LIONS CLUB OF KINGSTON Sight Foundation
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.