MD118 Leos choose a National Activity each year. All members of six districts carry out it at the same time of the year – mostly on National Leo Day.
This year, our National Activity was “Leo Market”. We aimed to perform it on the National Leo Day – even for the whole weekend.
Leo Market is a national activity operated by Leo Clubs to provide provision help to families in need. Our goal is providing benefit to people in need, people with incomes below or on the starvation line, by collecting provision help from volunteered people.
Leo Market can be summarized in three steps:
Step 1: Convincing the shoppers to buy some additional stuff for the Leo Market packages.
Step 2: Collecting products bought by the shoppers and divide all into packages according to our list and wrap them up.
Step 3: Distributing the packages according to the lists of people in need with the help of local governments.
This activity is being performed by Cemenzar Leo Club every year for a long time. Therefore, former president of the club, Merve Koseoglu, was appointed as the National Activity Coordinator of MD118. Each district chose National Activity Coordinator. Those coordinators had many online meetings until the activity day. District National Activity Coordinators organized regular meetings with Leo Clubs and Leo Market staff in their districts. They organized almost everything related to the activity: logo, materials, supply lists, supermarkets and all other.
Almost all materials for the activity, such as t-shirts, caps, pens, supply boxes, stands, banners, etc. are received by sponsorships. Most of the sponsorship was given by our beloved Lions family.
On the activity day, all staff was ready in their mission point very early in the morning. Activity was held in six different cities at the same time (Istanbul-Ankara-Izmir-Canakkale-Antalya-Bursa). Since we had almost 250 staff in the country, they worked in the markets by shifts. Some staff tried to speak with people and tell about the activity and asked for support, and explained Lions in general. Meanwhile, some other Leo Market staff did the counting and packing the supply boxes.
A weekend after, the staff got together once more to deliver the Leo supply packages. We delivered Leo Market packages to headman offices and communicated with people in need.
The results of Leo Market Turkey in numbers are :
- 2161 supply packages
- 2161 household
- Almost 8644 people in need
- Donation amount to €36.000
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The activity was a success story for Turkish Leos. We feel glad and thankful after all, as it reminded us who we are, why we are here and what we are aiming to do. When we, Leos, band together and be of one heart, there is almost nothing impossible. As we always said, “Together, we are stronger!”
On behalf of MD 118 Turkey