News - Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines Disaster

Lions Clubs provide life saving relief in Philippines

Spalding Lions is providing life saving relief for local communities affected by the disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Lions Clubs throughout the British Isles and Ireland have pledged £200,000 to send 1,000 Lifesaver water filtration systems providing up to 20 million litres of sterile water for drinking and medical use.

The local donations support the US $500,000  (over £310,000) pledged immediately by Lions Clubs within Southeast Asia and other global fund-raising activities.  This money will deliver vital on the ground relief through volunteer members of Lions Clubs in the Phillippines working closely with government officials and other agencies.  Lions Clubs in the area, including four in Cebu and one in the disaster epicentre of Tacloban, were already helping those affected by last month’s major earthquake in nearby Bohol, when the latest crisis occurred.

“Lions Clubs provide a global network that is able to give immediate practical and financial support when such disasters strike,” explains president of Spalding Lions Club, Elaine Mothers.  “Though our Lions Clubs International Foundation we maintain a disaster fund enabling the organisation to respond immediately with one hundred per cent of donations going direct to local relief efforts co-ordinated by Lions operating in affected communities.

“In addition, local fund-raising in Spalding area is going to provide the most basic of human needs, clean drinking water. Typhoon Haiyan has been called the worst storm to make landfall in recorded history, and its devastation is hard to imagine. As Lions, we not only help our local communities throughout the year, but are able to respond when relief is required in any local community.”

Lifesaver water filtration system
Each LifeSaver water filtration system can produce up to 20,000 litres of sterile water, making potentially contaminated sources safe to drink or use for medical purposes.  For more information see: www.lifesaversystems.com

Lions Clubs International has 1.35 million members in over 200 countries, making it the largest service club organisation in the world.It has 17,000 active members belonging to 900 Lions Clubs located throughout Great Britain and Ireland.  Each Club supports a range of projects in its local community, including health and youth initiatives.

In the last ten years, Lions Clubs International Foundation has over US £100 million for disaster relief programmes helping local communities impacted by natural disasters.  Financial and practical help was provided for those affected by the Oklahoma City tornado in May 2013, as well as Superstorm Sandy in 2012.  More than US $21 million was mobilised following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011.  Lions Clubs relief efforts are on-going in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake helping families move into new homes and improve healthcare.

Lions Clubs undertake hundreds of fund-raising activities in cities, towns and villages, with 100% of monies raised going direct to good causes.

In Europe alone Lions Clubs members volunteer almost 6 million hours of service, and raise £88 million annually to support the needs of local communities.