Today we celebrate the birthday of our guiding light, Helen Keller. It all started in In 1925, when she addressed the Lions International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio.
"I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?"
Ever since that day 90 years ago, Lions have answered this challenge.
The spirit of Helen Keller guides the efforts of the Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation today. Although the original challenge was to be the “Knights of the Blind,” Helen Keller observed in her lifetime that deafness was an even worse affliction:
"The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important, than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus — the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir and keeps us in the intellectual company of man."
With this awareness, LSH continues to help people with both hearing and visual impairment, funding the treatment or the devices they need to claim their place in the world.