Project Vision Hawaii Formally Launches Kauai Operation, Receives $50,000 Donation
Project Vision Hawaii (PVH) formally launched its Kauai operation over the weekend after a blessing of the non-profit’s third vision bus by Kahu Nani Hill and a check presentation totaling $50,000. Mayor Bernard Carvalho presented the PVH team with a proclamation declaring May 21 as Project Vision Kauai Day.
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii presented PVH with a check for $40,000 and Saltchuk Hawaii donated $10,000. Funds have been used to outfit the vision bus for screenings and will help sustain Kauai operations through 2016.
Project Vision provides free vision and health screenings to Hawaii’s underserved communities, particularly Native Hawaiians, keiki and kupuna, with the goal of detecting eye diseases and disorders early on.
Kaiser Permanente donated the third vision bus, which will split time between Kauai and Maui.
“Our team and partners are excited to bring expanded service to Kauai residents,” said Annie Valentin, executive director of PVH. “We look forward to increasing our reach and furthering our mission to enhance quality of life by improving sight and preventing blindness.”
The blessing and presentations were held in conjunction with the District 50 Lions annual convention. For years, PVH has brought the original, Oahu-based vision bus to the Garden Island and partnered with Kauai Lions to provide screenings. Valentin used the convention as an opportunity to thank Lions across Hawaii for their ongoing assistance in providing residents with opportunities for better vision.
“Screenings in underserved communities are extremely important as they can identify visual impairments or eye disorders that may affect vision later in life,” said Dr. Kapua Medeiros, physician at Kaiser Permanente Lihue Clinic. “With the Project Vision mobile unit now on Kauai, the community has expanded access to free vision screenings and early detection technology to improve health and well-being. We’re honored to support Project Vision and its Kauai partners; their work helps our community thrive.”
Project Vision staff have been on Kauai since October 2015, and have screened 1,040 individuals and provided 1,586 with additional health-related services.
The original health screening bus, based on Oahu, will continue to travel and provide services on Lanai and Molokai. The Hawaii Island bus will continue to expand services on its island.
About Project Vision Hawaii
Established in 2011, PVH provides free mobile vision and health screenings to Hawaii’s underserved communities. It recently began helping people enroll for health insurance. Project Vision is dedicated to early detection of eye diseases and disorders. To date, PVH has screened more than 22,000 individuals statewide. For more information, visit ProjectVisionHawaii.org // @ProjectVisionHawaii on Facebook and Instagram, @ProjectVisionHi on Twitter
About Lions Clubs
The Lions Clubs International was founded in 1917 and is the largest volunteer organization in the world. Lions live the motto “WE SERVE.” The international mission statement is to be the global leader in community and humanitarian service. More information at HawaiiLions.org
About Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has provided total health to the people of Hawaii for more than 50 years, with physicians who are members of the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, the largest multi-specialty physician group practice in the state of Hawaii. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. Visit kp.org for additional information. Become a fan of good health with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii: @KPHawaii on Facebook and Twitter.
About Saltchuk Hawaii
Saltchuk Hawaii Companies consist of Aloha Air Cargo, Maui and Hawaii Petroleum, Minit Stop Shops, Young Brothers and Foss Hawaii. Young Brothers provides scheduled cargo services by barge throughout the Hawaiian Islands; Maui Petroleum and Hawaii Petroleum provide fuel distribution services; Aloha Air Cargo provides air cargo services throughout the Hawaiian Islands; Foss Maritime provides harbor ship assist services; and Minit Stop locations provide convenience retail services on Maui and Hawaii. More information at SaltChuk.com