Singapore VisionCare Programme in collaboration with Singapore Women’s Association (SWA), an IPC registered charitable organization
SWA is a non-governmental and non-profit organization committed to actively:
- Provide opportunities for women to help one another socially, educationally, culturally and to serve the community especially the elderly.
- Enhance better health, livelihood and social status for women and children.
- Promote fellowship, cultural interests and participation in the community activities locally and globally.
The Singapore VisionCare Programme (SVP), an on-going initiative of the SWA is one of their iconic projects and it was launched on 22nd April 1990. It is the first “mobile eye clinic” to reach out to seniors in the community and was initiated by their founding president, the late Mrs. Seow Peck Leng.
As many seniors believe that deteriorating eye sight is part and parcel of ageing, they tend to do nothing, hence leading to many preventable eye problems; their quality of life suffers as a result. Glaucoma is a condition that damages the eye’s optic nerve. It may or may not be associated with high intraocular pressure. It may present with sudden blurring of vision, headache and eye pain, but mostly it has an insidious onset, and hence has been often called the “thief of sight” a condition afflicting the elderly causing premature blindness. It can be delayed if early detection is carried out and treatment taken.
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a condition that occurs with age, due to degeneration of the macula. As the macula is part of the retina responsible for our central vision, AMD may result in blurring of vision, darkness or distortion of vision and even permanent loss of central vision.
The most common eye problem detected is of course cataracts. Cataracts simply mean ageing and thickening of the lens with old age. It is the most common form of REVERSIBLE blindness, hence the importance of detecting it and referring the patient for surgery.
By supporting the efforts of the SWA, Rotary Club of Singapore North (RCSN) hopes to bring awareness of the plight of these elderly and promote early eye screening for this threatened group within our community. We call upon all Rotarians and their friends to open their hearts and contribute generously to this worthy cause. No amount can be place on human sight or the pain imaginable for one who has lost it. There is no greater gift than the gift of sight, for once it is lost, it is gone forever.
A series of eye screening sessions will be held throughout the island. For each session, the number of seniors screened will be from 100 to 120. SWA’s member volunteers and doctors from NUH will be at hand to provide their professional skills to conduct free eye screening for seniors and donors are encouraged to help during these screening sessions; they can serve as traffic wardens directing seniors to the respective stations or perform administrative and logistical support.
The Northwheel Project – An initiative in collaboration with Kampung Senang
About Mobility Aids Services & Training Centre
Mobility Aids Services & Training Centre is a project of Kampung Seanang, to provide a wide range of services and supports to the physically disabled and the less fortunate in our society.
The volunteers at Mobility Aids collect, repair, re-use and recycle any used and unwanted mobility equipment, so that these refurbished mobility aids equipment can then be re-distributed and loan(free of charge) to those service users who need them.
They are greatly inspired to provide training to volunteers and caregivers who are keen on mobility aids repair and maintenance, wheelchair handling, befriending the elderly and physically disabled, etc.
Education on recycling plays an important role to save our earth and ourselves, thus it is also their mission to create awareness and to educate the public on recycling and waste reduction.
The volunteers work closely with all the hospitals’ social with department to provide recycled mobility aids and equipment to ensure that most of the needy can benefit from their services.
Since 2013, Rotary Club of Singapore North has contributed funds to help these volunteers with their mission to help the less fortunate. Through the Northwheel project, funds are raised by Rotary Club of Singapore North and the spare parts are procured and many of these wheelchairs and other equipment for mobility aids are refurbished/repaired through the help of volunteers from the centre.