After noticing a student wearing a pair of broken glasses, Gilmore College chaplain Linda Liddelow knew she had to help.
Linda approached her local OPSM to ask if there was any way they could help cover the cost. A member of the community paid for the glasses and the shop also provided a significant discount.
Linda then organised for OPSM’s charity partner – OneSight – to come and provide free eye checks and glasses for students at the school. The OneSight team are a made up of OPSM optometrists and employees who volunteer their time to help those in need.
“The process was very easy, OneSight provided all the forms and information, which was sent out to all the families,” Linda said. “The students were required to return the form to attend the eye screening test.”
The team completed 166 eye tests with 63 staff and students receiving vouchers for ongoing checks and free glasses. Linda said the day was a great success for all, with OneSight indicating that this will be an ongoing service available to the Gilmore Community.
“I received the vouchers for the students and staff via email the next day, which were sent out with a letter to the families,” she said.
“These vouchers can be used at any OPSM or Laubman and Pank optometrist, where further testing is completed and a free pair of glasses are given to the recipient.”