VOSH-NC recruiting doctors for Trinidad mission

VOSH-NC is recruiting doctors for our upcoming mission to Trinidad. We currently only have one OD signed up for this clinic, and would love to have at least 4 or 5.  We held our first clinic in Trinidad last January, and the Rotary Club of Penal are great hosts, hard workers, and fun people. Next VOSH-NC Clinic: January 10-13, 2017 – Penal, Trinidad Trip Leader: Christina Smith, OD drcsmith@bellsouth.net  Host: Rotary Club of Penal   Trip Fee: $200 per person Food and accommodation during the trip are paid for by the Rotary Club of Penal.     Expenses will include the $200 trip fee + flights + any extra travel you want to plan (flights to Tobago for the weekend ~$50)   This trip will cap at 12 people.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Dr. Christina...

President’s Insight August 2016: World Sight Day Challenge!

“Optometry Giving Sight raises funds to support sustainable projects that deliver eye care and glasses in communities where there is currently little or no access to these services”. Optometry Giving Sight is a valuable partner to VOSH/International. Congratulations to them as they celebrate their ten year anniversary! I always enjoy looking at their website, givingsight.org, to read about the many projects they support. World Sight Day is October 13th. Yesterday our office received a large box containing our new Optometry Giving Sight t-shirts. In our office, employees have a casual day one day per week where they wear their Optometry Giving Sight t-shirts. We put various informational pieces throughout the office, and post pictures on our Facebook page. Patients are encouraged to donate, and when they do so put their name on a donor card that’s posted behind our front desk. Optometry students are especially creative in their participation in the World Sight Day challenge. One school hosts a dine-in- the-dark dinner, where they serve a nice dinner and all those participating wear a blindfold while eating. Another school sells links that the participants put their name on, and link them together to create a large chain. At the end of the challenge they pull on the chain, and the first link that breaks wins a prize. On a student level this creates excitement about how students can make a difference with their fundraising and it also raises the awareness of the blind and visually impaired people throughout the world. I challenge all VOSHer’s to participate in the World Sight Day Challenge, which run through September and October. Optometry Giving Sight can help you get started-go to their website for ideas and help make a...

VOSH Recognized in Foresight Magazine

VOSH and its student divison, SVOSH, is recognized by Foresight Magazine for the impact it has on the people it brings sight to, as well as the members of the organization. I anticipated to have a trip that would be clinically fulfilling yet I was mistaken, because it was much more; the trip was unforgettable, rewarding, and heartfelt. –Arieneh Tahmasian, PCO Class fo 2017 Read the full article...

Volunteers wanted for 2016 Jamaica clinics

Great Shape, Inc is looking for volunteers to attend their 2016 Jamaica clinics. The trips will travel to Negril, Jamaica October 7-17 and to Ocho Rios, Jamaica October 14-24. The clinics seek to serve 1500 Jamaicans at each clinic over 4.5 clinic days and include general nursing services and cataract surgery as well. Lodgings will be at Sandals resorts. Contact Tiffany at tiffanygsjamaica@gmail.com if interested. See thier poster for info: iCARE 2016 Invitation...

Sint Maarten Lions Club is looking for a VOSH Chapter to lead a clinic trip to Sint Maarten (Dutch Caribbean)

I am a member of the Sint Maarten Lions Club in the Dutch Caribbean. In 2001 our Lions Club brought Canadian Vision Care to the island of Sint Maarten and a group of Ophtomotrist tested the eyes of some 5000 elementary school children and donated some 350 eyeglasses to children needing them. We would like to repeat this beautiful project in the fall of 2016. We will be more than happy if your organization can assist us to realize the screening of all elementary school children this year. Our Club has been involved in sight projects on the island for the past 45 years and have done eye screening and have donated hundreds of eyeglasses to the less fortunate and children. We would appreciate if you could accept to come down to Sint Maarten and screen the eyes of our children and senior citizens. All costs will be covered by our Club either through our own fundraising, corporate sponsorship or a grant from Lions Clubs International. I have been charged with the organization of this project by our incoming president. Please have your group contact promptly if you have interest. Wally Havertong, PDG, PMJF whavertong@caribserve.net 11 Amaryllis Road, Mary’s Fancy Sint Maarten (Dutch...