India Vision Institute (IVI) in partnership with the Arcot Foundation, distributed free spectacles to 103 people from underprivileged communities in Triplicane on 7 March 2016 at Amir Mahal. This was part of the flood relief initiative that was undertaken at seven locations in greater Chennai.
Presided by Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali (Prince of Arcot), Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali (Dewan to the Prince of Arcot), Mr. Bharat Joshi (Britain’s Deputy High Commissioner), Mr. Robin Singh (Former Indian Cricketer), Mr. Mervin Alexander (Post Master General) and Mr. Vinod Daniel (CEO, India Vision Institute) distributed spectacles to 103 people from among 138 of those previously screened by Optometrists from IVI on 29 January.
“Eye See & I Work initiative of IVI is extending its support to those from disadvantaged communities who lost their spectacles in the recent floods causing severe destruction in and around Chennai” said Mr Vinod Daniel. “Over 1500 people have been screened across the flood affected areas of Palavakkam, Madipakkam, Pallikaranai, Saidapet, Kotturpuram, Triplicane and Kolathur since December 2015 and free spectacles is being provided to over 1100 people”, he added.
The Prince of Arcot said, “It was a great pleasure for the Arcot Foundation to work with IVI in supporting the local flood affected community and to be of service to humanity.”
“The appreciation for this initiative from the community showcases the fact that the initiative was a timely intervention for them. Arcot Foundation is delighted to partner with IVI in the vision screening campaign for providing free spectacles to those affected by the recent floods” said Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali.
Mr Bharat Joshi said he was delighted to be at Amir Mahal to conclude the Triplicane vision screening initiative commenced earlier this year. He also commended the work being done by India Vision Institute and the Arcot Foundation to provide the gift of sight through provision of spectacles.
IVI acknowledges the support of Essilor Vision Foundation in providing free spectacles to those diagnosed with refractive errors.
India Vision Institute (IVI) is an independent, not-for-profit registered trust established in 2011, an initiative of the LV Prasad Eye Institute of Hyderabad and the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney. It is focused on supporting and promoting awareness, research, education and technological development in Indian optometry to advance capacity in vision correction and prevention of eye disease and blindness.
Dewan to the Prince of Arcot Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali is very active in several social and cultural activities in the city and also among the Arcot family members. He is also actively involved in the Prince of Arcot Endowments, and is working on several projects for the upkeep of the Endowment activities.
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