Nelson Mandela Charity Golf Day 18 July 2018

Optical Alliance in conjunction with the University of Johannesburg, Optometry Department, hosted a Charity Golf Day at the Observatory Golf Club on Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

This day was organized in memory of the 100th birthday celebration of Mr Nelson Mandela. Three children’s homes were invited for eye testing to the venue and golfers, optometrists and suppliers were playing golf, buying four balls and hole sponsorships to raise money at the day.

On the 18th, the first 20 children from the Maria Kloppers home arrived by 9:00 and kept themselves busy on the jumping castle sponsored by Falcon Labs, playing soccer, had face painting done and received several snack packs sponsored by Cooper Vision, Falcon Labs, MediQuip, Cell C and NuMetro. The last kids left the venue by 16:30 after they have been given lunch (Kentucky sponsored by Falcon Labs, Juice sponsored by Hoosain Moola, private practice Springs). UJ sponsored Pizza which kept the little tummies from rumbling before lunch.

During the course of the day Optometry students screened the kids on autorefractors supplied for the day by Eurotech Optical Suppliers and tested by Optometrists, Faiza Dawood (private practice Amalgam JHB), Ingrit Metsing (UJ), Ntombi Zitha (private practice Centurion Pretoria), Olga Manitshana (private practice Soweto), Shaym Narsi (private practice Rosettenville), Yasmin Ahmed (private practice Sandton), Yumna Mahomed (private practice Florida), and Zaheera Dadoo (private practice Fourways), offered their services for the day. 79 Children from the age of 18 months to 18 years were tested and 39 of these kids will be supplied with free frames (sponsored by iWear House, Safilo and Sightique) and free optical lenses (sponsored by Hoya). Each child also received a free pair of quality polarised sunglasses (sponsored by Damar Optical).

This day was supported by Optical and non-Optical companies by the means of playing golf, sponsoring holes and prizes for the day. Hole sponsors: Cooper Vision, Healthbridge, iWear House, NuPay, Pictech Vision, Safilo, Torga Optical and Zeiss.

Four ball sponsors: BBGR, Harris Valoyi Consultancy, Hoya, iWear House, NuPay, Pictech Vision, Safilo, Sightique, Torga Optical, Winlaw Optical and Younger Optical. Prize sponsors: Safilo, NuPay, Rudy Project, Observatory Golf Club, Pictech Vision, Torga Optical, Timeshare Traders and Zeiss.

All had great fun with the auction of rare memorabilia’s, like a match cricket ball signed by Ricky Ponting during the test in 2005, a match rugby ball, Blue bulls Thembelani Bholi’s match jersey, signed Stormers rugby jersey, etc. sponsored and compiled by Coenie Beukes.

Almost R40 000 was raised for the children’s homes, which was donated to the schools when the spectacles were dispensed together with a blanket pack to each child which has been initiated and managed by Roelize Meyer from ARC personnel.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

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