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School Vision Clinics Delayed Until After the Holidays

Unfortunately, due to the resurgence of Covid-19 in Chiang Mai, we continue to face delays in our CMIRC School Vision Screening Project (SVSP). We still look forward to screening all 3rd and 5th graders at the eleven municipal schools and the Wat Suan Dok School this winter and spring in partnership with Optician Khun One at Chom Jun Optic, the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai Wattana, and, if pediatric ophthalmological surgery is needed, the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai North’s Eye Service Foundation.

We are tentatively planning SVSP volunteer training for early January. With screenings in the municipal schools and the Wat Suan Dok School beginning in late January. Because we will probably have only two to three months to complete all of our screenings and prescriptions for this academic year, we will need to screen at least one and often two schools per week when we get started. We are hoping to train a large contingent of volunteers so that there will be trained substitutes for each of the screening stations. We recognize that many volunteers cannot be on call every week. Please contact Project Champion John Schorr if you’d like to volunteer and be trained: schoolvision@cmirotary.org, English or ไทย.

As part of our preparation for the coming year’s SVSP we invited Past Rotary District 3360 Governor Suparie Chatkunyarat to speak at our CMIRC Regular Club Zoom Meeting on Tuesday, November 16. She gave an excellent presentation on the history and resource availability of the Eye Service Foundation administered by the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai North. The Eye Service Foundation will fund pediatric ophthalmological surgical services for poor children in Chiang Mai. This adds an important resource for screened children who have vision issues which cannot be resolved by glasses alone.

Once again, we’d like to take this opportunity to recognize the generous support of our partners, sponsors and donors, so here is a list of these generous organizations, beginning with the Rotary Club of Spokane 21 whose donation of $2,500 this year will fund about 80% of our program! THANK YOU ROTARY CLUB of SPOKANE 21!!!

The total program budget for next year is estimated at about $3,000 US dollars, so we are still somewhat short. If you wish to learn how you can help, please contact Project Champion John Schorr at schoolvision@cmirotary.org or tel.: +66 (0)8 5030 2143, US Skype # 386 490-8100 CMIRC Member Volunteer Hours for the Month of October: 15 (Chair, 6; Committee Members 9 ).


Our 2021-2022 School Vision Screening Donor Team: