Molokai Lions Club News Release
February seems to be the big month for vision screening on Molokai!
On Feb. 3 and 4, the Molokai Lions Club conducted its annual school vision screening. Lion volunteers, along with doctors Karsten Lee and Carlys Higuchi from Maui Optix, screened 395 children in four elementary schools and four preschools. Twelve children were found to have a possible problem and the school health aid will refer that finding to the parent.
This service has been going strong for many years and has been enhanced in the last several years with the help of the Maui doctors. Support for the Lions’ annual Walk for Sight helps the club defray the air cost for the doctors. They volunteer their time away from their Maui practice.
The “Big Bus” was in town the first of February as well! Project Vision Hawaii brought its Vision Van to Molokai from Feb. 5-9. The van’s visit is sponsored and scheduled by the Molokai Lions Club. The van’s mission is to provide a comprehensive vision screening, free of charge, to anyone visiting the various sites.
This year, Lions were able to schedule the van at two of the island’s largest employers, Mycogen Seeds and Hawaiian Research/Monsanto. At these sites, volunteers were able to screen more than 100 people. Over the five days members screened 335 people.
Special thanks goes out to Lyndon Dela Cruz and Makoa Trucking for their help. Lyndon volunteered to move the van wherever we needed it and Makoa Trucking provided movement on and off the Young Brothers barge as well as providing secure storage when the Van was not in use. Their help was instrumental in the success of the visit. The administrators at Project Vision were pleased with the visit to Molokai and plan to return in the future.