Distance runner makes stop in Marquette

Michl raising awareness, funds for Lions Club International

Republic Lions Club member Pauli Kniivila, 78, at left, and past District Gov. William Michl of Fort Francis, Ontario, run to the Marquette Commons Wednesday where Michl was scheduled to meet and greet the public to help raise awareness and funds for the Lions Clubs International Foundation. (Journal photo by Jaymie Depew)

MARQUETTE — During his 1,300-mile trek around Lake Superior, William Michl, past District Governor of Lions District 5M10, was welcomed in Marquette by residents, other Lions members and Mayor Dave Campana at the Marquette Commons Wednesday morning.

Michl, an experienced marathon runner, left Thunder Bay, Ontario, in July to run the perimeter of Lake Superior to raise awareness and funds for the Lions Club International Foundation.

According to its website, “Lions Club International Foundation provides grant funding to assist Lions districts in developing and implementing large-scale humanitarian projects.”

Funded humanitarian projects include disaster relief, empowering people with disabilities, supporting youth and making quality eye care accessible to those who need it.

In an interview, Michl stated the LCIF offers eye care for children to detect eye disease at an early age.

“We want children strong because they’re our future. We need strong children for a stronger community,” Michl said.

Since the LCIF’s foundation in 1968, more than 13,000 grants have been awarded, totaling more than $1 billion.

Michl believes the organization is especially helpful because “every bit of money given is put right back into helping people.”

Michl, a retired pulp and paper industry worker, has been running an average of 15 miles per day and is set to arrive in Ishpeming today.

To keep up with Michl’s journey around the freshest Great Lake, like “Making Superior Lions” on Facebook or visit www.district10lions .org.

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is jdepew@miningjournal.net