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The Pi­ton Lions Club is host­ing a Grand Tea Party Fun for Sight, Sun­day De­cem­ber 7th, 2014.

This ac­tiv­ity is a spe­cial an­nual event, or­ga­nized by the Pi­ton Lions Club, to raise funds to support the Kids In­sight Project (KIS); a project of St. Lu­cia Blind Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion [SLBWA], Lions Clubs of St. Lu­cia, and the Eye In­sti­tute of the Univer­sity of West Vir­ginia.

From in­cep­tion in 2003 to date, Kids In­sight has pro­vided a va­ri­ety of Pae­di­atric Oph­thalmic in­ter­ven­tions which in­clude di­ag­nos­tic, sur­gi­cal, treat­ment and low vi­sion aids, to thou­sands of St. Lu­cian chil­dren gratis.

This amaz­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian ser­vice called Kids In­sight is be­ing de­liv­ered by a team of vol­un­teers from the Eye In­sti­tute of WVU, con­sist­ing of Pae­di­atric Oph­thal­mol­o­gist, Cataract, Glau­coma, Reti­nal Spe­cial­ists, and Oc­u­lar Plas­tic Sur­geon. It also in­cludes ed­u­ca­tion, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, braille and low vi­sion spe­cial­ists. The team vis­its St. Lu­cia once or twice (de­pend­ing on needs) per year.

The Kids In­sight co­or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tee is ex­tremely grate­ful for the co­op­er­a­tion and tan­gi­ble support of the fol­low­ing: Gov­ern­ment, Min­istries of Health and Ed­u­ca­tion, Com­mu­nity Nurs­ing Ser­vice, Vic­to­ria and St. Jude Hos­pi­tals, Cus­toms, Lions In­ter­na­tional, Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ties of St. Lu­cia and West Vir­ginia. Their col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort helps to sus­tain KIS.

Eye Health Of­fi­cer, Nurse Denise Godin, re­ported that 165 chil­dren have been se­lected for the Kids In­sight 2015 visit, slated for Jan­uary 27th through Fe­bru­ary 10th.

So, let’s all cel­e­brate the “Grand Tea Party Fun for Sight”. The cost of EC$75 cov­ers good lo­cal eats and en­ter­tain­ment. Per­for­mances will be by TC Brown, Ashanti, Al­ley Cat, Vis­ually Im­paired band, Tree C, Wed­nes­day, plus many other per­for­mances and attractions.

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