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Lions Clubs reaching out to victims in Japan

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Within 24 hours after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan, Lions Clubs International, the largest volunteer service organization in the world, released $1.25 million to assist the survivors with their most critical emergency needs. The Lions have since raised their commitment of funds from their charitable giving arm, the Lions Clubs International Foundation, to $5 million to support the disaster relief efforts. Lions from around the world are also stepping up their fundraising with the goal of sending millions of dollars more for the victims, which also include thousands of their fellow Lions. There are more than 100,000 Lions in Japan in 3,200 clubs with 31 of those clubs based in the hardest hit area of Sendai. Lions Clubs International has a long history of effectively responding to disasters all over the world because it can closely coordinate with Lions in the affected area to quickly direct funds to where it can do the most good. Donors are also happy to know that 100 percent of donations made to the Lions Clubs International Foundation go directly to disaster relief. No portion of the donation goes to administrative expenses. Governor Richard Wilmot, who heads the local District 4-C5 of Lions Clubs International, is joining with 14 other Lion Districts in California to reach the statewide goal of raising $100,000 for Japan. District 4-C5, which has 1,650 Lion members in 58 clubs in Placer, Nevada, Sacramento, Yolo, and El Dorado Counties has already raised $10,000, including more than $2,000 from five of its Leo (youth) service clubs. For more information about Lions Clubs International?s disaster relief efforts in Japan and how you can make a donation to the Lions Clubs International Foundation, visit lionsclubs.org. Donna Prince, Grass Valley