Chennai, April 2017: Lions Clubs International announced its first LCI Con in India that will coincide with celebrations of 75 years of Independence in 2022. LCIcon 2022 will be one of India’s biggest ever international conventions in which more than 35,000 Lion Members are expected from more than 120 countries. The announcement was made by Lion Dr. Naresh Aggarwal, First Vice President, Lions Clubs International – an Indian who takes charge as the 101St Worldwide President of Lions Clubs International from July 2017 – in presence of Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism, Govt. of India.
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India said, “To give is rare virtue exhibited by the likes of Gandhi, Ambedkar, and Lionism across the world, is a symbol of the same. He also announced that he intends to bring Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to the platform to promote brand India as partners in its great endeavor. He has not only made commitment of his ministry’s total cooperation to organize this mega event but has also extended support to formulate a nodal body of Ministry of Social Justice & Welfare, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Home, Ministry of Foreign and Ministry of Finance for smooth execution. Lion Dr. Naresh Aggarwal also took this opportunity to thank the minister. Dr. Sharma, “Concluded by expressing his deep grief and condolence to the families of those who died in the Noida fire accident yesterday.”
Expressing his joy on the occasion, the next Lions Clubs International Worldwide President Lion Dr. Naresh Aggarwal, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to announce not only the first ever LCIcon 2022 in India but also one of the biggest international conventions in India.” Tourism worth USD 50 Million during four days and much more during pre and post trips of visitors in India is expected.
Indira Gandhi Stadium, Pragati Maidan (ITPO) & All 5 star hotels in New Delhi have been booked well in advance. General Managers and Administrator of all 5 Star hotels and related government bodies were present at the conference. Among other prominent guests present were Ms Madhu Dubey, Executive Director- ICPB, Ms Manjushree Roy, Director- IGSC, Mr. Shaoo S.R, GM- ITPO and Mr Samir Kalia, MD, Gets Holidays. Gets Holidays is the event and travel partner for the event.
Dr. Aggarwal also shared his vision for India, and added “There will be high focus on social welfare activities in India for the next 5 years. Scientists say 70% of our memory is visual memory and by age of 7 years problems related to sight become permanent. It is this insight which has led us to a pledge to scan more than 5 crores kids for eye sight problems in coming years. We are importing equipment from Germany for the same which needs no technical assistance and can scan in less than a minute.” The demo of these machines was available during the conference. “Apart from Kid sight India, we will run campaigns for vaccination and eradication of measles and rubella for kids, programs of kidney ailments and dialysis treatments, diabetes awareness programs, and other environment, health and youth related events,” he added.
Lions Clubs International (LCI) is the Global Leader in Humanitarian services. Bodies of high repute like the Aruna Abhay Oswal Trust, Mannapuram Finance, State Bank of India, Coal India Ltd., Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI, Carter Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Ecillor are working in collaboration with Lions Clubs International. Lions Clubs International Convention – LCIcon2022 is being held For the First Time in India, in LIONS 100 year’s history. Lions Clubs International has presence in 210 countries with 13,74,000 members. In India there are 227,000 Lion Members who through 6400 Lions Clubs are working in the area of Vision, Healthcare, Environment, Youth and more. LCIcon2022 will coincide with India’s 75 glorious years of Independence.
About lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International (LCI) is an international humanitarian services organization. The Lions motto is “We Serve.” Local Lions Club programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, and many other programs. Lions Clubs International (LCI) was founded by Melvin Jones in 1917 with a vision to bring together business men who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, to put their talents to work improving their communities. It has over 47,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members in over 210 countries around the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, United States, the organization aims to meet the needs of communities on a local and global scale.