Australian charity Essilor Vision Foundation (the Foundation), which is providing vision screening to schools located along the TSRC project corridor, has been granted a second round of funding to screen even more local schools.
Under its first grant, the Foundation worked with fourth and final year students at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) School of Optometry and Vision Science as well as local optometrists to screen school children at Helidon, Harlaxton, Murphys Creek, Highfields, Withcott and Flagstone Creek State Schools. More schools are scheduled under the programâ€™s second round of funding.
To date, 514 students have been screened and 191 (37%) have been referred onto local optometrists for bulk-billed assessment. Prescription spectacles are provided by the Foundation at no cost to the children who require them.
â€œWhat a wonderful legacy for the company to leave after its project is complete with many children seeing better at school and achieving improved academic results,â€ Mr Johnson said.
â€œThe important message to all family members is to have regular eye examinations.â€
Nexus Chief Executive Officer John Hagan said Nexus had attended several school screenings and was impressed with the professionalism of both the QUT optometry students and volunteer optometrists.
â€œWeâ€™re delighted to continue our involvement with Essilor in round three of the Nexus Together community giving program as they work to screen even more school children along the TSRC project corridor,â€ Mr Hagan said.
As well as revisiting a number of large schools for further screening, this round will also focus on additional schools in the Gatton, Grantham, Gowrie Junction, Wellcamp and Bunkers Hill areas.
Mr Johnson urged principals of other local schools with an interest in the program to contact him on mobile 0498 015 230 or by email at [email protected]
Donate nowÂ for Better Life through Better Sight
Level 3, 77 Parramatta Road Silverwater NSW 2128
PO Box 6113 DC Silverwater NSW 1811
Mobile:Â +61 (0)498 015 230Â Fax:Â +61 2 9748 7318Â