President Danny Faure officially released the centennial stamp for the Lions Club International yesterday at the State House.
Present during the ceremony were the international director Aruna Oswal, the District Governor 411A of Kenya, Seychelles, Ethiopia Jiza Chandhri, president of Lions Club Seychelles Ramu Pillay, president of the Melvin Jones Club Dr K. Viveg Anandan, president of the Centennial Women’s Lions Club of Seychelles Dhana Sasikumar, among other executive Lion members.
Five hundred thousand (500,000) of these stamps have been designed and printed as part of the activities to celebrate the 100th year of existence of Lionism and Seychelles is the first country to have a centennial club.
President Faure had the honour of releasing the stamp.
Mrs Oswal, who was representing the Lions Club International (LCI) board of directors said she was honoured to meet the president and discussions were held on the various projects which they could take forward in Seychelles.
“The Seychelles Lions are doing a wonderful work and in terms of services they are doing vision screening, kidney screening and surgery camps among others,” she said.
She asked the president the opportunity for her family trust ‒ the Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust ‒ to fund a project in service of the people in Seychelles.
“Let us reach the door steps of those people with mobile medical vans. This project from the Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust is already catering for services through 12 vans in Nepal, Bangladesh and India,” she said.
She would like to bring these services to Seychelles if everything goes according to plan with the health ministry and President Faure as well as the Health Minister Jean-Paul Adam have promised to look into this project.
Other projects include women empowerment, educational and vocational centres for children.
Following the official release, the commemorative stamp was unveiled to the public at the Central Post Office in Victoria by the chief executive (CEO) of the Seychelles Postal Services (SPS) Errol Dias and Mrs Oswal.
Mr Dias said SPS is honoured to issue the Lions Club R5 commemorative stamps and the First Day Cover to commemorate its 100 years of existence.
“I hope that this stamp which features the Lion’s Club logo and the community they serve will light up millions of cards and letters as they make their journey through the mail stream on the local and global post,” he said.
Mr Pillay said Seychelles will be given visibility in Chicago, USA between June 30 and July 4, 2017 as a delegation on 10 local Lions will be attending the centennial celebrations where the commemorative stamp will be launched to the 60,000 Lion delegates from all corners of the world.
As the Bank of Baroda sponsored R25,000 towards the stamps, the bank’s chief executive said they are proud to have been part of a project which will market Seychelles.