By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Two major fundraisers for the Preston Lions Club will be held during the next two weeks and monies raised from the events help offset costs of eye screening for area children.
Club members will sell hamburgers at the Lions booth at the rodeo arena this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The following Saturday, Aug. 4, the Night for Sight Golf Tournament will be held at the Preston Golf and Country Club.
“Monies from these two events have allowed us to contribute over $12,000 to the Idaho Lions Eye Bank in Boise, which is considered one of the finest in the country,” said David Kunze, a club official.
“We have just purchased a new state-of-the–art vision screener which will enable us to screen children as young as six months and identify conditions such as amblyopia, which can lead to the loss of sight in one eye if not detected early.
“The screening process is also incredibly fast and accurate, permitting us to expand our service beyond what we have done in the past,” he said.
Kunze said the inaugural use of this screener in our community will begin Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Franklin County Fair and will be available free of charge through Saturday, Aug. 18.
In 1925 Helen Keller challenged Lions Clubs International to become her, “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness,” and the primary focus of service to communities throughout the world became that of sight assistance and preservation, according to Kunze.
“In our Preston community we have provided vision screening to kindergarten children and those in grades two, four, six, eight and 10 for years. We also provide assistance in the purchase of glasses for those in need.”
This story is sponsored by FCMC Rodeo CLown Round-Up and Idaho Wildlife Summit.
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