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Lions Clubs Malaysia Announces Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation with Special Olympics Asia Pacific

July 19, 2014

The Memorandum of Understanding signed by Lions Clubs of District 308 B1 Malaysia will support the inclusion and well-being of people with intellectual disabilities in FT Kuala Lumpur and states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Melaka, Pahang, Johor and Negeri Sembilan.  This agreement includes vision screenings and referrals for people with intellectual disabilities, inclusive sports opportunities for Leos and Family Health Forums.

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From left to right: International President Joe Preston, Lions Clubs International, Special Olympics Malaysia athlete Muhammad Amin Bin Ali, Lim Hoe Guan, Lions District 308-B1 Governor. Simon Koh, Special Olympics Asia Pacific Director of Operations, Nurazida Daud, President of Special Olympics Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur and Special Olympics Malaysia athlete Muhammad Haziq Bin Rizal.

Strengthening Partnership in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Lions Clubs of District 308 B1 Malaysia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation (MOU) with Special Olympics Asia Pacific, continuing its worldwide efforts to achieve the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their communities.
 
Building on the organizations' 14-year history of collaboration, the  MOU strengthens ties between Special Olympics and Lions Clubs District 308 B1 Malaysia in the community through the following:

  • Provide high quality Special Olympics vision screening and follow up services for people with intellectual disabilities.

  • Engagement and inclusive sports opportunities to reach more young people and Leos through inclusive sports programs.

  • Conduct Family Health Forums to educate families and carers of individuals with intellectual disabilities. 

People with intellectual disabilities are one of the most marginalized, isolated, and neglected populations in the world. Out of the 27 countries in Special Olympics Asia Pacific region, Special Olympics estimates that there are as many as 72 million people with intellectual disabilities and 900,000 in Malaysia alone.
 
“By formalising this partnership to benefit communities in Malaysia, Lions Clubs International is continuing its efforts to help Special Olympics empower people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their best both on and off the playing field.” Says Dr. John Dow, Jr.,Acting President & Managing Director, Special Olympics Asia Pacific.
 
“It is our responsibility to ensure that no one is left behind in our communities, especially the less fortunate. We are pleased to collaborate with Special Olympics for this common purpose,” says Lim Hoe Guan, the newly installed District Governor 308 B1 Malaysia. 


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At the MOU Signing: (L to R) International President Joe Preston, Lions Clubs International, Lim Hoe Guan, Lions District 308-B1 Governor, Simon Koh, Special Olympics Asia Pacific Director of Operations, Nurazida Daud, President of Special Olympics Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur.

Global Leader in Humanitarian Service

The largest service organization in the world, and a global leader in humanitarian service, Lions Clubs International has been supporting Special Olympics with a focus on health through the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes vision screening program.
 
In the Special Olympics Asia Pacific region, there is ongoing collaboration with local Lions in more than 10 countries including Indonesia, Philippines and India, offering vision and health-related services, Family outreach support and reaching more young people through inclusive sports and advocacy programs in an effort to achieve full acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their communities.
 
In 2001, Lions Clubs International Foundation awarded Special Olympics the first grant in a multi-year, multi-million dollar commitment in the expansion of the Opening Eyes vision screening program.  Since then, the Foundation has provided over $15 million to provide vision and health-related services for a population long denied access to quality health and social services.


About Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world with 1.35 million members in 208 geographic areas and countries. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. Lions have helped to save or restore the vision of more than 30 million people worldwide. Though well known for its successful initiatives in vision health through its charitable arm of Lions Clubs International Foundation, Lions service is as diverse as its members. Lions Clubs meet all sorts of needs, from assisting the elderly to helping victims of natural disasters. Learn more online at www.lionsclubs.org.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 4.4 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs.
 
The Asia Pacific region office is headquartered in Singapore, to oversee the operations of the Special Olympics Movement in 27 countries from Afghanistan to the Pacific Islands excluding China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mongolia and South Korea (these six countries make up the Special Olympics East Asia region). Special Olympics Asia Pacific is the largest region (out of seven) in the world, serving more than 1.29 million people with intellectual disabilities. The region offers 28 Olympic-type sporting activities and Special Olympics initiatives in Healthy Athletes®, Unified Sports®, Young Athletes™, Project UNIFY and the Athlete Leadership Program.
 
Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter @soasiapacific; fb.com/soasiapacific; youtube.com/specialolympicshq, and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.

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