Act of kind­ness sees pupils ben­e­fit from free eye tests

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An act of kind­ness and gen­eros­ity saw about 100 Grade 4 pupils get their eyes tested free of charge by Dean Radue and his car­ing team at the Port Al­fred branch of DM Radue Op­tometrists.

Jo­han van der Merwe and Chu­misa Magopeni from DM Radue Op­tometrists trav­elled to Ikam­vale­sizwe Com­bined School in Ken­ton to test chil­dren’s vi­sion. Th­ese chil­dren fall un­der the JOT (Je­sus Our Teacher) Read­ing Club pro­gramme that is pre­sented at the school as an ex­tra-mural ac­tiv­ity.

Mar­ian Rousseau, who is part of the JOT read­ing pro­gramme, said it was very rare in our so­ci­ety to­day to have peo­ple do­ing th­ese acts of kind­ness, and when they do they need to be ap­pre­ci­ated.

“In Jack Can­field and Mark Vic­tor Hansen’s Chicken Soup series of books, one comes across many ran­dom acts of kind­ness. Th­ese gen­er­ous deeds are done by some­one or a group of peo­ple ex­clu­sively for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers.

“Amaz­ingly, the donors do not ex­pect any com­pen­sa­tion,” Rousseau said.

“In this tough world, it is ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous to know that ran­dom acts of kind­ness are not only hap­pen­ing some­where out there, but are also tak­ing place in our very own back­yard.”

She said they had iden­ti­fied pupils in need of fur­ther eye test­ing and they will also be choos­ing their frames and all of this was done free of charge.

She thanked Radue Op­tometrists for their kind­ness.

“Now that the screen­ing is com­plete, Van der Merwe has iden­ti­fied a group of pupils in need of fur­ther eye test­ing at the Port Al­fred prac­tice.

“The very able of­fice man­ager, Dean, has helped us to co­or­di­nate times and dates and one group of chil­dren have al­ready been for vis­ual as­sess­ment.

“Of this group, some chil­dren have en­thu­si­as­ti­cally cho­sen their frames for their new spec­ta­cles which they will re­ceive free of charge,” Rousseau said.

“Thank you so to all at Radue Op­tometrists. JOT re­ally ap­pre­ci­ates you mak­ing time to not only help our chil­dren with eye screen­ing, but to in­ter­act with them in a friendly, car­ing way that af­firms their per­sonal worth. We sa­lute you,” she said.

Pic­ture: NTOMBI MSUTU

FREE EYE TESTS: DM Radue Op­tometrists as­sis­tants Glo­ria Msipha, left, and Chu­misa Magopeni, right, with Ikam­vale­sizwe Com­bined School pupils who were tested for a new pair of spec­ta­cles re­cently, from left front row, Si­ne­sihle Mx­ube, Aphelele Njok­weni and Ah­lume Ntakana, and back row, Silin­dokuhle Marhan­qwana, Oyama Me­mani, Lukhany­iso Bur­ton and Ayab­ulela Man­gele

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