Lions Club have been consistently on a mission to gift colors, sunsets and vision to the sightless. But persistence is the key to making a change, hence when HelpMeSee (USA) came up with a program to erase blindness through cataract with their technological expertise and the idea of customized techniques for Indian patients. Five Lions Clubs have joined together in Alibag to eliminate cataract blindness in Raigad District, Maharashtra. To this end, the Lions Clubs of Alibag, Alibag-Poynad, Alibag-Mandva, Alibag-Revdanda and Lions Club Chembur Diamonds have united to form a new body–Lions Health Foundation Alibag.
The objectives are to create a reliable database on eye care and to make it a cataract "back log free district" in the state of Maharashtra. Under this Project, HelpMeSee will bring in the latest techniques and standards available to the needy at affordable costs and for the poor, the surgery would be done for free.
Sheetal Teli Ugle, the District Collector, Raigad inaugurated the activity. The event was attended by First Vice District Governor Lion Subhash Balwal and Second Vice District Governor Hanuman Agarwal. From HelpMeSee the President and CEO Mr. Mohan Jacob Thazhathu and Mr.S.Venkatraman, Chief of Campaign & Field Operations were present along with a team of technical personnel including Mr. Matthew Walden from USA. The associated Lions club Presidents Lion Rahul Pradhan, Lion Amish Shirgaokar, Lion Arvind Agarwal, Lion Atul Vartak were present along with Lion S. Venkatramanan, who is coordinating the project along with 250 participants.
Apart from this, a 24x7 tertiary level hospital, the Foundation is looking forward to set up a 'Help Me See Surgical Training Centre. It also proposes a well-equipped club house for its members with facilities for both indoor and outdoor games, meeting rooms and a conference room. The District Collector also inaugurated the Albert Ueltschi Simulator Demo Centre in Alibaug and was felicitated by Lion's Club Alibaug division. Lion volunteers would help in ground level coordination at all levels and in mustering the support of Government and district machinery.
This project aims at spreading awareness about the importance of eye-sight. More than that, it's about helping someone gain small but priceless pleasures like seeing a loved one smile, watching a sunrise and above all, having a vision in life more than just a sight. Let's all pledge to make the world a better place and sign up for eye donations, sooner.