The New Amsterdam Lions Club, in keeping with activities for Blindness Awareness Month, held a Journey-for-Sight walk on Saturday around New Amsterdam, followed by an informative discussion at the Lions Den in Vryman’s Erven.
The aim was to heighten awareness of the Lions Club, and the Sight-First Project, the flag-ship service project of Lions Club International. During the march, donations were also solicited from the public to boost the operation of organization’s eye clinic.
According to President of the N/A Lions Club, Marilyn La Rose, the eye clinic at the Lions den is usually in session every Monday, Wednesday and Friday where persons from the community can visit to access eye tests and treatment as well as acquire spectacles.
She added that the clinic also repairs, balances and changes arms of spectacles, as well as puts in nose-pads.
The discussion on Saturday enlightened those who attended about eye diseases that can impair vision, such as glaucoma. A registration fee of $500 is charged to persons who want to access eye-care from the Lions Club Clinic.
This fee is used to pay electricity and other costs. However, those who cannot afford, such as the elderly and persons with a lot of children, would not be charge the fee.
The President said that the client base of the N/A Lions Club Clinic has declined since the National Ophthalmology Hospital opened its doors at Port Mourant.
“Our attendance here has been less, but we work in collaboration with the Ophthalmology centre and N/A hospital which also has an eye facility,” she noted.
La Rose said that she was not pleased that school children were not able to be a part of Saturday’s march around the town and discussion after many tries in writing letters to the Regional Education Department in New Amsterdam.
“We normally have the schools. The approval was not given so we could not get the children here. We addressed the letter to the Regional Education Officer [Mrs Shafiran Bhajan] but she was never there, but the persons there, we tried, and tried and tried but we did not get the approval.
“This is the second time we having such a disappointment”, she added.
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