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Lions Clubs International officially partners with Special Olympics Malawi

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May 2013 marked the signing of a partnership between Special Olympics Malawi and Lions Clubs International. The relationship between the two international organizations dates back to 2011 in a dedication to providing vision and eye health for people with intellectual disabilities. The major aim of the partnership is to create a positive impact on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, and offer Lion Clubs volunteers a chance to take part in a new service project, connected to the global association. In the speech made by SO Malawi Chairperson, Peter Mazunda, at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding he pledged to fully support the goals and objectives of the MOU. Special Olympics athlete leader, Innocent Chilongo, gave a speech on his involvement in Special Olympics and the importance of the support of organisations such as Lions Club International. The signing of the MOU signified the commitment to support the growth of Special Olympics Programs and Opening Eyes, to help build local capacity designed to create sustainable screening models and to collaborate on the introduction of enhanced models of programming. The signing of the MOU took place during the 51st Annual Convention of the Lions Club International district 412 which comprises of Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

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