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This was the last update from our Cubsight Coordinator before his passing in December 2015. Please keep his family in your prayers as they suffer through the loss of this great friend, father, husband and co-worker.
As most of you are aware, Welch Allyn has discontinued manufacturing the SureSight screener we are currently using. We have been informed by Welch Allyn that they will continue to calibrate and repair SureSight instrument that are less than 10 years old until 2012 (4 years away) Nearly 1/2 of our instruments will be 10 years or older by 2019. Because of this the LLEF Board in it’s November meeting, gave it’s approval for LLEF to pursue an LCIF Standard Grant in the amount of $100,000.00, which, if approved by LCIF, would allow us to purchase the Plusoptix devices in sufficient numbers to completely transition at once rather in a piecemeal fashion. A review of our Welch Allyn inventory and utilization shows that we would need to eventually purchase approximately 35 of the Plusoptix to realize a full transition across the state. Each unit currently costs approximately $5800.00 per unit (not including shipping OR any discount for the old Photoscreeners or Welch Allyn’s we may trade in).The grant cycle we are shooting for requires that we submit the grant to LCIF no later than January 31, 2016 for review by LCIF in April.
As this will be a 1 to 1 matching grant, we need to raise $100,000.00 in Louisiana. A number of clubs have already made very generous donations to the Eye Foundation for this and others have verbally pledged donations. Current cash donations have brought us to approximately $20,000 already so I feel we are within striking distance of our goal! I am asking all Lions Clubs to consider supporting this grant by making a donation(s) and/or pledging a donation to cover our matching share of the grant. We need to be specific in writing the grant budget as to where the funds are coming from so please discuss this with your clubs as soon as possible and let me know. Again, we do not need the cash in hand immediately but we do need a total amount donated and/or pledged for the grant. If the grant is approved by LCIF, we will have 6 months to collect all pledges. LCIF will not release any funds to us until we have our match in hand. Therefore, all pledges need to be completed by June 30, 2016. This will allow us to purchase the instruments, distribute them, and provide training on the use of the instrument and cover the protocols and procedures that need to be followed (fortunately there will be very little change with this instrument).
I know this is a lot to ask but I believe the Lions of Louisiana are committed to fighting blindness in this, our most vulnerable population.
So far this year Lions have screened over 16,600 children, referring over 1370 for complete exams! You continue to fight for sight and I can’t thank you enough.