Partnership – Lions Clubs and Special Olympics Kenya

Special Olympics Kenya National Treasure Mr Samuel Kiura (representing the Chairman) was accompanied by John Makathimo and Joshua Agare from the SOK offices on Friday 8th 2014 to meet with Lions Clubs District 411A of Kenya members including PID Dr Manoj Shah, PCC Dr Samson Ndegwa, Lion Professor Adala, Lion Lawi Sultan and Lion Victor Mahinda.

The meeting was called to review the draft MOU that had earlier been circulated and the outcome was a delightful and unanimous decision to adopt it for signature pending amendments that had been instituted.

It was agreed that the MOU would be signed in three weeks time or first week of September by Special Olympics Kenya Chairman, James Kimonye; District 411A Governor Lion Davinder Singh Eari and Lions Sight First Eye Hospital Chairperson Dr Samson Ndegwa.

Lions Clubs committed to offering Opening Eyes screening and take up all referrals that will require treatment gratis as part of their CSR. They also pledged to participate in extra Opening Eyes screenings over and above the regular Special Olympics Kenya Healthy Athletes Screenings through LCIF grant.

Additionally, Lions Clubs District 411A Kenya pledged to support Special Olympics Kenya efforts in fundraising for the National Games and World Games. The Lions also promised to encourage formation of a Champions Lions Club to fundraise and render financial and volunteer support to a host of other program initiatives.

Lions Clubs District 411A will provide Opening Eyes screening during the September 18th & 19th 2014 national games.

Mr Samuel Kiura thanked the Lions Clubs District 411A initiative as a big boost to the support already provided by Lions Clubs International Foundation to Special Olympics, of which Special Olympics Kenya is a beneficiary. He promised full support by the Special Olympics Kenya Board to this initiative.