History of Lions Club Sliema

Lions Club Sliema was chartered in 1974 and was sponsored by Lions Club Malta (Host).

The Club is one of several Maltese Clubs which fall under the umbrella of Lions Clubs International.

Lions Club International is considered to be the World’s largest Philanthropic Organisation with 47,000 Clubs distributed in over 200+ countries and geographic areas with a total of 1.4 million Lion members around the world.

Lions are groups of service-minded men and women who are interested in improving their communities. To become a Lion is to become an active volunteer, a member of a respected international organization as a leader in the community and a friend to people in need.

Projects are aimed towards a number of philanthropic causes ranging from humanitarian needs such as raising funds for a guide dog  to support of the Arts such as the international Peace Poster Competition.  This is achieved by the number of members serving as volunteers to reach the club’s aims.

Lions Club Sliema membership continues to increase and today the club has a healthy membership of over 50 members.  Membership is by invitation, contact may be made here or on the club’s facebook page

Meetings, which are well attended, are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.  During the 3rd Wednesday meeting guest speakers are invited to address Club members on various subjects of interest.

Since 1974, the Club has been involved in various donations, both in funds and in kind, to various institutions and good causes.

Lions Club Sliema is proud to have undertaken the restoration of the Frescoes at Sant’Agatha Catacombs in Rabat.  This was a National Project of utmost importance and extraordinary cost. These Frescoes date back to the 12th Century and due to their great historical value are a valuable restoration which attract local and foreign visitors.

In 2010 Lions Club Sliema embarked on a National Library Book restoration project.  More information can be found here .

In collaboration with the Sliema Local Council, Lions Club Sliema embarked on a project to restore the various Statues and Alcoves in the Streets of Sliema. There are over 54 alcoves in Sliema alone, and Lions Club Sliema is proud to have participated in the restoration of 15 of these statutes and alcoves.   After our involvement, the project was shelved due to financial restrictions. In later years, another effort was made and two further alcoves were restored, namely the statues of St. Dominic and Our Lady in St. Lawrence Street.  Many more alcoves need restoration but these are held in abeyance of funding.

It is not possible to mention all the projects undertaken by the Club since its inception but Lions Club Sliema contributes regularly towards many initiatives some originating from Lions Clubs International.  These give prominence to international disasters such as tsunamis, and earthquakes devastating people’s homes and lives all over the world. At local level Lions Club Sliema also supports many initiatives at Old People’s Homes, Children’s Homes, Various shelters and food banks with funds and hampers collected during our Fund-Raising Activities.

Another initiative in collaboration with Lions International is encouraging schools with youths of certain ages to participate in the worldwide annual Peace Poster Competition.  This tackles a particular theme for the year involved.  More information can be found here

Lions Worldwide are known as “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness”. In our work to improve sight we

  • Recycle used sight glasses,
  • Support Eye Banks to provide eye tissue for sight-saving surgeries,
  • Supply equipment to screen the vision of thousands of people every year
  • Raise donations through our Sightfirst and Campaign Sightfirst II.

To attain these goals the Club has contributed towards the establishment of an Eye Bank at Mater Dei Hospital and Eye Screening Equipment at 6 Health Centres in Malta and Gozo for the early detection of Glaucoma.  Used sight glasses are also collected and sent to third world countries.  Lions Club Sliema, with the generous contribution through many benefactors, have exported these used sight glasses, on numerous occasions.  Collection boxes are currently found at the Sliema Local Council and Vision Opticians who have outlets around Malta and Gozo.

Lions Club Sliema is also proud to have originated the Organ Donation campaign in Malta.  Although this project was difficult to achieve, its success is today felt by many and in its first year 15,000 people registered as donors. Organs are generally transplanted on Maltese patients but some of the organs are donated to other countries. This campaign is ongoing and anyone interested can register here

Lions Club Sliema is also committed to supporting the Arts. Deserving youths pursuing studies in the Arts, Music, Drama and similar related subjects, have in the recent past, benefited through our support for their studies which could only be completed overseas.

Lions Club Sliema is committed to achieving the Lions International Mission Statement:

  • To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service and to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs.

For further information Lions Club Sliema may be contacted here or on the club’s facebook page

 

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