Lions Clubs International spokesperson
LIONS Clubs International continues to be a world leader in sight saving initiatives.
Millions of US Dollars from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) have provided hundreds of millions of cataract procedures, trained personnel, built and equipped eye hospitals and diabetic retinopathy programmes…
Lions Clubs International
In South Africa, Lions are dedicated to the eradication of preventable blindness. Utilising a Sight First Grant of US$90 000 from LCIF we are partnering with Groote Schuur Hospital Opthalmology in the Western Cape Lions Sight First Cataract Project assisting those on their waiting list. Initiated by Lions in 2000, it has received three years of Lions financial support with annual targets of over 1000 cataract surgeries.
Opthalmology Head Professor Colin Cook says “This is an important component of the clinical service delivery for the Cape Town Metropole contributing a significant part of the cataract surgery done here”. The project also provides important surgery training.
Lions Recycle For Sight
Good eye care and healthy sight is the focus of World Sight Month. In support of this, Growthpoint Properties is running an eye care drive until the middle of November in five of their shopping centres: Constantia Village, Longbeach Mall, Middestad Mall, MontClare Place and Golden Acre. Shoppers are encouraged to drop off their unwanted spectacles in collection boxes.
The lenses and frames will be reused by Lions Operation Brightsight a sophisticated lens recycling centre. Once checked and graded the spectacles are reissued through Lions Clubs.
Lions spectacle collection boxes are to be found at libraries, schools, community centres and optometrists’ consulting rooms..
Community Based Eye Care Workers Project
This innovative multipurpose project brings essential sight services to previously neglected communities and creates employment for matriculated school leavers.
The eye care workers’ training, under the control and supervision of the Jonga Trust, is largely funded by District 410A Lions Clubs.
Wearing Lions branded shirts the eye care workers are our Sight Saving Ambassadors as they spread the message about clinics, assist with those services and monitor residents on medical treatment.
Early identification of sight problems in young children and the prevention of curable blindness are most important.
Of the 321 clients screened at the Khayelitsha Eye Clinic 247 received reading spectacles, 8 clients were referred for further eye care and 25 learners received spectacles.
Since opening the clinic has screened 865 clients of which 129 were children. From this month Lions Clubs will have the unique opportunity to host their own Community Eye Screening Clinics thus extending this service to many more less privileged areas.
This brings a new dimension to Lions serving local communities. A Tokai Lions initiative the CBECW project will save and improve the sight of millions of South Africans.