James Kim Raising Money For Optometry Giving Sight

SUNY Student, James Kim, Raises $1565 for Vision Charity

When James Kim, a student at SUNY College of Optometry in Manhattan, became President of SUNY’s former Leo Club he decided to achieve two important tasks: to grow SUNY’s Leo Club to a fully recognized Lions Club and to raise significant funds for a vision charity. With the assistance of his classmates and faculty members, James recently achieved both of these goals.

Making the decision about which vision charity to support was not easy but one of James’s classmates, Shilpi Ratra, suggested he learn about Optometry Giving Sight. After doing some research, James decided Optometry Giving Sight was the charity-of-choice for his club. “Everything about Optometry Giving Sight appealed to us. We chose Optometry Giving Sight as our charity because it is largely funded by optometrists and fits with the Lions Club’s International motto which is “We Serve”.

In April of 2010, under James’s guidance, SUNY’s Leo club was awarded full status as an official Lions Club. To celebrate this achievement, and also raise funds forOptometry Giving Sight, James invited Lion’s Club members from other districts, as well as SUNY students and faculty members, to an event that included dinner, a short presentation by classmate Ben Meade about Optometry Giving Sight and a raffle and auction.

With assistance from Dr. Joan Portello, James and fellow classmates raised funds during the event by: raffling off a pair of Oakley sunglasses donated by Luxottica and an iPod donated by Hoya, auctioning a digital wide field lens contributed by Volk and also charging attendees for the evening meal. With the combination of the raffle, auction, and dinner, Kim’s group raised $1565 for Optometry Giving Sight.

James stated “We are happy that our contribution will provide long term vision care to individuals in developing countries. We are pleased that we have helped to support vision care around the world.” Optometry Giving Sight is a collaboration of the World Optometry Foundation, the International Centre for Eyecare Education and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

There are 670 million people around the world who are blind or vision impaired simply because they don’t have access to an eye exam and a pair of glasses – that’s more than double the population of the U.S.

Help transform lives through the gift of vision by making a donation to Optometry Giving Sight®. Just $5 provides an eye exam and glasses for one person in a developing country. Learn more about Optometry Giving Sight® by visiting www.givingsight.org.

About Optometry Giving Sight

Optometry Giving Sight (www.givingsight.org) is a joint initiative of the World Optometry Foundation (WOF), the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and supports the goals of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, an initiative of IAPB and the World Health Organization (WHO). VISION 2020 aims to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020 in order to give all people in the world the right to sight.