Knights of the blind in central Jamaica
THE LIONS CLUB OF CLARENDON
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’.