Knockbridge National School Supports Martina Kelly ahead of Specsavers’ visit to Ethiopia in aid of Vision Aid Overseas
Store director, Martina Kelly, recently visited Knockbridge National School to speak with pupils about her upcoming trip to Ethiopia with charity partner Vision Aid Overseas. Specsavers Ireland has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for over 10 years, helping the fight against poverty in developing countries by transforming access to eye care.
The pupils at Knockbridge National School kindly collected and generously donated over 270 pairs of glasses which they presented to Martina, that will travel with her to Ethiopia.
Martina then spoke to students of her upcoming two-week trip to Ethiopia, telling of the important work that will be carried out and how she will be helping the visually impaired. Numerous eye tests will be carried out by the professional team and Martina, along with the other Specsavers team members, will teach students in the local hospital how to conduct these eye tests, prescribe glasses and detect common eye diseases. With this training, these students will then be able to provide optometry services for the community, who, otherwise, would not have access to this level of healthcare.
Importance of supporting Vision Aid Overseas
Speaking about her support of Vision Aid Overseas, Martina Kelly commented; ‘In Ireland, we have access to excellent eye care but most people in Ethiopia are not as lucky, making it vital that we do all we can to improve their eye health services. I am delighted to be embarking on my second volunteering trip with Vision Aid Overseas. After witnessing first-hand, the poverty that people with visual impairments face, it is great to be able to make a difference. Thanks to the support of the students at Knockbridge National School we can really improve the eye health of those less fortunate.’
Vision Aid Overseas
Vision Aid Overseas is committed to creating sustainable solutions in developing countries and with the help of Specsavers, Vision Aid Overseas will provide eye care to people living in Ethiopia. With a population close to 100 million people, the country has just 300 qualified optometrists to look after the eye health needs of all its people.
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