The Surat Khatodara Lions Club is a part of Lions Clubs International, a network of volunteers who work together to uplift lives. The International Association of Lions Club is spread over 210 countries and have more than 14 Lakh members. One such club doing extraordinary work on humanitarian ground is Lions Club of Surat Khatodara.
The club has mainly 5 programmes which are its main focus area: Food for Hunger, Care for Vision, Diabetes, Pediatrics Cancer and Environment. The motto and vision of the Lions Club of Surat is to help the needy.
On the completion of 44 years, the Governor of the Lions’ Club Surat- Ashok Desai, principal of Wadia Women’s College graced the event. During the day, he also visited the permanent projects of Lions Club of Surat Katodara.
Lion Principal Dr. Ashok Desai said, “I am extremely delighted to see that all the projects of Lions Club of Surat Khatodara are working towards bettering the lives of people. The club is united in its kindness and diversity. For me personally and for the club, we greatly value compassion and we genuinely believe that without compassion on cannot serve the people.”
The Lions’s Club of Surat Khatodara has particularly done significant work in Food for Hunger and Vision programme. The other projects undertaken are Hygiene Care for Young Care, Act &Protect Rural Areas, Quest for Leadership, Preservation of Cultural Heritage among others.
The club also runs a hospital named ‘Lions Cancer Detection Center’ in Civil Hospital which provides free treatment including chemotherapy to all patients. The club received a grant of around Rs.2-3 crore for ensuring that people get free medical treatment.
During a difficult time like Covid-19 crisis, the club felicitated the corona warriors who worked tirelessly in the city. The club also provided sanitizers, masks, PPE kits, etc. to health-workers, doctors, and police personnel among others.
All members serving are volunteers and the club has around 3000 members in 78 clubs from Vapi to Bharuch.