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Lions Clubs International President Barry Palmer Participating in Stuff the Bus Benefiting Make-A-Wish Wisconsin

Aug. 14, 2013

On Saturday, August 17, at 10:00 a.m. Lions Clubs International President Barry Palmer of Australia will be joining Make-A-Wish Wisconsin President & CEO Patti Gorsky at Walmart Supercenter in Franklin to participate in Stuff the Bus, collecting school supplies to benefit Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and other community organizations. The event will be one of numerous Stuff the Bus events across the state. Two school buses and a Lions fire truck will be on hand along with Lions from six local Clubs.

Lions Club Wisconsin Immediate Past Council Chair Karla Harris, said “This is such an exciting opportunity for Wisconsin Lions to come together for a common cause. It’s such a great project that when International President Palmer learned about it, he wanted to be a part of it.

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service organization with 1.357 million members in 207 countries. 100% of funds raised by Lions are used to support Community needs. Large service projects are handled by the Lions Club International Foundation. At the July 2013 convention in Germany, where Barry Palmer became International President, he announced a campaign to raise $30 million for measles vaccines by 2017 which will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom's Department of International Development, to bring the total to $60 million. Palmer also pledged $7.8 million to expand the efforts of Special Olympics worldwide. The Lions Clubs International Foundation maintains partnerships with corporations like Bausch & Lomb, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Government agencies such as the UN, USAID, WHO, and the US State Department.

Make-A-Wish Wisconsin grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Wishes are a special type of medicine that give children a break from doctors’ visits, hospital stays and treatments and provide them something positive with which to look forward.

Since the Wisconsin chapter was founded in 1984, nearly 5,000 families statewide can
attest to the power of a wish. Last year, the chapter granted a record-breaking 325 wishes and currently more than 250 Wisconsin children are in the process of having their special wishes granted. For more information about Make-A-Wish Wisconsin or to learn how you can make a difference, please call 800.236.WISH or visit

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