Organization raises money for sight preservation

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 29, 2003

When you tune into Q-94 FM today and notice some familiar, yet different, voices coming over the airwaves, there’s a very good reason.

The local country music station has been taken over by members of the Greenville Lions Club as part of their annual ‘Radio Days’ fundraising project.

Some 130 local businesses and professionals have pledged $40 each to the local organization for radio ad time during the event. A number of merchants also donated giveaways for Radio Days listeners.

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The monies raised through Lions Radio Days will go to Lions Club charitable projects both local and international in scope.

Saving our sight

Saving the eyesight of others is the number one reason behind Radio Days.

&uot;As a part of Lions International, we are committed to a goal of eradicating curable blindness in this world,&uot; explained Greenville Lion, District Judge Mack Russell.

The organization channels the dollars raised in a number of beneficial ways, Russell said.

&uot;We provide eyeglasses to local needy children, and we also send money to Southern Guide Dogs for the Blind and to Camp Seale-Harris, which serves children with diabetes. Diabetes happens to be the number one cause of blindness in this country.&uot;

Monies also go to Lions Alabama Sight, Lions Club International and the Alabama High School Lions Leadership Scholarship Program, which sends local high school students to a top-rated leadership conference.

&uot;We also support the OG Holley Scholarship,&uot; Russell said. &uot;Mr. Holley was a local man who suffered a great disability early in his life. He overcame it and went on to make such a positive difference in his community.&uot;

Russell encourages others interested in working for local and international sight conservation to consider joining his organization.

&uot;We meet the first four Mondays of every month at noon at the Greenville YMCA, and we’d love to have folks come and join us,&uot; he said.