Wheels 4 Sight offers free eye screening

2018-04-19 06:01
=Istelle Barnardo from Specsavers testing Lion Pat Clohessy’s eyes on an autorefractor. The autorefractor, which will be at the Wheels 4 Sight event, gives a good indication of whether one requires spectacles but it does not replace a comprehensive eye test.          Photo:SUPPLIED

=Istelle Barnardo from Specsavers testing Lion Pat Clohessy’s eyes on an autorefractor. The autorefractor, which will be at the Wheels 4 Sight event, gives a good indication of whether one requires spectacles but it does not replace a comprehensive eye test. Photo:SUPPLIED

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“EIGHTY percent of our awareness and perception comes through our eyes which is the driving force of life.”

This is according to Gail Cillie, chairperson of the Eastern Cape branch of Retina South Africa, which will be the beneficiary of the Wheels 4 Sight fundraiser to be held at Spiders Web on the outskirts of Despatch on Saturday, May 5th.

“The event is held in order to help change the future for individuals and families living with vision loss,” said Denis Murphy from the Uitenhage Lions Club, the organisers of the Wheels 4 Sight day.

Free eye screening

Activities of the day include Eye Zone, manned by Retina SA personnel, who will be conducting free eye screening to determine if a person needs spectacles and to discuss eye related issues.

The autorefractor, a computer-controlled machine used during an eye examination, is provided by Specsavers Uitenhage branch.

This branch supports the Uitenhage Lions Club and specifically its Operation Brightsight, which provides many unfortunate and poor people with the opportunity to see clearly by assisting them in obtaining spectacles.

Luister!FM will be broadcasting from the site and there will be live performances on stage by singers of the likes of Jacques Saaiman, Monique Marais, JJ Botha, Wanda van Rooyen, Marilize Els and Ru-Ana Wentzel.

Unique “wheels” to view

The wheels in support of those with vision loss are with courtesy of VW AutoPavilion.

This includes a Type 1 1300 VW Beetle which has completed only 870km with never having had a first service since it was bought new on 5 February 1972.

The family favourite “Herbie”, a Type 1 1200 VW Beetle (1963) will be there as well as a VW Citi Golf concept car with 0km (nil) mileage!

Other wheels in support of the day include various motorcycle clubs, who are known for their unprecedented support of worthwhile institutions and charitable events.

Activities start at 09:00 and the entry fee is R20 per adult and R10 for children (kids under 6 years enter free of charge). There will be cloth badges at R10 each,

For more information contact Gail Cillie of Retina SA (082 788 2796), Gail Vermaak of Spiders Web 084 263 6988), Skillie of Workshop Crew MC 082 558 6212 or Belinda of Road Runners 061 001 7128.

  • All proceeds will be donated to Retina SA for research to try to find genetic mistakes that cause blindness. -HEILIE COMBRINCK

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