The Holderness Lions are hosting a Diabetes Screening session on Saturday 30th May from 10am – 2pm at the Alexandra Hall in Hedon. The event is billed as an opportunity to be screened for diabetes and also to meet the Lions.
The event above caught my eye in the Hull Daily Mail community announcements and prompted the question: Who/what are the Holderness Lions? A quick search on the internet provided the following information:
To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. Lions Mission Statement.
The first Lions were originally formed in the United States in 1917. The name “Lions” was chosen because the characteristics of that animal summed up the ideals of the organisation: strength, courage, fidelity and vital action. The words Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety may have originally been created for the acronym LIONS. However the organisation prides itself on working on a global basis and addressing challenges beyond national borders.
The Lions conduct a range of charitable and public service works across the planet. They support sight programmes through eye-care schemes and recycling glasses. They organise other health programmes including efforts to control and prevent diabetes. They organise specific youth, community and environmental work. They are also active in international aid efforts to relieve the effects of natural disasters including the recent earthquakes in Italy and the bush-fires in Australia.
Until yesterday I’d never really heard of the Lions – although was aware the group existed but assumed it was a sports social club! Yet through the power of the internet I have discovered a whole new international movement committed to the public good!
Related Information: Lions on Wikipedia