Lions World Sight Day 2016
Lions World Sight Day 2016 @ Anchorvale CC
(Reported by Lion James Ko)
This year’s annual LSSC eye screening service project, “Lions World Sight Day 2016” was successfully conducted on 2 Oct 2016 at Anchorvale Community Club. This event was tied in with the LCI World Service Day for the month of October. The Guset of Honour who graced the event was Dr Lam Pin Min, Minister of State for Health, together with the special guest, LCI District 308-A1 Centennial District Governor Gilbert Tan.
It was the collective effort of Lions Savesight Centre, Singapore National Eye Centre, Sengkang West Grassroots Leaders, Anchorvale CC and various Lions Clubs of Singapore volunteers. Prior to the event date, the LWSD organizing committee led by Team Leader, Lion James Ko held several team meetings to discuss the logistics support and preparations. The eye screening pre-registration started in the month of July and by end September, there were about 560 seniors from Sengkang West constituency who have pre-registered with the CC & RCs. Some 100 seniors turned up to register on the actual eye screening day, making a total of 660 seniors who have their eye screened, this is the highest number recorded for LWSD service project.
Approximately 50 Lions volunteers from various Lions Clubs of Singapore (including Lions Clubs who make sponsorship donations) and 27 volunteers from grassroots leaders/members from Sengkang West constituency were on site to assist in the ushering, registration process, dispensing prescribed reading glass (if needed) and gave seniors each a goodie bag which contains eye-care brochures, bun, an apple and mineral water, after their eye screening was completed.
The event was also covered and reported by Channel News Asia, see http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/government-considers-expanding-eye-screening-for-diabetics/3173636.html?cid=fbcna , the news mentioned “Speaking at an eye-screening event for some 500 residents in Sengkang at Anchorvale Community Club on Sunday (Oct 2), Minister of State for Health, Dr Lam Pin Min, who also leads a workgroup to identify areas of improvement for the clinical management of diabetes, said the Government wants to beef up efforts to target complications of diabetes. This includes diabetic retinopathy, which is the top cause of blindness among working-age adults in Singapore”.
This year’s LWSD sponsorship received from individual Lions Clubs members & non Lions, Sengkang West AAC, District 308-A1 and 49 participating Lions Clubs reached a record sum of $25,130.
The LSSC Lions Souvenir/Gifts project team put up a stall to sell lions souvenir toys to raise fund for LSSC projects.
Our Centennial District Governor Gilbert Tan presented the District bannerettes to Dr Lam Pin Min, Lion James Ko, Team Leader LWSD, Lion Charity Wai, Deputy Chairman LSSC and Mr Foong Whye Sum, Chairman AAC/SCEC Sengkang West Constituency.
There was a visit by a senior Lion from Thailand, Past District Governor Phaisan Phetrojana from Lions Club of Bangkok Bangkhen (District 310-E) who came to observe the event and he was very impressed with our well organized LWSD eye screening project.