Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA, in 1880, Helen Keller developed a fever at 18 months of age the left her blind and deaf.
With the help of an exceptional teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan of the Perkins School for the Blind, Keller learned sign language and braille. A Few years later, she learned to speak.
As an audit she became a tireless advocate for people with disabilities. And in 1925, Keller attended the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged Lions to become "KNIGHTS OF THE BLIND IN THE CRUSADE AGAINST DARKNESS."
The Lions accepted Keller's challenge and our work ever since has included sight programs aimed at preventable blindness.
In 1971, the Board of Directors of Lions Clubs International declared that June 1st would be remembered as Helen Keller Day. Lions around the world implement sight-related service projects on Helen Keller Day.
I Pledge my hands - extended and open to help those in need.
I pledge my heart - Reach for it and it will be touched.
I pledge my ears - To hear another's outcry.
I pledge of my self - For the betterment of my community and my country.
My eyes- To see the plight of others.
My Knowledge - To bring a man closer to his dreams.