The Banjul Cairo Lion’s Club was recently officially chartered by the District Governor of the Lion’s Club International at a ceremony held at a hotel in Bakau.
Established in 1957, the Lion’s Club is a global organisation with over 1.4 million members, who perform valuable service in 210 countries and geographic areas around the globe.
Over the years, the international clubs have strengthened communities through humanitarian projects and hands-on service. The global organisation, which stands for leadership, experience and opportunity, has the goal of helping youth to visualise their future, learn leadership from influential leaders and network with personalities around the world for a better future.
At a press conference, Jean Baptiste So, District Governor of Lion Clubs International, said as governor of the district, it is an obligation for him to visit clubs that are under his region, and that the reason was to find out what was going on so as to encourage members to work hard.
“As of today my district has a total number of 98 clubs distributed in nine countries and is among the biggest districts you could find. Since July this year, I started my tour of visiting clubs and I am able to visit 42 clubs in Burkina Faso alone and later I proceeded to Mauritania, Senegal, Cape Verde, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau and The Gambia. The Gambia club is a new club which was established in June 2016 and is called Banjul Cairo Lion Club,” he stated.
According to him, to be chartered is like a birth certificate where all members are registered, noting that the certificate was handed over to the Banjul Cairo Club president by the Governor.
“The objective of the club is to serve humanity and for members to help the community with their various projects. In the past the international club has introduced projects like helping the visually impaired people and empowered the youth by giving them the opportunity to learn and network, thereby giving them the opportunity to know and prepare them as role models,” he explained.
During the ceremony, the District Governor officially chartered the executive members of the Banjul Cairo Club to be officially Lions and they are to carry out their duties as expected of them.
Jean Baptiste So also presided over the presentation of materials donated by the Club to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital.
by Samba Jawo