Specsavers Killarney host the Children of Chernobyl
Specsavers in Killarney was delighted to recently invite a group of children from Belarus, to have their eyes tested and where necessary, fitted for glasses by the team of experts in store.
Respite in Killarney
The 14 children, aged nine to 11 years of age, are on respite in Killarney and staying with local families. The staff at Specsavers Killarney thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the children, conducting check-ups and providing them with expert advice and fitting them with complimentary glasses.
Rathmore Friends of the Children of Chernobyl
Speaking about their visit to the store, Specsavers Killarney store director, Thomas Doyle said, ‘We are delighted to have the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of these children for the 10th year running. Our partnership with Rathmore Friends of the Children of Chernobyl has been a great success and we take great pride in contributing to the eyecare of these children. Regular eye tests are a very important part of their overall healthcare routine and unfortunately access to eyecare is not available for these children in their home town’.
Risk of contracting illnesses
Mr Doyle continues: ‘Many of these children are at risk of contracting illnesses which would go undetected without an eye examination. It was great to see the kids so happy to have their eyes tested, for many it was their first time and our staff welcomed the chance to help the children pick out any new glasses.’
Friends of the Children of Chernobyl was founded in 1993 to aid Belarussian children who were affected by the Chernobyl disaster. In the last 20 years, over 7,000 children have visited Ireland on holiday and have received optical, dental and medical treatment.