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Lions Club of St Andrew keeping youth vision alive

Published:Tuesday | January 27, 2015 | 1:00 AM

The Lions Club of St Andrew is pointing to opportunities to conduct vision testing as its signal contribution towards Jamaica's youth.

"Give us vision lest we perish", a segment of the Jamaican national anthem, and "the youth are the future of any nation", are mandates members of the Lions Club have indicated they take seriously.

"The early detection of vision defects, especially among children and young adults, has a significant impact on their personal future and that of their country," the Lions Club said.

Last Thursday, four members of the club travelled to the West Rural St Andrew community of Parkes Road to the Allman Hill Primary and Junior High School, to conduct a vision assessment exercise on the student population.

The school has an enrolment of 167 students, ranging in age from six to 16, and the members of the Lions Club, were able to visually assess almost the entire student population, using state-of-the-art vision-screening equipment.

According to the school's principal, Georgia Henry, she has suspected that several of her students turn up at school with visual defects, and sometimes these issues manifest themselves in the child showing little or no interest in learning. She was grateful for the timely intervention of the Lions Club of St Andrew and thanked the members for their invaluable contribution.

Speaking on behalf of the club, first Vice-President Keris Harper expressed her delight at being able to provide the service, and said she hoped the club would return at a later date to re-evaluate the students.