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Eye Sight Conservation Trust

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As you may have heard, Lions worldwide are known as “Knights of the Blind”.  In 1925, Helen Keller Challenged Lions at their International Convention to lead the world in preventing blindness and providing support to those living with loss of eyesight.  The pandemic has limited many of our community activities. However, the Guelph Lions club has been able to continue to focus its resources on this tradition of eyesight conservation.

  1. When Covid restrictions allow, we look forward to once again, in partnership with the Wellington -Dufferin Guelph Public Health Unit to provide Vision Screening to 2000 kindergarten students annually.
  2. We continue to provide free prescription eyeglasses, in cooperation with LensCrafters Optical, to those in Guelph with financial needs.   The need for prescription eyeglasses remains high.
  3. For the past 3 decades, we have provided the Guelph General Hospital with leading-edge ophthalmology eye equipment.  Most recently, The Club donated a state-of-the-art Cataract microscope and currently considering the purchase of an ophthalmology laser.  This will enable the General to increase their efficiency and efficacy of eye surgery and overall eye care.
  4. We continue to directly support blind and partially sighted persons of all ages by supporting the cost of magnifying glasses, talking book playback machines and other specialized technology such as smart phones with specific applications to assist with reading and navigation throughout their community.  
  5. The Club is nearing the completion of the $50,000 five-year pledge to assist the University of Guelph to purchase and install break through technology enabling blind persons to independently navigate throughout the campus and indoor facilities making it the first University in Canada to provide blind person with this level of freedom of movement.  We recently provided the University of Guelph a further $14,000 to warn blind persons through their smart phones of oncoming and parked silent electronic campus delivery vehicles  criss-crossing the campus.
  6. The Guelph Lions Club has made a commitment that every blind and partially sighted person in Guelph can pursue an education, find employment, and while working with partners to ensure that everyone receives the very best in eye health care. We can make that commitment with your donations and support.  Every dollar you donate goes towards these projects – all the administrative costs are covered by the Lions personally.

If you have any questions or want more information about the Guelph Lions Club please contact us at info@guelphlionsclub.org  or 519-341-3575

Below is a picture of a Daisy Reader and a digital magnifier

Daisy Reader and Digital Magnifier