Lions – knights of the blind in the cru­sade against dark­ness

Jamaica Gleaner - - LIONS IN ACTION -

LION MARVIN O. Grant was born in Guyana, the beau­ti­ful land of many wa­ters.

His ca­reer as a med­i­cal tech­nol­o­gist span over two decades. Af­ter serv­ing in su­per­vi­sory po­si­tions at the Ge­orge­town Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Lab­o­ra­tory and the Fitz St Rose Med­i­cal Cen­ter (St Lu­cia), Lion Marvin re­lo­cated to The Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­land where he now works at the Medi­cure Lab­o­ra­tory as the lead tech­nol­o­gist.

In 2002 at Medi­cure Ltd, Lion Marvin met his men­tor and spon­sor, the late Lion Theodore Skeete MJF, PRC, who in­vited him to a Lions meet­ing. Later that year, Lion Marvin joined the Lions Club of Tor­tola and since then his pas­sion, ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to serv­ing hu­man­ity has earned him sev­eral awards

from his club, dis­trict and LCI, in­clud­ing a key award, Lion of the Year (three times), and a Melvin Jones Fel­low­ship.

At club level, he has served in all po­si­tions ex­cept that of trea­surer, Tail Twister and Leo ad­viser.

At dis­trict level, he has served as dis­trict chair­man and as­so­ci­ate; zone chair­man, Re­gion 2 chair­man, vice-gov­er­nor and gov­er­nor for Dis­trict 60B.

He is a proud grad­u­ate of the 2012 re­gional Lions Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute. Leos from the New Kingston Club car­ry­ing out sight-screen­ing tests. HE­LEN KELLER, born in 1880, be­came blind and deaf at the age of 18 months. As an adult, she be­came a tire­less ad­vo­cate for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. In 1923, she at­tended the Lions Clubs In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion and chal­lenged Lions to be­come ‘knights of the blind in the cru­sade against dark­ness’.

Lions across the world have ac­cepted her chal­lenge, and our work since then has made sight pro­grammes aimed at pre­ventable blindness a ma­jor part of our brand. Our work in­volves work­ing on projects de­signed to pre­vent blindness, re­store eye­sight and im­prove eye health and eye care for mil­lions of peo­ple world­wide. Sight preser­va­tion re­mains one of our defin­ing causes. Lions around the world are ac­tively in­volved in: I Re­cy­cling glasses. I Sup­port­ing Lions eye banks which pro­vide eye tis­sue for sight-sav­ing surg­eries,

Screen­ing the vi­sion of thou­sands of peo­ple an­nu­ally.

Pro­vid­ing treat­ment for peo­ple at high risk of los­ing their vi­sion.

In Ja­maica, there are ap­prox­i­mately 27,000 blind peo­ple. Eighty per cent of our pop­u­la­tion ex­pe­ri­ence low vi­sion. Lions recog­nise that 80 per cent of blindness is pre­ventable. We there­fore spend hours on screen­ing and ed­u­ca­tion of our peo­ple of all ages.

We have to work closely with all our valu­able part­ners, like the Ja­maica So­ci­ety for the Blind. The non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble chronic dis­eases re­main an is­sue in this re­gion. We there­fore have to sup­port health­care providers in en­cour­ag­ing our peo­ple to main­tain a healthy life­style and ad­here to med­i­ca­tion, if pre­scribed. Blindness is pre­ventable and as Lions we will con­tinue to work hard to pre­vent it. Lion Dr Blos­som Anglin-Brown, Dis­trict Chair­man, Sight Conservation and Blindness Prevention.

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A mem­ber of the Cana­dian Vi­sion Care team con­duct­ing sight tests at a health fair in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Mon­tego Bay Lions Club.

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