Alaska Rotarian Lends Lions a Hand

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 09:12
  • Rotarian Linda “Jay” Jackson (c) presents telescopic canes for the blind and visually impaired on behalf of Lions Clubs in Alaska in Katmandu, Nepal. At the celebration event District Governor DK Dhungana (c) and club president, Kiran Ram Ranjitkur (R) presented Jackson with a “Token of Love” Award recognizing her humanitarian service to the people of Nepal through the organization she founded, Helping Hand for Nepal. Photos courtesy of Walt Hayes

Linda “Jay” Jackson, an active member of Anchorage East Rotary Club made a special delivery of twelve telescopic canes for the blind and visually impaired – a gift from Lions in Alaska- at a celebration event in Katmandu, Nepal on February 9, 2016.

Jackson, a retired educator, has made annual trips to Nepal for the past 17 years and is the founder and director of Helping Hand for Nepal, an NG0 that has provided humanitarian assistance through a number of projects throughout the country in the areas of health, nutrition, sanitation, education and the needs of women and children. She has worked with Lions on a number of occasions in their vision screening efforts in the country and during 2001-2002 was a Fulbright fellow in Nepal. Her base of operations was the b p Koirala Lions Center for Ophthlamic Studies in Katmandu.

The event was sponsored by the Lions Club of Kathmandu Excellence and organized by Ramchandra Dahal, Charter President of the club and Past Secretary of District 325 B2 of Lions International. Lions are a dynamic presence in Nepal with some 15,000 members. This club is a “twin” club of the Anchorage Mt. McKinley Lions. Lions clubs throughout the world are encouraged to “twin” with a club in another country and to foster friendship though correspondence, contact at international conventions and whenever possible by personal visit.

The Mt. McKinley Club has now donated 36 telescopic canes over the past several years that have been distributed by Lions in Nepal. This delivery was a joint gift from Lions in District 49A of Alaska with a designated gift from their recent Mid-winter conference. Jackson observed “the Lions were thrilled to receive these quality canes for those in need. This type of cane, that is so readily available in the US is not sold in Nepal and cannot be imported through regular business channels.”

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