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Eye Clinic Helps Thousands in the Turks and Caicos

#Providenciales, August 9, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – The Sandals Foundation, the charitable arm of Beaches Resorts, is reaffirming its commitment to the Turks & Caicos Islands by partnering with US-based charity organization Great Shape! Inc. iCare Project, the Community Fellowship Centre and the Ministry of Health & Human Services to host their first free eye care clinic for residents across the islands.

The five day free eye clinic which took place at the Community Fellowship Center Church on the Leeward Highway from July 27 to August 3, 2018 saw 42 volunteers from the USA, Canada, UK, Jamaica, and Australia consisting of, among others, 7 optometrists, 1 ophthalmologist, 5 registered nurses, and 6 opticians. They provide hypertension and glucose screening, full eye exams, sunglasses, reading glasses, and prescription glasses to patients in need.

“We have touched and transformed so many lives with the Eye Care clinic, from our senior citizens to children and everyone in-between,” said Elanor Finfin Krzanowski, PR Manager for Beaches and the Sandals Foundation.  “The human impact was incredible, I am so happy that were able to secure a mission trip for Turks and Caicos and of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t say think you to our great partners, we are thankful to Great Shape! Inc. iCare along with the volunteers,  the Ministry of Health and Human Services, Community Fellowship Center and everyone else who came on board to make this health initiative happen. We really  couldn’t have done this without partnership. ”

Director of the Great Shape! iCare project, Steven Stern, said they hope to treat over 1000 patients over the five days.  “We are happy to bring the Great Shape! iCARE project to the people of the Turks and Caicos.  We are grateful for the great sponsorship of Sandals Foundation and Beaches Resorts who enable us to perform our much-needed services through our long-time partnership.  The joy of receiving a pair of glasses and seeing properly for the first time in your life is powerful and life-changing.”  Stern added that a full pallet of supplies was shipped ahead of time to accommodate this outreach.

Over the past nine years, the Sandals Foundation has supported the Great Shape! Inc. to provide free eye-care, dental services, literacy, and teacher training programs to residents in several Caribbean islands, providing accommodation, meals, transportation, communications, and logistical support to all volunteers to make these mission possible.  To date, the Sandals Foundation has impacted over 209,000 across the Caribbean through healthcare initiatives, standing firm in its belief that proper health care should be accessible to all.

Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation, Heidi Clarke, said the expansion of the clinic to Turks and Caicos is another indication of the Foundation’s commitment to supporting residents across the Caribbean.   “We are very pleased to see the expansion of this much-needed clinic to benefit even more people who are in need of eye care services.  Health Care is one of the basic needs of every human being, and we are thrilled to bring this service to the residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands, some of whom might otherwise not have the opportunity or resources to get their eyes checked,” Clarke said.  The clinic will be based at the Community Fellowship Centre Church on Leeward Highway, Providenciales from July 30 to August 3 and Clarke encourages all residents to make very good use of the opportunity

This will be the project’s first vision clinic outside of Jamaica where they have served over 29,000 residents over the past 9 years.

 

Release: Sandals Resorts

 

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