New Stamps from France

100 Years of  Lions International

france lions club stampIts motto, “Serve”, earned it a UN appointment – of which it is an advisory member – the world’s leading humanitarian organization. One hundred years later, 1,400,000 members cover 210 countries and regions on five continents. In France, 27,000 members in 1,200 clubs have four main objectives:
– Safeguarding the view with the creation of the white cane, schools of guide dogs, setting up screening for eye diseases and diabetes, as well as sound libraries.

– Actions aimed at youth in difficulty, which take the form of holiday centers, cultural and educational promotion, measles eradication, participation in the Telethon since the beginning.

– Preservation of the environment through tree planting, waste recovery and well construction in Africa.

– Finally, the fight against hunger with the collection of food for the Food Bank.A total of 1.5 million hours of “self-giving” and a € 20 million harvest are provided by the Lions de France annually.

Issue Date: 29.05.2017 Designer: Sophie Beaujard Process: Offset Size: 30 x 40.85 mm Values: 0.85€

Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer

france ship stampThe SNSM was created by the merger of two former “societies” created in the 19th century, the Central Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked Ships and the Society of Breton Hospital Brethren, which structured the old principle of solidarity between seafarers for the benefit of all Professions.

The merger of 1967 took into account in particular the profound change in maritime activities since the post-war period, linked in particular to the considerable development of recreational and pleasure craft.

Nevertheless, the SNSM remains faithful to this principle of solidarity which is expressed in the volunteer commitment of sea rescuers. 7,000 volunteers have joined the association; 4,400 of them are on board and are permanently ready to intervene at the order of the maritime authorities for the benefit of people in difficulty at sea. They are divided between 218 “rescue stations” on the coast, including overseas. Implement nearly 400 boats of all types. At their side, 1,300 young “lifeguard swimmers”, trained by SNSM, are each year made available to municipalities to ensure safety on their beaches.

Each year, rescuers at sea provide assistance to around 8,000 people and provide assistance to 22,000 people on the beaches.

Issue Date: 26.05.2017 Designer: Bruno Ghiringhelli Process: Heliogravure Size: 30 x 40.85 mm Values: 0.85€

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