Lions Club of Booragoon helps Willagee youngster’s eyesight thanks to grant

Willagee youngster Talya Mohamed and Lions Club of Booragoon president Pushpa Rama. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Willagee youngster Talya Mohamed and Lions Club of Booragoon president Pushpa Rama. Picture: Jon Hewson.

WHEN Talya Mohamed returns to school next month she will do so knowing she can read everything off the whiteboard.

The Willagee youngster (9) received a $2260 grant for special contact lenses thanks to the Lions Club of Booragoon.

Talya’s mother Rana said the family had struggled to find the right place for someone to help out her daughter after her eyesight started deteriorating.

“I heard about the Lions Club from a contact at the Willagee Community Centre and they were really positive about helping us,” she said.

“Talya’s eyesight issues have developed over time and we noticed it got worse after we moved from Sudan to Perth in January 2017.

“We took her to optometrist but her vision got her worse and the glasses were not working, she was also suffering from headaches.”

The Compassionate Grant from the Australian Lions Foundation helped with the purchase of orthokeratology contact lenses, which are worn at night while Talya sleeps and are removed when she wakes up.

Ms Mohammed said Talya had noticed an improvement to her eyesight after receiving the contact lenses.

“She loves studying and reading so this will help her push hard,” she said.

“The Lions Club of Booragoon secretary Allan Cooper was so helpful, originally we thought it would cost about $1000 but it turned out it was about double but the club were happy to it all.”