Cayce-West Columbia Lion’s Club working in schools to ensure students have good vision
Cayce/West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – Some of the members of the Cayce-West Columbia Lion’s Club have been working over the past month or more to screen students across Lexington School District Two for good vision. Just this week, a small group of the Lions did eye screenings at Cayce Elementary School. During this process, they screened over 800 students to help locate vision problems that might affect the children’s performance in school.
Since 1917, Lions International clubs have been places where individuals join together to give of their valuable time and effort to improving their communities, and the world. One of their missions is to make sure that children have good vision so that they can see well enough to participate and excel in the educational process. Besides good sight, the Lions Club International also focuses on other health related issues like youth services, disaster and humanitarian relief, diabetes, hunger, the environment, and childhood cancer. These lofty goals are why the Cayce-West Columbia Lion’s Club works so hard every year to go into area schools to do these eye screenings among other things.
West Columbia native and local businessman Bill Mooneyhan is just one member of the club who has dedicated thousands of hours to this effort. Mooneyhan recently said that he has been blessed in the success of his business, and now that his son is running his automotive garage’s daily operations, he can commit much more time to this good work. “I really feel it’s my duty to give back to an area that’s been so good to me and my family,” Mooneyhan said. Each year, Mooneyhan is joined by other members of the club to make sure every child has the opportunity to enjoy the gift of clear sight.
If the Lion’s Club finds someone who is struggling with vision problems and can’t afford the corrective measures necessary, they often help with that too. Much of the money they raise comes from the sale of Lion’s brooms and mops. For many years, these cleaning tools have been known as some of the very best made, and a portion of each sale goes toward helping the Lions with their mission. You can buy these brooms and mops at Mooneyhan’s Garage located at 1224 B Ave. in West Columbia or at the Lion’s Club of SC office located near the Lexington Medical Center at 110 Medical Circle, Ste A, West Columbia-Cayce, South Carolina.
Pictured left to right: Nurses Quinn Cirillo & Laura Jumper. Lions Club members Bill Mooneyhan, Ed Rollison, Ricard Brinkley, Lokay Seneviratne, and Principal Andrew Drozdak.