Riders cycle for sight

The road from East End to George Town was filled with bikes on Sunday, 9 June, as 77 cyclists rode 17 miles to raise money for equipment to check children’s vision. 

The Lions Club of Grand Cayman organised the “Cycling for Sight” event, which it plans to become an annual bike ride. 

Cyclists set off from Lovers Wall in East End and ended at the Lions Community Centre in George Town.  

“It is encouraging to see the cycling community turn up in great numbers to support such a worthy cause,” said Lion President Ian Callow. “The club could not have had such a successful event without their support to make it happen.” 

Among the riders were Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin and Health Minister Osbourne Bodden. 

Following the ride, a raffle took place at the Lions Community Centre. Prizes included tickets to Miami, sponsored by Cayman Airways, and an iPhone 5 from LIME.  

Riders covered 17 miles to help raise funds to buy a hand-held device for use at the Lions Annual Sight Screening. The SPOT device is geared toward children and specifically screens for several common vision problems.  

It captures results in less than one second, assesses a child’s vision quickly, accurately and objectively and immediately prints a report that indicates whether all measurements are in range or a complete eye exam is recommended. 

The SPOT device will be used at private and public schools throughout the Cayman Islands. Organisers said they had decided to purchase the device because, over the years, the number of students in the schools have increased while the optometrists and ophthalmologists volunteering their time has remained the same. 

The Lions Club thanked doctors Krishna Mani, Natalie da Silva, Elaine Campbell, Mellisa Hudell, Suzanne Howden and Hadai for their years of continued support and volunteering to test the eye sight of children throughout Cayman. 

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Premier Alden McLaughin, in black, gets ready to set off with 76 other cyclists in the “Cycle for Sight” bike ride. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED

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Osbourne Bodden, the new health and sports minister, gets to the finish. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED

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Former Cabinet Secretary Orrett Connor was the winner of an iPhone 5 in the post-ride raffle. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED
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