Lions gets a rap in Bill Gates Annual Report

Each year the Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provides an annual letter, outlining the achievements, successes and Direction of the Foundation.

This year Bill mentions the address by his father, Mr Bill Gates Snr, to the Lions International Convention in Seattle, and compliments Lions Clubs International on its work.

“My father, William Gates, co-chair along with Melinda and me, continues to provide inspiration and guidance for a lot of our work. In June, he gave a speech to 10,000 Lions Club members who gathered in Seattle for their annual convention. The streets were closed for their parade, and then my dad spoke about the Lions’ impressive work fighting measles. Ten years ago, 2,000 people died from measles every day. Now, that number is down to 500. My father, who has always encouraged me, loved encouraging an arena full of people to keep saving children’s lives.”

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.  (Source here)

Lions Clubs International is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support a Lions-Measles pilot program in four African countries. The Foundation is providing $400,000 and LCIF is providing an additional US$300,000 and Lions are managing and implementing the projects. In supporting the pilot program, Lions join the Measles Initiative, a worldwide effort. The partnership helped vaccinate 41 million children.

For the full letter, please select this link here. Link to Bill Gates Annual letter.