Eye Care Run 2015, organized by R.O.I., raised € 4301 for bringing eye care to schoolchildren in southern Kenya.
Posted on 16 April 2015 by Rotterdam Ophthalmic Institute
For scientific research one need, in addition to sufficient knowledge and persistence, also organizational skills to manage a research project. Sunday 12 April showed again that employees of the ROI are skilled organizers. Next to their normal activities, employees of the ROI organized the Eye Care Run, a charity during the quarter marathon in Rotterdam. 56 Runners went together to the starting point and after 40.01 minutes the first runner of the group, René Kleizen, finished at the Coolsingel. A perfect time since he is number 23 in the overall classification. Our fastest woman this year was Susan Bryan, researcher of the ROI, with 58.00 minutes.
In addition to the personal goals, the organizers select each year a new charity project. The criteria for this are that it must be an ophthalmic project in a developing country. This year the choice was made for a project of the Netherlands Albert Schweitzer Fund (NASF). Kwale District Eye Care Centre (KEDCC) in Kenya was founded twenty years ago. The KDECC in Kwale is now an established eye center and with the care of this center schoolchildren with eye problems are being treated which helps them at school and to be accepted in the community. The NASF is expanding its activities to the Taita District in southern Kenya. Frans Hiddema, former director of the Rotterdam Eye Hospital and board member of the NASF, received a voucher of € 4301, -. This resulting amount of the sponsoring was realized from the sponsorship of the runners, the pasta party on 10 April and the main sponsor of this year. Thanks to all runners, the local restaurants, namely Gusto, Thirteen and Bakkerswinkel, and the main sponsor Ergra Low Vision BV, Eva, Kedir, Verena, Vivian and Netty we have had together a sporty and pleasant run. And above all, we could contribute to the timely treatment of eye disorders in schoolchildren in southern Kenya, giving them a view on a better future.