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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Dedicates 'Gift of Sight' Statue in Recognition of Lions' Blindness Prevention Efforts
Date:1/26/2009

Lions pledge additional $203 million to continue to fight preventable blindness

Tuesday, January 27, 1:15-1:45 p.m., 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook

OAK BROOK, Ill., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will dedicate the "Gift of Sight" statue on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at Lions Clubs International headquarters, 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. The statue symbolizes Lions Clubs International Foundation's (LCIF) ongoing collaborative efforts to combat preventable blindness and is a gift to Lions from The Carter Center.

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The bronze statue depicts a child leading a man blinded by river blindness. For hundreds of years, a child leading a blind elder has been the fate of families stricken with river blindness, or onchocerciasis, in Africa and Latin America.

The dedication of the statue is part of a two-day symposium at Lions Clubs International headquarters where leading sight and health organizations from around the world will gather to discuss positive youth development and blindness prevention. A Lions club member, President Carter has long joined Lions in their fight to save and restore sight.

"Rosalynn and I have seen the devastating effects that blinding diseases have on individuals and their families. The Carter Center and Lions Clubs International Foundation, along with other vital partners, are working to preserve the vision of millions of people in Africa and the Americas," said Carter Center Founder President Carter. "Thanks to these coordinated efforts, river blindness is nearly eliminated from the Western Hemisphere."

LCIF recently completed a three-year global fundraising campaign, raising $203 million to continue and expand LCIF's SightFirst program worldwid
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