Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organisation with 46,000 clubs and 1.4 million members in 192 countries around the world. The international headquarters is situated in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Lions Clubs International has had a history of support for the work of the United Nations since that Organisation's inception in 1945, when it was one of the non-governmental organisations invited to assist in the drafting of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco.
Lions are recognized worldwide for their service to the blind and visually impaired. This service began
when Helen Keller addressed the International Convention at Cedar Point, Ohio on June 30, 1925 and charged Lions to be 'Knights to the Blind'.
In response to that challenge:
Lions were instrumental in having the white cane recognised as a symbol of the blind.
Lions established and support a majority of the world's eye banks, hundreds of clinics, hospitals and eye research centers worldwide.
Lions collect more than 5 million pairs of used eyeglasses each year for distribution in developing countries