LAKE WYLIE — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is coming to Lake Wylie on Oct. 10 to help Lions Clubs of the state celebrate World Sight Day.
Her speech will emphasize the issues the state is facing, and she will answer questions from 4 to 5 p.m. at the River Hills Community Church Family Life Center. The public is invited to the state of the state speech and the celebration of Lions vision preservation services.
Haley also will proclaim South Carolina Lions Sight and Hearing Conservation Week to coincide with Lions World Sight Day, recognizing the role of the state’s Lions Clubs in providing essential health screenings.
South Carolina Lions last year through their charitable services and foundation provided more than $1.4 million in healthcare services. These services reached almost 9,000 individuals with vision, hearing and other health screenings through the Lions’ Mobile Health Screening Unit, primarily to school-age children. The River Hills Lions Club is one of the largest providers of money for Lions’ health screenings.
River Hills Lions President Peggy Upchurch will preside at the governor’s appearance. The Rev. Gayle Montgomery, who recently became pastor of the River Hills church, will welcome guests.
There will be a demonstration at 3 p.m. of a new vision screening device, Spot, by PediaVision. It is powered by technology that quickly detects a number of vision issues, such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, blurred vision and eye misalignment. When problems are detected by the screening device, those individuals are referred to physicians and clinics. Those who are uninsured are assisted with obtaining glasses and even surgeries. In York County, SC Lions Charitable Services were able to help with five eye surgeries, 11 hearing aids and with screenings to 355 individuals for a total of $77,650 in support.
In addition to monetary contributions, Lions serve as volunteer helpers at the health screenings. For more information, call 803-831-2999.