The Lions of Kenya made History by signing an Official MOU with Special Olympics Kenya to assist Persons with Intellectual Disability in the presence of First Vice International President Dr Jitsuhiro Yamada. A very successful Opening Eyes Programme was carried out where more than 100 Athletes had their eyes checked and treated. The Lions of Kenya will assist these athletes to participate in National Games and also prepare them for the International Games to be held next July where approximately 59 Athletes will represent Kenya.
While addressing the plenary, First VIP Dr Yamada, lauded this Partnership and commended our very active Leos for heeding the call to action and coming out in large numbers and interacting with the Special Olympics Athletes in a bid to foster cooperation between them that will lead to joint sporting and other community service activities.
The Tripartite MoU was signed by the District Governor, District 411A Lion Davinder Eari, the Chairman of the Lions Sightfirst Eye Hospital, Nairobi and Past Council Chairperson, Lion Samson Ndegwa and the National Director, Special Olympics Kenya, Mr John Makathimo.
There are four (4)key Objectives of the MoU which include: Supporting the quality growth of Special Olympics Health Programs by jointly implementing Opening Eyes screening programs annually; Collaborating to provide direct family health education to families by involving Lions to serve as speakers and co-organizers of the Family Health Forums; Activating and engaging Leos in the Special Olympics inclusive Unified Sports model and related activities and finally Publicity for our joint initiatives to create Awareness and celebrate our joint successes.
Further history was made when Dr Yamada also received the Charter Application form of the FOSOK Champions Lions Club which will be the 1st Champions Lions Club in Africa and is dedicated to supporting Special Olympics in Kenya and work with Persons with Intellectual Disability. This new Club will be the 12th Champions Lions Club worldwide since the Global partnership between Lions Clubs International and Special Olympics commenced in the year 2000
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