Bridlington Lions Club marked World Sight Day on October 10th 2012 with a promotional display in the Promenades Shopping Centre which provided information on the importance of having regular eye tests. The local optometrist is able to pick up sight threatening eye conditions and problems such as Glaucoma, Cataracts, Diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration and can also detect signs of other conditions including Diabetes, High blood pressure, Thyroid problems, Auto immune disorders and Pituitary tumours all through an eye test so make sure you’re all up to date and get tested every two years.
To celebrate Guide Dogs Week (October 6th-14th 2012) we had Mr & Mrs Derek Wardle of Bridlington with their two Guide Dogs Kibo and Oake they are both Golden Labradors and were a great hit with shoppers in the Promenades who were introduced to the dogs and were amazed at their intelligence and gentle temperaments. Kibo is 2years old and is the working dog supporting Mr Wardle while Oake who is 11 years old is enjoying his retirement after many years of service to the family.
Bridlington Lions Club actively support The Lions Sight Savers Trust through regular monetary donations which are used to provide Cataract operations, the training of Ophthalmic medical nurses and ongoing eye care services in Africa and Asia. The Lions are directly supporting Dr Vender Hoek an Ophthalmic surgeon from Scarborough who will be performing cataract operations in Cameroon which have been very successful on previous visits particularly in children.
The club has been able to support Simon Wood from Bridlington who works in Specsavers in the town and will be working with the charity Vision Aid Overseas in Mongu (Zambia) during December 2012 where he will be training local eye care workers in the technical aspects of ophthalmic dispensing such as provision of correct spectacles from a prescription and the cutting, adjusting and fitting of lenses.
Bridlington Lions Club will continue to support the collection and recycling of old spectacles and through the location of the Lions recycling bins in all of the Bridlington opticians we were able to send off 4000 pairs of specs last year which were then cleaned and regraded in Chichester before being shipped to France prior to their distribution to countries in the developing world. Thank you to all the people of Bridlington for all the help and remember if you have any old pairs of spectacles lying around the house then drop them in the Lions recyling bins and we will make sure that they can benefit a person in need in Africa or Asia.
Did you know that Lions have been involved with Sight issues since 1925 when Helen Keller challenged all Lions to become “the knights of the blind” and we have been supporting these causes ever since and it was through the Lions that in 1930 the white cane was introduced for blind people and is still in use today.
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