LI­ONS CLUB OF KINGSTON Sight Foun­da­tion

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THE LION’S Club of Kingston has led in cham­pi­oning sight con­ser­va­tion with its main em­pha­sis on sight con­ser­va­tion and work with the blind. The club was the first to start a city-wide cam­paign to test school­child­ren ages nine-13 years for vis­ual de­fects, as well as the first to ar­range for oph­thal­mol­o­gists, un­der the di­rec­tion of Lion Dr Al­bert Lock­hart, to con­duct eye clin­ics in ru­ral town­ships and re­fer pa­tients to the KPH for cor­rec­tive surg­eries. This con­tin­ued, un­in­ter­rupted, yearly for the first 10 years of the club’s ex­is­tence.

In 1975, Lion Dr Al­bert Lock­hart helped to re­cruit an oph­thal­mol­o­gist, Dr Kr­ishna Murthy Mani, from Bom­bay, In­dia, to work full­time

with the Li­ons Club of Kingston.

The club, recog­nis­ing that it was im­por­tant to adopt a

strate­gic ap­proach to its sight con­ser­va­tion pro­gramme and work with the blind, formed the Sight Foun­da­tion, which fa­cil­i­tated con­tin­u­ous en­gage­ment in sight screen­ing pro­grammes for school­child­ren and adults in se­lected com­mu­ni­ties. This ef­fort was en­hanced with an out­reach pro­gramme through a ra­dio call-in pro­gramme aired on Thurs­day nights ti­tled ‘Come See With Us’.

The Sight Foun­da­tion has also es­tab­lished li­ai­son with Bas­combe Palmer In­sti­tute in Florida to help some pa­tients who could not be han­dled suc­cess­fully in Ja­maica, and started an efforts to es­tab­lish an eye bank to which peo­ple can do­nate their eyes for eye trans­plant.

The Li­ons Club of Kingston, in re­spond­ing to the chal­lenge of He­len Keller to be ‘knights of the blind’, con­tin­ues to strive to de­velop the Sight Foun­da­tion in ser­vice to the peo­ple of Ja­maica.

Cana­dian High Com­mis­sioner vis­its Sight Foun­da­tion.

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