Seychelles Centennial Women Lions Club | 25 July 2020
Ruth Mohoty installed as new president for 2020-2021
The Seychelles Centennial Women Lions Club is celebrating its fifth year of existence this year and last Sunday they had their installation night at the Espace building where Ruth Mohoty was installed as the new president of the club for the year 2020-2021, replacing Selvi Karunakaran.
This event was attended by all the Lions members including outgoing zone chairperson, Lion Dr Sasikumar; incoming zone chairperson, Lion Karpagam Senthilkumar; district officers Lion Dhanalakshmi Sasikumar and Lion Uma Ramani; outgoing and incoming presidents of Lions Club of Seychelles, Melvin Jones, Rising Lion and the Senior Lions, Lion Ramani, Lion Ak Singh, Lion Siva and Lion Ramu.
The new board consists of Ruth Mohoty (president), Jayantika Pandya (treasurer), Mermedah Moustache (secretary), Manjari Gohel (first vice president), Anitharaj Kanan (second vice president), Doris Belle (third vice president) and membership director Kanta Hirani. Three new members – Swapna Akinapelly, Sara Velez and Harshini Gurusinghe – were also inducted during the ceremony.
To conclude the year, the District 411A of Lions Clubs International awarded the Seychelles Centennial Women’s Lions Club the following awards for: Best club activities, Best club president, Best club secretary and Outstanding environment district officer.
Outgoing president Selvi Karunakaran also won the Best president award and she noted that “I was elected to serve the Seychelles Centennial Women Lions Club 129149 for the district 411A as president for the ‘lionistic year 2019-2020’. It was a real challenge for me as I also hold a full time job. During the year 2019-2020, the SCWLC successfully carried out many projects. A total of 25 activities were completed. I truly appreciate all the sponsors who have given generous financial support to the club. In today’s world, so many people are searching for meaning in their lives, a purpose beyond their day-to-day existence. Worldwide, we are all facing a difficult time fighting to contain the spread of COVID-19. If we want to serve others, there is a spot for you within our organisation. If you want to eradicate preventable blindness, you can – because you’re a Lion. If you want to help break the cycle of poverty, you can – you’re a Lion, if you want to teach others to read, you can – you’re a Lion. If you want to preserve the environment for future generations, you can – you’re a Lion. If you want to rebuild communities, you can – you’re a Lion. If you want to make a difference in the life of a needy child, you can – you’re a Lion.”
Outgoing club secretary Abirami Saravanan elaborated on the projects that have been undertaken in 2019-2020. Currently the SCWLC has 33 active members.
They undertook projects in various sectors serving some 4,907 people in Seychelles. In the environment sector, they did an environmental clean-up and restoration activity at the Mont Fleuri primary school in collaboration with the department of environment. They had various school garden projects.
“The school garden project was initiated by our district officer for environment, Lion Dhana Sasikumar in 2016. Since then the club has been giving financial assistance to many schools to build their greenhouses, which would encourage children in schools to develop an interest in agriculture and cultivate their own food and protect the environment by planting,” explained Ms Saravanan.
So far the club has sponsored 10 schools to construct their greenhouse shelter. The 10 schools are Anse Boileau primary, Anse Etoile primary, Anse Royale primary, Au Cap primary, Baie Lazare primary, English River secondary, Baie Ste Anne Praslin primary, Plaisance primary, Mont Fleuri primary and Mont Fleuri secondary.
Contributing towards the health sector, the SCWLC conducted diabetes health screening and sponsoring of glucometers and glucosticks for teachers’ week; type 2 diabetes risk awareness workshop and took part in the diabetic awareness walk in collaboration with Diabetic Society of Seychelles.
The club also organised a charity lunch for the residents of the Plaisance elderly home to show them that people appreciate and recognise their contributions to the society.
The other activities of the SCWLC are:
- Christmas lunch for the foster home children at Foyer de Nazareth, Anse Etoile. The children were given gifts, school bags and a delicious lunch. They had fun with music and enjoyed the day.
- Donation of antifungal paint to refurbish and beautify the Au Cap primary school library;
- Donation of water dispenser to the Brahama Kumari Meditation Centre, Hermitage;
- Attended the Manifestasyon Manze Lokal and conducted health screening for diabetes and hypertension for the public;
- In collaboration with the Soroptimist Club participated in a walk at Beau Vallon beach to promote cancer awareness;
- Handed 1,000 copies of admission booklets to the Victoria Hospital’s gynaecology department to record patient history;
- Held talks at the English River secondary school on ‘The importance of mental health and emotional wellbeing’ and ‘Elimination of violence against women’;
- Participated in HIV awareness activities to eliminate the deadly disease;
- Donated books to Ile Persévérance secondary school on World Book Day;
- Donated chairs to English River health centre;
- Donated PA system to Pointe Laure primary school to facilitate their school activities;
- Fun day activity – Boat trip for members and their family;
- Donated domestic items to Praslin fire victims;
- Donated masks to the police force during COVID-19 and
- Blood donation by club members.
The outgoing president also presented a certificate of appreciation to the hardworking ladies of the Seychelles Centennial Women Lions Club who were there to support all the time.
Compiled by Vidya Gappy