Lions International Blood Research Appeal (Libra)

LIBRA, the Lions International Blood Research Appeal, was conceived more than 40 years ago when, in 1976, the then District Governor Ian Scott Mackenzie of 105-SE was told of the urgent need for funding for the Haematology Unit at Kings College Hospital where invaluable research and treatment was being carried out in haemophilia, leukaemia and sickle cell disease.

Fund-raising began, thanks in part to a rallying 'Cry for Help' in THE LION, which was then in the care of PDG Colin Durham. Essential equipment was purchased, a Charitable Trust was set up, and a close relationship, which exists to this day, developed between the Lions of 105-SE and the Haemotology Unit.