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Film fundraiser a hole in one

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By Ashleigh McMillan
Journalist

 

Early Career Optometrists South Australia will host a charity film screening of documentary Notes on Blindness to raise funds for Royal Society for the Blind.

The screening will take place on 7 June at Wallis Piccadilly Cinemas, with funds raised from the screening going towards building a virtual golf range for people with vision impairments in South Australia.

The documentary is based on the memoir On Sight and Insight: A Journey into the World of Blindness by theologian John M Hull, who became blind in 1983 after multiple surgeries for cataracts and retinal detachment.

ECOSA chairman Luke Higgins said that when he heard the memoir had been turned into a movie, he contacted the producers directly to see if a charity screening would be possible.

‘I had read the book and found it brilliant; it really showed the patient’s perspective of dealing with low vision. We actually made it part of an assignment for the Flinders University students,’ he said.

‘I got in contact with the producers of the film, and they said if we were keen we could turn it into a charity event through DemandFilm, which requires a certain number of tickets to be sold before the film goes ahead.

‘I think that the insights and lessons from this particular film work really well when combined with fundraising for the Royal Society for the Blind. They are doing some fantastic work around accessibility, particularly by making sure that patients are involved in things they enjoy and improving inclusivity in sports for low vision patients.

‘I thought it would be a wonderful thing to combine a great story with a fundraiser to improve accessibility for patients and increase their access to adaptive technology. The Royal Society for the Blind is a South Australian charity, which was important to us as well, so I really hope everyone gets behind it,’ he said.

The deadline for ticket sales is 29 May. Information about the screening can be found on the DemandFilm website.

ECOSA will also be holding a neuro-optometry CPD evening at the Optometry South Australia office on 31 May at 6:30 pm. Optometrist Neil Murray will discuss rehabilitation and neuro-optometry management. Four CPD points will be available. To RSVP email Luke Higgins at higglu89@gmail.com

 

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