MISSION The prime mandate of the club is to create awareness of preventable blindness and provide monetary help to eradicate and/or cure for the underprivileged and needy.
HISTORY Toronto Netralya Lions Club received and celebrated their Charter Night on June 28, 2009 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. Toronto Netralya Lions Club was inspired and sponsored by Toronto Doctors Lions Club, President Lion Dr. Mike Sarin, 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.
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 beneficiaries.
Fundraising for Beneficiaries
- CNIB (Canadian Institute for the Blind) $325,000 - K K Eye Institute in Pune (India) $15,000 - Princess Margaret Foundation $25,000 - Narayana Nethralaya Hospital, Banglore (India) $15,000 - Dr. Doobe Dialysis Hospital, Guyana $2,500 - Sick Kids Foundation (Ophthalmology Wing) $4,300 - Renascent Benefit Concert $500 - Disaster Relief Fund for Philippines $5,000 - Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, May 2015 $7,500. Donations matched by - Government of Canada - Bowmansville Hospital Foundation $6.500 - Lions Alberta Foundation (Fort McMurray Disaster) $3,000
1st PLACE WINNER - 2015-16 "CLUB EFFICIENCY AWARD" AS THE BEST CLUB IN DISTRICT A711 (OUT OF 80 LIONS CLUBS IN DISTRICT) ************ Member of the Lions Youth Exchange Program (International)