Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic-24/1/10- Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) chairman Al Brandel, designated a local Steering Committee to coordinate LCIF’s short, medium, and long term relief and reconstruction actions in Haiti.
Brandel, who also is the Immediate Past President of Lions Clubs International, and wife Maureen, visited the Dominican Republic and Haiti over the weekend to head a delegation of Dominican and puertorican Lions who met with the delegation of ten Haitian Lions in the Dominican border town of Jimani to personally convey Lions International President Eberhart Wirfs’ grieves and condolences, announce an LCIF US$30,000. emergency relief fund granted to the Haitian Lions, through the Dominican Republic (no banks are operating in Haiti after the earthquake), coordinate the delivery of a truckload of first aid, water and food shipment, donated by the Dominican Lions, and announce the forthcoming arrival of 200 tents, donated by the Swedish Lions.
The LCIF chairman also informed the Lions of Haiti, headed by Zone President Wlliam Elacin, that another 3,000 tents would be delivered soon to Haiti, donated by the Chinese Lions, and the results (up to January 23) of the LCIF, web based donation campaign which, at that time had reached the US$700,000. mark, and which was expected to grow rapidly during the next few days.
Chairman Brandel also explained to the Haitian Lions, that unlike other NGO’s, LCIF and the International Lions were here for as long as they were needed, and that for logistic reasons a local steering committee was being setup headed by Past International Directors Nilson Martinez (Dominican Republic) and Carlos Justiniano (Puerto Rico), acting International Director Eugenio Roman, also from Puerto Rico, and including the members of the Dominican Republic’s Governors Council, and Haitian Lions’ Zone President Wlliam Elacin and his designated Lions, representing Haiti’s three Lions Clubs.
Haitian Lions will now gather club members to define a short, medium and long-term assistance and reconstruction action plan that will be submitted as soon as possible to the local Steering Committee and LCIF.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International. Established in 1968, LCIF is committed to providing humanitarian services to those in need, including providing disaster relief, saving sight, supporting youth and combating disability. Each year, LCIF typically awards US$2 million in emergency grant relief funding. Learn more at www.lcif.org.