Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Aurora Noon Lions Club will collect donations on Saturday, April 16 to support Ukrainian refugees.
Arvid Meyer, president of the Noon Lions, said donations for Ukraine will be accepted at the club’s annual “Breakfast with the Bunny” pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Luigi’s Pizza, 732 Prairie St. in Aurora. The public is invited. Parking is free.
Meyer said Aurora Lions will match up to $500 in donations for more than two million men, women and children who have fled the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
The Noon Lions voted unanimously to accept and match donations at the club’s bi-weekly meeting on Thursday, April 7 at Luigi’s Pizza in Aurora.
According to Meyer, the Noon Lions are among members of Lions International – the world’s largest humanitarian service organization – raising funds and organizing drives for food and supplies to show their support for Ukraine through awareness raising. and awareness.
Meyer said, “In this time of great need, Lions around the world are coming together in kindness to help families in desperate need.
“To help ensure that Lions in Ukraine and neighboring countries are there to support refugees and displaced people, Lions Clubs International Foundation provides grants to enable Lions to provide immediate relief to refugees struggling to respond. their most basic needs More than US$100,000 in grant funds have been awarded to Lions serving in Poland, Hungary, Romania, Austria and the Slovak Republic to help refugees.
“Funds will be used by Lions to purchase medicine and medical equipment, as well as food and water, clothing and other supplies. Additional grants will be awarded to help meet the ongoing needs of this crisis.”
The Bunny Breakfast offers all-you-can-eat pancakes from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Luigi’s Pizza, 732 Prairie St. in Aurora. The public is invited. Parking is free.
In conjunction with the Elburn Lions Club, free eye screenings will be offered to people aged six months through adulthood. Scouting will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. by a team from Elburn Lions.
Stacy Groesch, Elburn Lions event coordinator, said subjects take the test, which takes one to five minutes. Handheld by a trained operator, the Welch Allyn Spot Vision Detector provides reliable data in seconds. A one-page summary includes vision assessment and screening results for an informed decision about the need for a follow-up diagnosis.
According to Groesch, Elburn Lions invested $7,000 in the filter in 2014 and have since added software updates.
For the first time, the event features an outdoor egg hunt at 11 a.m. In case of rain, the hunt will take place inside.
Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes with sausages and mini donuts. Beverages include orange juice, milk, chocolate milk, coffee (decaffeinated and regular). With every ticket purchased, customers will receive an egg-shaped pizza kit to take home!
The Easter Bunny will pose for photos with guests. Customers are encouraged to bring their camera.
Tickets at the door and from Lions members are $7, $5 for children and free for 2 and under.
Founded in 1922, the Aurora Noon Lions Club meets the first and third Thursdays at Luigi’s Pizza, 732 Prairie St. in Aurora. Potential members interested in community service are invited. Call (630) 921-1307 or visit auroranoonlions.org for more information.
With the motto “We Serve”, Lions volunteers focus on causes such as hearing and visual impairment, hunger, the environment, diabetes and childhood cancer.
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Some 1.42 million members in more than 48,000 clubs serve in more than 200 countries and geographies around the world.
Since 1917, Lions have strengthened local communities through practical service and humanitarian projects and extended service impact through the Sycamore-based Lions Clubs International Foundation. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit lionsclubs.org.