It’s rightly said- “From small beginnings come great things”.
Lions of India are immensely proud for not only completing 60 years, but also for offering services to the community. Lionism in India is known for its enthusiastic participation and diligent services, and International Lion Dignitaries have often spoken laudably about Indian Lions.
Lions Club of Bombay (Host) was the first Lions Club to be chartered in India on 3rd of February, 1956 and celebrated its Diamond Jubilee on 3rd February, 2016. Lionism in India has enjoyed a glorious 60 years which were dedicated to service to humanity aimed at the betterment of the community as a whole.
The seed of Lionism in India was sown by Founder and Charter President Noshir Pundole. He brought the idea of Lionism from United States of America which later germinated into one of the biggest Lions Community in the world, today.
The ‘Charitable Clinic’ is the oldest project which was undertaken by Lions Club of Bombay (Host). Over the years, this project was not very active, but on the completion of 60 years, the project has been rejuvenated under the guidance of Lion. Parvez Bootwala, Chairperson, Health Services and Project.
The clinic was formally opened on 8th January, 2016 with the following departments: General Physicians, Clinical Pathology Department, Physiotherapy Department, Optometrist, and Dental Surgeon. The cost of services available start with a nominal fee of Rs. 20. The clinic aims to cater to all, but wishes to largely impact those individuals who belong to lower income strata.
The clinic being situated in the vicinity of various schools (private, municipal and government) it aims to benefit children from these schools. Apart from students the clinic also caters to general patients, physiotherapy patients and dental patients thereby serving people from every group. On the occasion of the Jubilee Celebrations, 200 students were screened free of cost. The children underwent general and dental screening along with eye checkups. Each student was given a deworming tab as a preventive measure to protect young children from stomach worms.
This clinic runs in association and partnership with Wockhardt Foundation. The Wockhardt Foundation is a seven year old NGO that mainly focuses on Health and Education.
As part of celebrations, the clinic was inaugurated by Nafisa Khorakiwala, Chairperson, Wockhardt Foundation and Lion Cawas Lalkaka, Senior Trustee, Lions Club of Bombay (Host). Also present were Guest of Honor District Governor Ravindra Kadel, First Vice District Governor, Armaity Cooper, and Second Vice District Governor Pradip Parekh.
After the inauguration, the special guests took a quick tour of the clinic and were given a brief on the working of the clinic. They interacted with doctors on duty and the children being screened as a part of health check-up camp. The doctors working for this charitable clinic were felicitated with flowers and a cake was cut by the Club President and Special Guest Nafisa Khorakiwala marking the 60th year of service.
What started with two Clubs, with about fifty Lions in 1956 February, as the 68th Country to embrace the Lionism, is today one of the largest Lions Community in the world.
Everyone should be proud of this progress and the achievements and continue to carry the progress into the future. The acorn has grown into an oak- and it’s up to every Lion member now to keep the tree of service growing perpetually to serve humanity and bring harmony to this world.