‘Lions for Sight’ raises $202,699 for cataract surgical equipment

Funds raised by 26 area Lions and Lioness Clubs will support up to 3,000 surgeries a year at Peterborough Regional Health Centre

Representatives from area Lions and Lioness Clubs, the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) Foundation, and the PRHC Ophthalmology Group celebrate the success of the "Lions for Sight" campaign, which raised $202,669.68 for cataract surgical equipment at PRHC. (Photo courtesy of PRHC Foundation)
Representatives from area Lions and Lioness Clubs, the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) Foundation, and the PRHC Ophthalmology Group celebrate the success of the "Lions for Sight" campaign, which raised $202,669.68 for cataract surgical equipment at PRHC. (Photo courtesy of PRHC Foundation)

Representatives from “Lions for Sight” announced yesterday (June 14) that the campaign has raised $202,699.68 for cataract surgical equipment for Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC).

“Lions for Sight” is a regional campaign supported by 26 Lions and Lioness Clubs from across the Kawarthas. The clubs combined their fundraising efforts from community-based projects, along with a grant of $88,149.68 from Lions Clubs International Foundation, and a $15,000 donation from the physicians who make up the PRHC Ophthalmology Group.

The clubs surpassed their $200,000 goal for the campaign.

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Lesley Heighway, PRHC Foundation President & CEO, says the campaign has funded a new state-of-the-art cataract surgical unit and camera for the cataract surgical program at PRHC, which performs as many as 3,000 surgeries a year.

“This enables PRHC’s medical experts to deliver improved results, offering even safer surgical procedures with less trauma to the eye and shorter recovery times,” she explains.

According to Fowlers Corners & District Lions Club Past President Carl Young, the project was conceived as a Lions International Centennial Community Legacy Project.

“For 100 years, Lions have been known for their service to the blind and visually impaired,” Young says. “We’re very pleased to join with clubs from across the region to support the technology that can help eliminate unnecessary blindness, changing lives for our loved ones, friends and neighbours whose vision is clouded by cataracts and for whom simple pleasures have become difficult if not impossible.”

The 26 Lions and Lioness Clubs from across the Kawarthas that contributed to the “Lions for Sight” campaign are:

  • Apsley & District Lions Club
  • Campbellford Lions Club
  • Chemung Lake District Lions Club
  • Coboconk and District Lions Club
  • Dunsford & District Lions Club
  • East Peterborough Lions Club
  • Fenelon Falls & District Lions Club
  • Fowlers Corners and District Lions Club
  • Haliburton & District Lions Club
  • Havelock Lions Club
  • Keene Lions Club
  • Kendal Lions Club
  • Kinmount & District Lions Club
  • Lakefield & District Lions Club
  • Lakefield Lioness Lions Club
  • Lindsay East & District Lions Club
  • Lioness Club of Campbellford
  • Marmora Crowe Valley Lions Club
  • Millbrook and District Lions Club
  • Minden & District Lions Club
  • Norwood & District Lions Club
  • Omemee and District Lions Club
  • Omemee Lioness Club
  • Peterborough Lioness Club
  • Peterborough Lions Club
  • Warsaw & District Lions Club

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