One in twenty preschool age children in the U.S. has a vision problem that, if left uncorrected, could lead to permanent sight loss sight, according to Prevent Blindness America. The Lions’ “KidSight” program addresses this problem. Over a million children have been screened in 17 states, D.C., and elsewhere, and more are being screened each year. Many of the conditions discovered through this process are easily overlooked by pediatricians and, for some, if treatment isn’t rendered quickly, sufficient damage may be done causing the child never to have normal, healthy vision.
KidSight is one of many programs in pursuing our “We Serve” motto. Our international president established a goal for this Lions’ fiscal year (July 1, 2011 – June 30. 2012) of planting one million trees. Trees prevent erosion, provide wildlife habitat, produce oxygen and provide a host of other benefits. Through the efforts of Lions worldwide, as of January 31, more than seven million trees have been planted. Most of the money for these projects comes from local fundraising efforts and that brings me to a reminder of the upcoming event hosted by San Jose Host Lions.
Our annual “St. Paddy’s Day Bash” will be held on Sunday, March 18, from 4:00 – 7:30 PM at the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center. There will be Irish Step Dancers, a band, terrific Irish food and drink, and great raffle and silent auction items. Adult tickets are $30, kids 8-12 are $12 and it’s free for kids under 8. You can contact Gayle, as noted below, for tickets and/or additional information.
President, San Jose Host