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To See the Autumn: UWCF Joins the Challenge

Date: October 2019

People are born with certain needs; the first and the foremost is the need to be safe and loved, and only later arises the necessity in respect and imitation. Children are our mirrors, whether we admit it or not. When our children take care of us, of elderly people, it is only because we have led them by example how to treat older persons.

We do our best to inculcate children with culture of health and to make them spend less time in front of a TV screen! However, please do not anticipate children can manage that themselves. One of the primary goals of the project “Shine of Happy Eyes”, as part of the UWCF’s program “Walking to the Health Land”, is to build a culture of responsible attitude to eye health through the example of adults.

UWCF’s program “Walking to the Health Land” accepted the “To See the Autumn” challenge from the Holosiivskyi District Organization of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society.

Owing to cooperation of ICF “Promotion of Medicine Development”, NGO All-Ukrainian Association “Active Longevity”, and with the support of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine dedicated to the International Day of Older Persons, which took place on 1 October 2019, the whole country is now involved with the “To See the Autumn” challenge.

This “To See the Autumn” challenge features professional medical examinations and free prescription glasses. This means real help for elderly people, allowing them to see the beauty of autumn and improve the quality of their lives, because the cost of new glasses or medical examinations is too high for retirees. It is rare that people buy glasses at optical stores, preferring non-specialized retailers, and thus impairing their vision. What is most important here – we set the example of how we take care of own health for children who will grow up and become managers of their own health.

A team of volunteering doctors is launching this challenge with love and respect to elderly people, and leading children by example. This challenge of kindness will be passed over throughout the country of Ukraine.

Today, over 68 families from Donetsk and Luhansk Regions, as well as Crimea, who are temporarily living in the “Dzherelo” boarding house, located in Pushcha-Vodytsia, Kyiv, have received free qualified medical care. At the same time, 54 persons have been provided with free prescribed glasses.

Timely and regular examination of vision in children and adults allows not only checking visual acuity, but also detecting disorders and pathologies at early stages.

The UWCF’s program “Walking to the Health Land” is passing over the challenge to the friends from Khmelnytsky Region.