LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
District 105 I (Ireland)
District Governor Marion Conneely
49 Magenta Hall, Santry, Dublin 9, Ireland
2016 Syrian Refugee Camps Humanitarian Aid Appeal
The little boy, Ahmed is 13 years old. Recently a chemical bomb landed 20 metres from him. He is now blind, his face is burnt, and he has shrapnel in his face and hands. Maimed and traumatised, he is one of the innocent victims forced to flee from home, and is now a refugee in neighbouring Lebanon, lucky to have escaped with his life – or the semblance of a life that he is now left with. There are thousands of Ahmeds in the camps. Many have hearing and sight problems because of bombing and most need psychological help to overcome the trauma that they have experienced.
Since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in 2011, over 250,000 people have lost their lives and almost half the population of 20 million have been forced into exile from their homes, their villages and cities, and turned into the largest body of refugees on the edge of Europe since World War II.
Approximately 5 million, half of them children, are in camps, in appalling conditions, in Jordan, the Lebanon and Turkey, and they desperately need humanitarian aid.
Lions are currently helping to integrate refugees in Northern Europe, and are providing assistance to migrants in the Balkans and Italy.
Lions Clubs International are planning a ‘Safe Centre’ in the Lebanon to service several refugee camps with basic health and education facilities, which are so badly needed.
Across our global network of 46,000 Lions Clubs and 1.3 million members we are appealing for financial contributions to enable us to tackle the refugee crisis at source. All funds collected go to the project with no administration costs.
Your support for this critical humanitarian project is critical to it’s success. Your local Lions Club is currently fundraising in the community and we would appreciate any donations received.
" The Middle East Refugee Crisis"
"The greatest humanitarian disaster that the United Nations has faced since it's foundation after World War II "
The refugee crisis created by war in the Middle East, Syria in particular, has created an enormous humanitarian aid problem that many Lions are concerned about.
Over the past months we have been communicating with LCIF. Lions in the MD and in Europe, evaluating the needs, and endeavouring to find a means of supporting solutions to the desperate humanitarian issues.
We are keeping in touch with Scandanavian Lions who are hoping to site a 'Care Centre' serving several Refugee Camps in the Lebanon with basic Health and Education facilities.
Lions in Ireland have in the past responded to appeals spontaneously and generously, particularly in times of natural disaster. The media reports of refugees fleeing the war torn region are tugging at the heart strings of every decent human being - it is intolerable that middle ages barbarism is inflicted on innocent men, women and children in the 21st century - starvation, bombing, exiled in winter conditions with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
Politicians are going to have to bring sanity to the madness that currently prevails. Lions can only help with the humanitarian needs of those afflicted by the surrounding tragedy.
We need your help, as never before, to maximise the funds for this appeal.
Please, please, organise and mobilise all your resources and make a difference, in the knowledge that every cent collected will go to help the refugees, without any administration expenses.
Enclosed with this correspondence are 3 attachments -
1. an order pad for support material for this appeal, with space on posters to highlight your event.
2. a letter from the District Governor, suitable for corporate appeals.
3. a Lions Appeal Poster design with a very strong message.
Samples will be available at Convention.
This crisis in the Middle East is so vast that it will take years to restore some kind of normality.
If you need any clarity on the issues, I will be glad to assist.
Yours in Lionism
PDG Terence Mangan
Lions Clubs International
2016 Syrian Refugee Camps Humanitarian Appeal
A4 x 25 Colour Posters (suitable for posting etc) €10
A4 x 25 Appeal Letters (corporate etc) Free
A5 x 100 Colour Flyers (street distribution) €5
A3 x 5 Colour Poster €5
A2 x 5 Colour Poster €15
A1 x 1 Colour Corriboard Signs on 5mm plastic €20
10 x Colour Stick-on Collection Box Labels €4
Suitable for Buckets, Jars, Boxes etc.
ALL PRICES PLUS 23% VAT
Lions Club: ______________________________
Address : ______________________________
Orders To : Terence Mangan
Ennis, Co Clare V95 AY6N