Communications Coordinator, LCIF
Oak Brook, Illinois, USA, October 3, 2011 — Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) will award the first annual Lions/PAAO Award in Blindness Prevention at the Pan-American Regional Course in Ophthalmology, to be hosted in Colombia in February 2012.
The award will be granted to a Colombian ophthalmologist who has demonstrated excellence in the field of blindness prevention. The award is made possible through LCIF’s SightFirst program and includes a US$1,000 grant and travel budget to attend the regional course.
“Through SightFirst, Lions have a long history of saving sight and preventing blindness. These successes would not possible without the hard work and accomplishments of ophthalmologists around the world,” said LCIF Chairperson Sid L. Scruggs, III. “We are proud to award this grant to a deserving individual who shares in our mission and has made an impact in preventing blindness.”
Nomination information and forms are available in English and in Spanish. This information is also available at www.paao.org. The deadline for nominations is December 5, 2011.
About Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
Lions Clubs International Foundation is the grant-making body of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest volunteer service club organization. The LCIF SightFirst program, Lions’ flagship initiative, builds comprehensive eye care systems to fight the major causes of blindness and care for blind and visually impaired persons. Since 1990, the SightFirst program has helped restore sight to more than 30 million people around the world. Lions have raised more than $415 million to provide surgeries, to improve of hundreds of eye care facilities and train of thousands of eye care professionals. For more information, visit www.lcif.org.
About the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO)
The Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology was founded in 1939. The PAAO is dedicated to the prevention of blindness through lifelong education and cultural exchange among ophthalmologists in the western hemisphere. For more information, visit www.paao.org.