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The Manila St. Andrew’s Society Eyeglass Projects for S.Y. 2011-2012

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The Manila St. Andrew’s Society Eyeglass Projects for S.Y. 2011-2012

This school year, the Manila St. Andrew’s Society (MSAS) partnered once again with ABC Foundation to provide free prescription eyeglasses to poor but very deserving students.

The Manila St. Andrew’s Society is a socio-civic group of expats from Scotland who engage in community outreach projects to help less fortunate families in Metro Manila.

Last school year MSAS worked with ABC to provide 260 pairs of prescription eyeglasses to the students of Kaunlaran Elementary School in Caloocan City.

This school year, MSAS sponsored 500 pairs of prescription eyeglasses to the needy students of two public schools – Kaunlaran Elementary School in Caloocan City and Cainta Elementary School in Cainta, Rizal.

Students of Cainta Elementary School, Cainta, Rizal.
Students of Kaunlaran Elementary School, Caloocan City.

Our first Eyeglass Project with MSAS was in September, and with our volunteer optometrist, Dr. Jeson Viñas and Ms. Anne Viñas, we visited Kaunlaran Elementary School with MSAS Chieftain, Mr. Hamilton McLeod and Ms. Diane Ross to provide 300 pairs of prescription eyeglasses to the boys and girls with poor eyesight.  Kaunalran Elementary School headed by Dr. Ailene Canoy has a student body population of around 4,000 boys and girls.

ABC Chairman Mr. Lew Edwards (left), Ms. Diane Ross (center), Principal Dr. Ailene Canoy and MSAS Chieftain, Mr. Hamilton McLeod (right) with students of Kaunlaran Elementary School.

In October, MSAS and ABC Foundation conducted the second Eyeglass Project with the help of our  volunteer optometrist Dr. Jeson Viñas and Ms. Anne Viñas, at Cainta Elementary School, Cainta, Rizal.  MSAS sponsored 200 pairs of prescription eyeglasses to the boys and girls of Cainta Elementary School with poor eyesight.

MSAS Chieftain, Mr. Hamilton McLeod (left) with Ms. Anne Viñas and an eyeglass recipient at Cainta Elementary School, Cainta, Rizal.

Students, parents, teachers and administrators from both schools were very grateful to Manila St. Andrew’s Society for their generous donation of prescription eyeglasses.  Families from both schools come from the poorest of the poor and do not have enough resources to undergo regular eye check-ups.

MSAS Chieftain, Mr. Hamilton McLeod with students, teachers and administrators of Cainta Elementary School.
MSAS Chieftain, Mr. Hamilton McLeod with parents of the student eyeglass beneficiaries at Kaunlaran Elementary School.

Our partner optometrist, Dr. Jeson Viñas, with the help of his wife, Ms. Anne Viñas, conducted the eye check-ups for students from both schools suspected by teachers of having poor eyesight.  During the Eyeglass Distribution Programs, Dr. Viñas also gave a short talk for the students receiving eyeglasses and their parents on the proper care and use of their new eyeglasses.

Dr. Jeson Viñas checking the eyes of a student at Kaunlaran Elementary School.
Dr. Jeson Viñas giving a talk on the proper use and care of eyeglasses.

Students from both Kaunlaran Elementary School and Cainta Elementary School thanked their sponsors for their brand new prescription eyeglasses by making beautiful thank you cards and presenting them to MSAS during the Eyeglass Distribution Programs.

Thank you cards for MSAS from the students of Cainta Elementary School.
Thank you cards from the students of Kaunlaran Elementary School for The Manila St. Andrew’s Society.

MSAS Chieftain Hamilton McLeod and Ms. Diane Ross attended the Eyeglass Distribution Programs where they said a few words to the students, parents, teachers and administrators of both schools, and also helped out with the actual distribution of eyeglasses to each of the recipients.

Mr. Hamilton McLeod, Chieftain of MSAS and Ms. Diane Ross treats the students, parents and guests of the Eyeglass Distribution at Kaunlaran Elementary School to a song.
Chieftain Hamilton McLeod and Ms. Diane Ross help out with the eyeglass distribution at Kaunlaran Elementary School.
Chieftain Hamilton McLeod helping a student at Cainta Elementary School with her brand new eyeglasses.

We would like to thank everybody who worked hard to make both Eyeglass Projects a success:  To Dr. Jeson Viñas and Ms. Anne Viñas for checking the eyes of the students of Kaunlaran Elementary School and Cainta Elementary School; to Dr. Ailene Canoy, Principal of Kaunalran Elementary School and all the teachers and administrators of Kaunlaran Elementary School and Cainta Elementary School for their cooperation, assistance, and hospitality during the check-ups and distribution programs; to Mr. Don Mallari, Mr. Arturo Sikat, and Mr. Patrick Canimo of Cainta, Rizal; to ABC Foundation volunteers, Ms. Arlene Canimo, Mariel Pigtain and Alexis Balansag; to all the boys and girl of Kaunlaran Elementary School and Cainta Elementary School.

Dr. Jeson Viñas (left), Ms. Anne Viñas, Principal Dr. Ailene Canoy, Chieftain Hamilton McLeod and Ms. Diane Ross with students of Kaunlaran Elementary School.
ABC College Scholar Mariel Pigtain (left), Dr. Jeson Viñas, Ms. Anne Viñas, MSAS Chieftain Mr. Hamilton McLeod, Alexis Balansag, and Ms. Arlene Canimo (right) at Cainta Elementary School.

Our biggest thanks goes to the Manila St. Andrew’s Society for partnering with us again and generously sponsoring 500 pairs of eyeglasses to needy elementary students.  Special thanks to MSAS Chieftain, Mr. Hamilton McLeod and Ms. Diane Ross for visiting and participating in the Eyeglass Distribution Program at Kaunlaran Elementary School and Cainta Elementary School.

Manila St. Andrew’s Society Chieftain, Mr. Hamilton McLeod and Ms. Diane Ross at Kaunlaran Elementary School.
The eyeglass recipients at Kaunlaran Elementary School, Caloocan City.
The eyeglass beneficiaries of Cainta Elementary School.