ALEXANDRA – Well done to all those involved for a truly valuable contribution, says Vanessa Weltman.
Santa Claus came early to drop off the gift of sight for the children of the Union of Jewish Women-run Alex Aftercare Centre.
In early December, the union along with its partners undertook an eye testing initiative in Alexandra to provide eye care for the township’s children.
According to the union’s office and project manager Vanessa Weltman, more than 200 children had their eyes tested and 176 of them were found to be in need of glasses.
The tests were conducted at the Alex Aftercare Centre that provides after-school care and a homework facility for the children, and forms one of the union’s various community projects in the township.
The initiative was made possible by a partnership between the union and Workforce Staffing which provided the funding for the project, while the eye screening and provision of prescription glasses were organised by corporate eye screening organisation Eye Worx, both of whom are part of the Workforce Holdings group of companies.
“Without this charitable intervention, the children receiving glasses would have suffered for years with poor and, in some cases, near-blind vision. I would like to express the union’s gratitude for the partnership from the various organisations that came on board in the project.
“When people with vision come together, there’s no stopping how the goodwill spread, and in this case, it brought the gift of sight. Well done to all those involved for a truly valuable contribution to one of our most at-risk and needy communities,” Weltman added.