November 14 marked the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Barranco Lions Club. To celebrate this milestone, we decided to interview Mr. Wilfredo Desulovich, who joined the Club 46 years ago and is the longest-serving Lion Member.
At 85 years of age, Wilfredo is an inspiration, as well as an example of leadership and generosity, as he has dedicated his life to serving others, especially the vulnerable. In this conversation, he tells us about the greatest satisfactions that belonging to the Lions Club has given him, his vision of the importance of giving without expecting to receive anything in return, among other topics.
What motivated you to join the Barranco Lions Club 46 years ago?
I joined the Barranco Lions Club 46 years ago because I wanted to help people in need. I loved to organize activities to help others. For example, at Christmas we would gather 100 children and give them toys according to their ages and we would hire a show to entertain the children. We would prepare hot chocolate and hand it out. So, those are satisfactions you get from giving. It is not only a matter of having, but also of giving. And not only giving money, but also giving love, affection, etc. That is what has led me to become a Lion. Even though I am in poor health, I am still a Lion. Likewise, I also belong to the Brotherhood of the Lord of Miracles of Barranco (it’s an image painted of Jesus Christ that is venerated in Lima, Peru). This year I made the proposal to carry and I carried him because I think it may be the last year. I did not carry it for a regulation time, but for half a time, however I gave myself the satisfaction of carrying it.