Eye-ing a dream

IN July last year, Lions Clubs in Malaysia embarked on a quest to set up a Lions Eye Clinic in Kuala Lumpur. To realise this dream, all 97 Lions Clubs in District 308 B1 were challenged to raise RM1mil through various fundraising events.

The eye clinic, which is the brainchild of District Governor Dr J.P. Kamalanathan, aims to restore sight to the poor and the elderly by performing free cataract operations, using intra-ocular lens (IOL) implantation.

The soft launch of the eye clinic, located within the premises of Malaysian Allied Health Sciences Academy (MAHSA) College in Petaling Jaya, was held on Dec 27, 2007. However, it was recently opened by Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai. The event was all the more meaningful because it commemorated 50 years of Lionism in Malaysia.

The long-term goal is to transform the eye clinic to a full-fledged Lions Eye Hospital. Similar eye clinics will soon be set up in Kota Baru, Kelantan, and Johor Baru.

For details on the eye clinic, or to contribute, call Chan Hoi (019-912 3868) or Elaine Tan (012-2289052).

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