Store Director Returns from Eye-Opening Trip to Kolkata
Store director, Keith McCallion has helped to support 1,300 patients during a charity mission in the Indian city of Kolkata, with charity partner The Hope Foundation.
Volunteering in Kolkata
Keith visited the destitute city of Kolkata where he volunteered at The Hope Foundation Eye Clinic, for which Specsavers has committed to funding for three years, in a bid to provide basic eye health care to the impoverished community. As well as tending to over 1,300 patients, Keith also visited local slum communities and toured the city at night with the mobile health bus treating those living on the poverty-stricken streets of Kolkata who were deemed too poorly to make the trip to the eye clinic.
Gift of sight
During the week-long volunteering trip, Keith, alongside his Specsavers colleagues, gave eye checks to 1,300 patients, dispensed over 1,000 glasses, and in more severe cases, referred patients to the eye hospital for surgery.
At the end of their week-long volunteering trip, Keith presented a cheque of €75,000 to founder of The Hope Foundation, Maureen Forrest. This significant donation will play a vital role in sustaining the eye care clinic in Kolkata.
Speaking of his visit to Kolkata, the store’s director, Keith said: ‘I am so grateful to have had the privilege of visiting Kolkata with The Hope Foundation and Specsavers. The poverty we witnessed while working in the city is remarkable. To be able to give those with so little the ability to see is a remarkable task to undertake, and it was so heartwarming to meet the thousands of patients we treated. I’d like to take a moment to thank all of those who have helped make this unforgettable journey possible – you have all contributed to giving the gift of sight.’
The Hope Foundation
The Hope Foundation Ireland is a registered Irish charity working with street and slum children in Kolkata. The charity works to free children and poor families from lives of pain, abuse, poverty and darkness and seeks to improve their lives by providing access to healthcare and nutrition, education, drug rehabilitation and life skills and training. With the help of Specsavers and The Hope Foundation, improved eye care will be made available to the children living in slums and hospitals in Kolkata.
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