million. These results were announced at the 2008 International Convention.
Distribution of funds raised:
Introducing the Lions Eye Health Program
The Lions Eye Health Program was launched in Australia as a pilot project in 2000. This initial trial, funded by LCIF as a SightFirst project was conducted in District 201V2 where it proved highly successful. More than two thirds of all clubs participated in the first twelve months. With further significant funding from SightFirst, the program was extended nationally in 2001. Since that time more than 60% of all Lions Clubs in Australia have undertaken some type of LEHP promotion . In May 2006 the MD National Convention endorsed a proposal for the Lions Eye Health Program - Australia to become a Multiple District Category B Project. This endorsement recognised the impact that LEHP has made in educating our community about avoidable vision loss and blindness. The program continues to operate as Category B Project and is funded by voluntary donations received from Lions and Lioness clubs across Australia.