Lions eye special day

Each year hundreds of Lions clubs around the world hold vision screenings, community education programs, eyeglass collections and other special projects to mark Lions World Sight Day.

Our local annual sight screening project started on 5 October and will continue today and every school day for the next five weeks.

Lions and area doctors will visit our schools to examine the eyes of all first year children entering our primary and high schools.

Lions World Sight Day was created in 1998 to spotlight the importance of eradicating preventable and reversible blindness and improving sight.

While this year marks the eighth annual LWSD, it is the 20th year for our schools vision screening program.

Each year we have identified children as having vision problems before those children, their parents or teachers were a wear there was a problem.

As we mark Lions World Sight today, 13 October, I invite you to pause, reflect or research the work of your local Lions Clubs.

Our goal is to stamp out preventable and reversible blindness in the Cayman Islands.

I am taking this opportunity to appeal to all parents, please work with us to reach this target.

I sincerely thank those of you who have supported this cause in the past. There is still a great deal of work to be done, we need your help and continued support.

If your child is identified as having a vision problem please have further consultation on the matter.

If your child is fitted with glasses make sure that they wear them as they should.

Our annual testing has shown many children are fitted with glasses but do not wear them because in some schools it is not cool to be wearing glasses.

Your child’s teacher may be willing to help you in keeping track of this problem.

We are always happy to receive used eye glasses for our international recycling program. You can make financial contributions to the club directly or by deposits in any of our collections cans you may see at various business locations across the islands. Lions clubs are always happy to receive volunteers to assist with any of our many service projects.

Today as we strive to achieve our goal of stamping out preventable and reversible blindness in the Cayman Island, I would put this question to you, is there anything you can do to help us achieve our goal?

If so, you can speak with any Lions member about how to help.

Lions are normal members of your community who made a commitment to serve the less fortunate, we welcome any assistance we can give.

Walton Gooding, President Lions Club of Grand Cayman

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