Craig Cameron Volunteers at East Timor

30 July 2009

 

craig_mu_times_ready.jpgCraig is about to spend a week in East Timor, to help provide vision assessments and glasses to hundreds in need. He leaves on this mission this Saturday.

 

Craig will join a team organised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and supported by Optometry Giving Sight. Craig has supported Optometry Giving Sight for many years, and wanted to be a part of one of their missions.

 

“I had contacted Optometry Giving Sight many times to put my name down to do a volunteer project and was over the moon when I got word that a spot was open”, says Craig.

 

The team heading to Oecussi, East Timor is comprised of optometrists, ophthalmologists, surgeons, nurses and St John’s Ambulance volunteers. They will be working out of the hospital there.

 

During the week, they will also help train the resident eyecare nurses at the hospital.

 

“It is great to know I will be able to use my skills to help people who would not have the chance to get help otherwise,” Craig said. “It will be completely different to what I do locally to support the community. We are expecting to see up to 100 people per day.”

 

The missions are run annually. During the 2008 trip, the team assessed 350 people, provided 248 pairs of glasses and conducted 64 surgical procedures.

 

Many of those seen had treatable conditions. The main problem in Oecussi is the unavailability of simple spectacles. Very few of the people treated on previous missions had ever had an eye examination before.

 

For more information about Optometry Giving Sight, see www.givingsight.org/

 

Source and photo credit: Milton Ulladulla Times, 29 July 2009.

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