Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. It’s a life-changing event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association.
Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA, in 1880, Helen Keller developed a fever at 18 months of age that left her blind and deaf. With the help of an exceptional teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan of the Perkins School for the Blind, Helen Keller learned sign language and braille. A few years later, she learned to speak. As an adult she became a tireless advocate for people with disabilities. And in 1925, she attended the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged Lions to become “Knights of the Blind in the crusade against darkness.”
In 2010 the Lions of District 49A pledged their support to the Blood Bank of Alaska to provide $30K in the next three years to refurbish its older Blood Mobile vehicle which needs mechanical repairs and upgrading of its blood collection equipment to current standards. This past weekend the Lions of District 49A met and exceeded that commitment by raising $30,650 for the new mobile unit in two years.
The Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Club is a service organization that helps many groups in the Chugiak-Eagle River Area. Our main mission is to provide community service and aid to anyone in need in our community. We accomplish this though the giving of our time, raising money through fundraising events and “hands on” service projects.
Assistance Dogs can come in many forms. While we have generally known assistance dogs to assist the blind, they can serve someone with some type of disability such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, Down syndrome; or even wounveterans.
As we roll into spring, one of the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Club’s causes is Hope Community Resources, Inc. The Lions have a long history of supporting Hope’s Walk & Roll for Hope. This year’s event is scheduled for May 4 at the Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage. Club members look forward each year participating in Walk. It is a chance for them to reconnect with Hope’s mission and the people who choose their support. This year is no different; the club will be out in full force to support Hope.
April is Lions International Leo Club Awareness Month. Spread the word about the Leo Club Program — work with your Leo clubs, advisors, districts, or multiple districts to organize a joint Leo-Lion community service project. Start a tree planning project, repair a playground or organize a recycling program.
The Eagle River Lions and Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Clubs welcomed more than 1,500 youth for the 2013 Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children dressed up in their new clothes accompanied by snow boots, as this year was definitely a traditional Easter in Alaska with so much snow still on the ground.
For the last four years, the Chugiak Lions have provided not only a fabulous Easter Dinner but also treats from the Easter Bunny for the families and soldiers in the Wounded Warriors Transition Unit at Fort Richardson.
The Eagle River Lions Club has held two gun shows annually for over 20 years. These fundraisers are a financial key to ensure the Eagle River Lions Community Hall can be made available at a reasonable nonprofit pr ice for the community.