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As you may know, Lions worldwide are known as “Knights of the Blind”.  In 1925, Helen Keller a blind person addressed the Lions at an International Convention and challenged them to take up the battle to eradicate blindness.  Today, the focus of Lions Clubs worldwide continues to be eyesight conservation

The Guelph Lions Club provide many different services for the seeing impaired within our own community. 

The most up to date laser eye equipment at the Guelph General hospital used for cataract surgery has been made possible by the Guelph Lions Club. We are also in the process of working with the Guelph Library and CNIB to provide braille books for blind children.  At present there is only one braille book available.

Many Guelph Lions volunteer their time on a weekly basis to provide vision screening for kindergarten children in the local schools every year, using equipment purchased by the Guelph Lions Clubs. There are over 2000 kindergarten children screened each year by Guelph Lions. This screening promotes parental awareness of potential sight problems in their children, which may otherwise go undetected in the early stages.

The Guelph Lions Club with the CNIB have directly supported blind and partially sighted residents of Guelph with the purchase of magnifying glasses, talking book playback machines and other specialized technology such as smart phones with specific applications to assist with reading and navigation throughout their community.  Prescription eye glasses, in cooperation with LensCrafters, are also provided to those in Guelph with financial needs.


The Guelph Lions Club have made a five year financial pledge to assist the University of Guelph which uses electronic markers linked to smart phones to make their campus and indoor facilities fully accessible to blind students, staff and visitors, enabling them to move about with total independence. It will be the first university in Canada to provide this service.

On a wider horizon, the Lions sponsor dog guides through the Lions Foundation of Canada, which include dog guides for the blind and service dogs which have been trained for diabetic detection, assist persons who are deaf, unable to walk independently and children with Autism. The Lions Dog Guides are provided absolutely free to the people who receive them, and currently the school graduates about 100 trained dog guides annually.  

All these worthy projects are made possible by your donations and support.  We sincerely thank you for your previous support of the Lions Eyesight Conservation Trust, and beseech you to again consider making a contribution this year.  Every dollar you donate goes towards these projects – all the administrative costs are covered by the Lions personally.

For your convenience you may place a cheque in the enclosed envelope or if you wish to pay by credit card go to Guelphlionsclub.org and click on “donations”

 “The best things in life cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt within the heart”.
–Helen Keller




Lion Garry Ransom, Trustee



Please make cheques payable to Guelph Lions Club Eyesight Conservation Trust

17A - 218 Silvercreek Pkwy N #115
Guelph, ON
N1H 8E8


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