Following last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Eberhard J. Wirfs, chairman of the Lions Club International Foundation, e-mailed this statement to club members:
"Lions, we respond immediately, alongside our fellow Lions of Japan. Within hours of the disaster, Lions Clubs International Foundation committed over $1.25 million [or ¥101.07 million] … for immediate relief for Japan. This includes a major catastrophe grant, six emergency grants and designated donations from Lions worldwide. We also established a designated fund for Lions to directly support this disaster."
Donations can be made to the Lions Relief fund at http://www.lcif.org/donate.
Other service clubs are reaching out to Japan, too.
Rotarians are being encouraged to contribute funds to the Rotary Foundation Rotary Japan and Pacific islands 2011 Disaster Recovery Fund, according to Roger McGonegal, past district 5320 governor and Newport Beach resident. Rotarians in affected areas will identify and determine how best to help these communities recover after initial disaster relief efforts are completed.