Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00
The Lions are an international organization with clubs all over the world. They are known as the “Knights of the Blind” and their aim is to help those in the community who are less fortunate. The Lions motto is “We Serve.” Club members are proud of the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island for corneal research, transplants and transports. They host a summer camp for children with diabetes. Their Empire Speech and Hearing summer program hosts children with developmental disabilities from all communities. The Plainview Bethpage Lions Club distributes over 100 baskets of food for Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas to help needy families enjoy the holidays. We also give two high school scholarships.
On Sunday, May 2, at the Marriott Residence Inn, 9 Gerhard Road, Plainview, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Plainview-Bethpage Lions will be holding their annual pancake breakfast with attendance of over 200 people. The Marriott Residence Inn has graciously donated their facility for this event.
This year all proceeds from the pancake breakfast will be for Cassandra Salayko, a 19-month-old child who was born with a hole in her heart and a leaky valve. She has undergone one operation and the likely possibility exists of two or more to follow. The family has financial difficulties due to escalating medical bills. Her father is holding down two jobs; mother with her own health problems and a new job. They are struggling to make ends meet. Cassandra is a happy, deeply loved child with a constant smile that captivates any audience. She is truly God’s blessing; definitely this family needs our help to ensure a bright and healthy future.