The Lions club of Essequibo Coast yesterday installed its new board of directors for the fiscal year 2017- 2018, as it completed its 25th year of service on the Essequibo Coast. The installation ceremony was held at the Club’s Den in Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast.
During the ceremony, club members were issued certificates for their long and dedicated service in their communities. Amongst the awardees were Tamesh Jagmohan, Prem Barakat and Salim Barakat who were awarded for their 25 years of service to the Club.
Two new members were also sworn in as Lions to the Den.
The Club’s president, Sareva Rampersaud, is optimistic that the fiscal year 2017-2018 will be a successful and productive one. “Together we can make a difference in the life of those in need and it’s my hope that we would be successful in executing all our budgeted projects and activities in the New Year.
“Unfortunately 40% of the Club’s health care projects as budgeted were incomplete. Of the 12 projects budgeted only eight were completed. Unfortunately the club was unable to finalise its project in dentistry due to several complications.
Sareva said, “Suddie Hospital couldn’t give us the needles to perform our operations, we tried to source them through the health ministry however we were unsuccessful there as well. This Dental project would’ve been huge since dental care in the Pomeroon and Lima Sands is really in need of urgent attention.”
The Lions Club is popular on the Essequibo Coast for its eye care project, which is its signature venture. The Club usually partners with doctors and volunteers from the Canadian vision care team, and visits the Essequibo Coast every two years to offer free eye care for more than a 1000 persons over a five-day period. The Lions club dispenses spectacles to patients and also plays a part of the school curriculum.
Director of the club, Shabir Singh, said that club members need to remember their obligation in fostering community development. “My fellow Lions, remember your purpose is to collectively work towards changing your community.
“The only way to extend is to have love and team spirit, you need to understand that this club needs to co-exist with the community. There are times when we come to meetings and don’t discuss the community. Instead we discuss ourselves and fight within ourselves. Demands for the Club’s service are increasing as the society gets even worse.”
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