HISTORY On June 28, 2009, Toronto Netralya Lions Club inspired and sponsored by Toronto Doctors Lion Club, President Lion Dr. Mike Sarin, celebrated their Charter Night at Hilton Garden Inn Oakville, Ontario. Hon. Harinder Takhar MPP and Ontario Minister for Government Services was the Chief Guest and District Governor Lion Bill Allison District A-711 of the Lions International was the Keynote speaker for the evening. The name of the club “Netralya” which means House of Eyes was chosen to resonate with one of the missions of the Lions Club International – which is “SIGHTFIRST” – inspired by the famous Deafblind Helen Keller. The prime mandate of the club is to create awareness of preventable blindness and provide monetary help to eradicate and/or cure for the unprivileged and needy.
FUNDRAISING Since the inception and charter of Toronto Netralya Lions Club in 2009, the club has raised close to half a million dollars for various charitable organizations mainly involved in the Excellence in Vision Research Work and Preventable Blindness.
The twogalas - Lions Unite For Sight, November 2010 and Lions Gala For Sight, September 2012, were a resounding success. The galas supported by donations from various corporate and financial institutes enabled the club to donate monies to the following beneficiaries:
- CNIB (Canadian Institute for the Blind) $325,000.00 - K K Eye Institute in Pune, India $15,000.00 - Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto $25,000.00 - Narayana Nethralaya Hospital, Banglore $15,000.00 - Dr. Doobey’s Dialysis Hospital in Guyana $2,500.00 - Sick Kid’s Foundation (Ophthalmology Wing) $4,300.00