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Camden Lion Michael Castle honored by Maine Lions Visual and Hearing Foundation

  Camden Lion Michael Castle honored by Maine Lions Visual and Hearing Foundation

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Camden Lion Michael Castle received the Curtis D. Robill Fellowship Award from the Maine Lions Visual and Hearing Foundation. This award recognizes his dedication and significant contributions to the welfare of the blind and hearing impaired in Maine, particularly in the Midcoast region. Former Maine Governor Lion Mark Potter of the Damariscotta Lions Club presented the award April 2 at the Camden Lions Conference.

Lion Michael Castle oversees the club's program that collects old, unwanted eyeglasses on the Midcoast and prepares them for redistribution. Hundreds of eyeglasses are donated to the association each year. For more than 80 years, Lions clubs around the world have been collecting old, unwanted eyeglasses and redistributing them to people in need.

Michael is the third Camden Lions Club member to be awarded this scholarship. Previous recipients include Lions' John McKay and Audrey Lovering.

Camden Lions are extremely proud of and grateful to Lion Michael Castle for his work in the field of vision. Michael donates hundreds of hours each year to other Lion causes that benefit the community.

He would like to thank the Midcoast community for helping fight visual impairment by donating glasses and hearing aids. Donate old eyeglasses or hearing aids you no longer need to Lions collection boxes at various locations throughout Midcoast Maine or to the drop box at the Camden His Lions Clubhouse at His 7 Lions His Lane in Camden can.

According to Lions International, one in four children around the world do not have enough eyesight to learn to read without glasses. By the age of 40, 90% of adults can no longer read print and need glasses. Many countries lack the resources to produce high-quality lenses, and the cost of importing eyeglasses is far beyond the means of the average citizen. Without access to high-quality eyewear, millions of people are unable to reach their economic, educational and social potential.

The World Health Organization estimates that the use of corrective lenses could improve the vision of a quarter of the world's population. Unfortunately, for many people, glasses are unaffordable and unobtainable. In developing countries, an eye exam can cost up to one month's wages and one doctor can serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.

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