Knights of the blind in cen­tral Ja­maica


Jamaica Gleaner - - FEATURE -

THE LI­ONS Club of Claren­don was char­tered in 1970 and is lo­cated on Foga Road, May Pen, on lands do­nated by Ja­malco. The club pro­vides ser­vice to the com­mu­nity through var­i­ous out­reach ac­tiv­i­ties, such as sight clin­ics, do­na­tion of meals and cloth­ing for the home­less, sup­port­ing pro­grammes for the el­derly and in­di­gent, col­lab­o­rat­ing with other or­gan­i­sa­tions in their so­cial out­reach ac­tiv­i­ties, to name a few.

Sight preser­va­tion is dear to the club’s heart and these pro­grammes are ex­e­cuted in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a num­ber of over­seas or­gan­i­sa­tions and lo­cal part­ners. Stu­dents Vol­un­teer­ing Oph­thalmic Ser­vice to Hu­man­ity pro­vided ser­vice up to 2011; and Cana­dian Vi­sion Care vis­its an­nu­ally.

The club of­fers eye surg­eries (re­moval of cataracts and ptery­gium) an­nu­ally through the gen­eros­ity of Lion Dr Arnold Pearl­stone and Amer­iCares Foun­da­tion (USA). Dr Pearl­stone headed the mis­sion, and along with his late wife, Mar­ion, pro­vided ser­vice for over 20 years; he handed over to Dr Brock Ma­gruder and his team in 2011. This part­ner­ship is now over 25 years old. We ap­plaud the after-care pro­vided to our pa­tients; in the ear­lier years by Dr May­nard McIn­tosh and cur­rently by Dr Rad­hika Mu­ru­gaiyan.

The Li­ons Club of Claren­don is ex­tremely grate­ful to its many bene­fac­tors who help to en­sure that we con­tinue to live our motto, ‘We Serve’.

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