Lions Club of Siliguri Greater Femina celebrated the Worldwide Week of Service from 8th to 14th August, 2016. Conducted with the objective of spreading knowledge about health, hygiene, education, feeding the hungry and environmental awareness, the members had actively engaged service and monetary support throughout the period of the activity.
On Day 1 of the service week, the members were able to donate grocery items, including, rice, dal, pulses, fruits like bananas and mango and other grocery and hygiene items like soap, detergents, disinfectants etc. The District Governor Lion D. P. Ray was also present at the occasion and distributed the grocery items among the residents. Apart from him, the Cabinet Secretary, Cabinet Members, President Sukhdeep Kaur Barmi, Secretary Karuna Agarwal and Chairperson Asha Agarwal were also present along with other members of Lions club of Greater Femina.
150 people were served under the campaign, which was able to raise Rs. 3500.
On the second day, the members got together and distributed nutritious food to the hungry youth in and around NJP station area. Around 250 youth were fed delicious home cooked meals while also receiving tips on basic sanitation needs. Besides the youth, sweets, toys and balloons were also distributed among children.
The third day saw the members distributing food and grocery items among ladies and girl inmates of the Swami Shivanand Ashram, Matigara, where around 50 homeless youth of the Ashram had benefitted. The members were able to collect Rs. 3500 through this project.
On the fourth day, the members reached out to the 150 poor and needy patients and their families from the Sanjeevani Centre, which is a permanent homeo clinic run by the club. Apart from this, two chairs and umbrellas were distributed among patients and a dustbin was donated to the clinic. The project was able to raise Rs. 2200.
For the fifth day, the members got together to distribute food, sweets and fruit among 250 poor and needy youth and children at Nimbu Busty, Siliguri. All the youth and children were educated on basic hygiene and sanitation requirements.
Two projects were organized on Day 6 of the service week, 20 Lions got together and distributed milk, bread, fruit, steel plates, umbrellas, nutritious foods and sweets to around 25 individuals who were living on the streets. The project was able to raise Rs. 2500.
For the second project, the Lions conducted a health screening camp at the Nehru Primary School, Kelahatti, where all the students were screened. Members distributed school bags, towels, bowls, food items, chips and chocolates among the students, which also involved participation from among the teachers. The District Governor of Lions District 322F Dr. Lion D. P. Ray was also a part of the activity. The project was able to raise Rs. 12,000 and witnessed the participation of 21 Lions
The final project of the club created the most impact that being serving 800 people from the Siliguri Gurudwara at Sevoke Road, Siliguri, with nutritious meals. The project was able to raise Rs. 1500 and involved the participation of 15 Lions.
The service week was the perfect opportunity for Lions to unite and help support a category of underprivileged youth, women and children alike.
Community service is a humbling experience for all. It is even more impactful and far reaching when you have the support and belief from a larger group of dedicated individuals like those in Lions.
It is only when you reach out in service, that you realise the thousands who are still longing for some form of assistance.
Lions Club of Siliguri Greater Femina has pledged to continue to reach out to others and engage in various other service activities as well.