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Public urged to support Lions Club fundraiser to defray costs of eyecare for Saint Lucian children

By SLBWA

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(PRESS RELEASE) — The Piton Lions is gearing up for its 10th annual family activity aimed at raising funds to support the Kids Insight Project.

A Kids Insight visit is scheduled for January 2020 and in order to ensure that the event is a success the Piton Lions of the Lions Club of Saint Lucia is once again rallying the public to support its Grand Tea Party – Fun For Sight initiative.

The event normally has a broad-based appeal as it is hosted at the award-winning and historic Fond Doux Plantation Resorts in Soufriere.

Organizers are therefore looking forward to a very good response from the public in support of this worthy cause and promise a very entertaining and fun-filled afternoon on Sunday, December 1, 2019.

The packed agenda, which includes a sumptuous lunch, is all for $85 for adults and $43 for children under 15. Additionally, there is an impressive line-up of favourite local artistes including TC Brown, Jim ‘Coco’ Snow, Ashanti, Nintus, Alley Cat, Cowboy Eddie, Avont Service, and the visually-impaired Major Tone Band, among many other exciting acts, all carded for the day.

The funds raised from the tea party (Dec. 1) will help defray costs associated with a visit to the island by a committed team of ophthalmic specialists from West Virginia, USA. They have volunteered their time and expertise over the years to help children in Saint Lucia who suffer from a range of pediatric eye conditions. Children benefit from corrective eye surgeries and other medical, educational and rehabilitative support.

Executive Director of the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA), Mr. Anthony Avril, said: “Those specialized eye procedures and treatments are very, very costly and by the time families factor in travel, accommodation and other expenses to go abroad to seek medical attention for their children, it would be prohibitive for most families. So that is why we have implemented this programme in partnership with the local Lions Clubs and the Eye Institute of the University of West Virginia where the experts come to us and gift us their services at no charge. We have the glowing reviews from parents and we know this project helps tremendously in actually transforming lives by saving the eyesight of the children, and so we ask that the public patronize the Piton Lions Tea Party in their efforts to support the Kids Insight programme.”

Tickets are available at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Soufriere, the SLBWA Office in Castries, and from Lions Club members.

Parents of children who have been previous beneficiaries of the Kids Insight Programme and would wish to arrange follow–up visits with the team are asked to contact the SLBWA at 452-4691/4519063 for more information.

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