International President Barry Palmer visits Great Britain and Ireland.

The International President of Lions Club International, Barry J. Palmer from New South Wales, Australia, is meeting with royalty, members of parliament, charity patrons and hundreds of members of the world’s largest service member organisation during his visit to Great Britain and Ireland which runs from Friday 7 to Sunday 16 March.

With 1.35 million members helping local communities in 208 countries through 46,000 clubs, it is quite an honour for Lions Clubs International (LCI) International President to travel here.

It is also a tribute to the organisation’s reputation that a number of dignitaries are hosting LCI International President, Barry Palmer personally during his visit. These include her Royal Highness, the Countess of Wessex, who is patron of Lions Clubs of the British Isles and former prime minister, Sir John Major.

Additionally, there is a strong charitable purpose to the visit with Mr Palmer, and his wife, Anne, invited to the House of Lords on Monday 10 March as guests of honour by Lord Loomba, CBE, for an event to promote the Loomba Foundation’s international empowerment project for widows. This initiative currently empowers 10,000 impoverished widows in India who each receive a sewing machine and training to make garments.

Meetings will also take place with Dr Andrew Cooper, of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, and Percy Barnevik, CEO of the Hand in Hand network (which aims to reduce poverty through job creation).

Along with fellow Lions and Members of Parliament, Mr and Mrs Palmer will celebrate United Nations Day in the House of Commons on Tuesday 11 March, which recognises a shared commitment to humanitarian causes. The UN relationship is also acknowledged during a visit to Ireland (7-9 March) where the LCI President and his wife will meet hundreds of individual Lions members.

The visit concludes with a similar opportunity to hear about Lions members’ community involvement in East Anglia.

For more information contact: Mandy Broadbent on 01204 435340 or email
Issued: 6 March 2014

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