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St John Ophthalmic Trivia Night — Saving sight, changing lives

October is Ophthalmic Month. Every year, St John Ambulance Australia celebrates Ophthalmic Month, which aims to increase awareness of St John’s ophthalmic activities, both in Australia and internationally, plus raising much needed funds to improve the health outcomes of disadvantaged populations.

St John supports a wide range of eye health activities in Australian Indigenous communities, Oecussi (Timor-Leste) as well as the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. Improving eye health has been linked to increased participation in employment and educational opportunities, which in turn contributes to economic growth, poverty relief and reduced marginalisation.

Amanda Power, Acting Chief Executive Officer, says,

“In 2014 alone, the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem treated 124000 patients, of whom, 5200 received sight saving operations. 37500 patients were children. Their Mobile Outreach Team serves a population of 2.5 million people.

This all occurs in the midst of conflict and travel restrictions. In 2015, St John Ambulance Australia partnered with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to improve the eye health of the Oecussi community in East Timor. During the week-long project, RACS performed 332 consultations and 53 operations, restoring sight and changing lives. In both cases, these services are delivered in challenging conditions that would not be considered ‘standard’ in the Western world—but the outcome is the same, sight is improved or restored and lives are change.

The work we do centres around our humanitarian mission—to prevent and relieve sickness and injury, and to act to enhance the health and wellbeing of people of all races and creeds. Lending a hand is what St John is about”.

In order to raise funds for the St John Eye Hospital Group in 2015, St John is holding a fund-raising Ophthalmic Trivia Night on Friday 30 October at the Hellenic Club in Woden. St John is seeking the support of businesses in the community with respect to sponsorship for the night and/or prize donations for a silent auction.

“We are grateful for any assistance the community might give, whether it be via a sponsorship, or a cash or prize donation. Alternatively, book a table and come along and support us, it will be a fantastic night. All proceeds go to a great cause and every dollar counts,” said Amanda Power.

All enquiries should be directed to Kylie or Amanda at enquiries@stjohn.org.au or 6295 3777.

St John is Australia’s largest provider of first aid training and services. For further information about St John Ambulance Australia contact 1300 360 455 or visit www.stjohn.org.au.

Contact: Amanda Power, Acting Chief Executive Officer

Phone: 02 6239 9211 (w), 0417 671 962 (m), email: ceo@stjohn.org.au