Newcastle resident fundraises, volunteers for eye care group in Ghana

August 12, 2011

By Administrator

NEW — 5:36 p.m. Aug. 12, 2011

For about the price of a tank of gas, Newcastle resident Elice Kim is asking for donations to provide life-changing eye care for the people of Ghana.

With a contribution of about $50, the average cataract surgery can be covered by clinics associated with Unite for Sight, a global organization that offers comprehensive eye care in areas where underprivileged people lack access to adequate medical care.

Kim will volunteer with Unite for Sight from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15 in Accra, Ghana.

She’ll work with local eye doctors who diagnose and treat eye diseases in people’s villages, while surgical patients are brought to the eye clinic for surgery by the local ophthalmologist.

Kim is a Liberty High School graduate who went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in biochemistry.

She works full time as an ophthalmic assistant at a multi-specialty ophthalmology practice in Seattle. Kim first heard about Unite For Sight while volunteering with student organizations at UW.

Unite for Sight has completed more than 44,450 sight-restoring surgeries so far this year. The organization has the ultimate goal to complete 50,000 surgeries by the end of 2011.

Contribute to Kim’s fundraising efforts by going to her fundraising page at Donations are tax-deductible.


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