Wilfredo Desulovich Caceres: A life dedicated to helping others

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 Barranco Lions Club has given him, his vision of the importance of giving without expecting to receive anything in return, among other topics.

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.

Lions Wilfredo Desulovich, Renato Lértora and Alejandro Semorile, during a ceremony for the change of the Board of Directors of the Barranco Lions Club

Wilfredo and a group of children with hearing impairments, during the olympics for children with disabilities organized by the Barranco Lions Club.

What are the greatest satisfactions you have derived from dedicating a large part of your life to serving others?

 

For example, we once organized a championship of different disciplines for people with disabilities. I set out to bring together 1,000 people with disabilities and we reached 1,000. We also hired mobility to transport them from various parts of the city. People were brought and the championship was held. I was very pleased to see people performing in different activities. These are satisfactions that fill you up and give you life.

 

Of all the Lions you have met in your career, whether in the Barranco Lions Club or others, do you remember a particular person who has marked you?

 

The Lion Hugo Blanco was the one who motivated me to join the Lions Club. He taught me the life of Lionism and serving others.

 

Could you share an anecdote about your time in the Lions Club?

 

When I joined the Lions Club, while I was being inducted, my wife was giving birth. I will never forget that, because at the birth of my son Gustavo, I was “giving birth” at the club induction.

What values or personal characteristics should a person have in order to serve others?

 

To serve others what is needed is to have the gift of giving, not to expect to receive something in return, but to give. I take a loaf of bread and give it to someone. That is a satisfaction and that is what one must teach: to give.

 

What advice would you give to people who have the vocation or the interest to support others, but are not yet encouraged to do so?

 

For example, because many years ago we distributed toys together with a group of friends that I took to the activity, then their children have continued that work and even today they take toys for Christmas and organize themselves to help. So we have to encourage people to give something. Life is not a matter of receiving, but of giving. That’s how we can achieve the goals we set for ourselves.

 

Interview by Juan Carlos Ugarelli

The Lion Wilfredo welcomes us in his house, where we talk about his life of service.

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