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Lions Roar: Vision Screenings

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Photo Contributed by Molokai Lions Club

Molokai Lions Club News Release

February was a big month for vision screening on Molokai. On Feb. 3-4, the Molokai Lions Club did their yearly school vision screening. Lion volunteers along with Doctors Karsten Lee and Carlys Higuchi from Maui Optix screened 395 children in four elementary schools and four preschools. Twelve children were found to have a possible problem and the school health aid will refer that finding to the parent.

This service has been going strong for many years and it’s been enhanced in the last several years with the help of the Maui doctors. Your support of the Lions Annual Walk for Sight helps the club defray the air cost for the doctors. They volunteer their time away from their Maui practice.

The Big Bus was in town the first of February as well. Project Vision Hawaii brought their Vision Van to Molokai Feb. 5-9. The van’s visit is sponsored and scheduled by the Molokai Lions Club. The van’s mission is to provide a comprehensive vision screening, free of charge, to any and all who visit the various sites.

This year, Lions were able to schedule the van at two of the island’s largest employers, Mycogen Seeds and Monsanto.  At these sites volunteers were able to screen more than 100 people.  Over the five days, members screened 335 people.

Special thanks goes out to Lyndon Dela Cruz and Makoa Trucking for their help.  Lyndon volunteered to move the van wherever we needed it and Makoa Trucking provided movement on and off Young Brothers barge as well as providing secure storage when the Van was not in use.  Their help was instrumental in the success of the visit. The administrators at Project Vision were very pleased with the visit to Molokai and plan to return as long as there is a need on our island.


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