By: Kristen Hegel
A proclamation made by the Mayor of Tega Cay names the week of September 26 as South Carolina Lions Sight and Hearing Conservation Week.
The state of South Carolina has more than 5,000 Lions Club members who are involved in sight and hearing conservation, aiding the blind and deaf and urging their communities to be more aware of sight and hearing issues.
The Lions Club is an international volunteer organization with roughly 45,000 clubs. Its size and effectiveness make the club known world-wide for being actively involved in communities. “We raise funds to support local, state, and national charities,” Dale Watts, former Lions Club President, stated. According to Watts, most of the club’s funds go to local charities; the left over 10 percent go to help and fund nationwide causes.
The SC Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit operation is helped by the Candy Days Donation Drive that helps fund eye exams, surgeries, eye glasses and hearing aids for people in need and an international youth exchange program. The donations raised also go to support two children’s camps. The annual Lions Candy Days donation drive will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Tega Cay. Mayor George Sheppard urges citizens to be generous during the conservation week so the annual Candy Days donation drive is a success and allows for the continuation of services to those in need. Watts explained, “Tega Cay is a very conservation-minded community.”
“It’s something that all citizens should participate in,” Watts, the 29 year club member, said. “We’re a service organization, and our motto is ‘we serve.’” The SC Lions Sight and Hearing Conservation Week will prompt the Lions’ World Sight Day, which will be held October 14. For more information, go to http://www.lionsclubs.org.