Spec­ta­cles plea to aid Sri Lanka

South Western Times - - News -

Bun­bury op­tometrist Michelle Piotrowski is call­ing on the com­mu­nity to do­nate un­wanted spec­ta­cles as she pre­pares to travel to Sri Lanka in De­cem­ber to deliver eye care to re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.

She will join a team of 14 vol­un­teers ex­pected to ex­am­ine 500 to 6000 pa­tients a day dur­ing the week-long project and dis­pense 3000 pairs of glasses.

Ms Piotrowski said im­prov­ing sight would help to sup­port the women to weave fab­ric and sort rice grains, men to con­tinue their farm­ing and fish­ing, and chil­dren to con­tinue their study.

She en­cour­aged peo­ple to drop do­nated glasses to the Specs 2-4-1 store or at the Don­ny­brook-Balin­gup Shire Coun­cil of­fice.

“What ap­peals to me is to be able to de­vote my time to give back to peo­ple who don’t have ac­cess to eye care,” she said.

“The won­der­ful part is that all the op­tometrists at­tend­ing are self­funded, so any do­na­tions go di­rectly to the glasses or the project.”

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Specs 2-4-1 op­tometrist Michelle Piotri­owski will do­nate her time to deliver eye care to re­mote com­mu­ni­ties in Sri Lanka.

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