Leeds Rhinos prop forward, Anthony Mullally, has spoken out about supporting vulnerable people in the community as he officially opened a new optician service for the homeless.
The 26 year old was speaking at St George’s Crypt in Leeds, where Vision Care for Homeless People has opened a centre:
“I believe that people in a fortunate position like myself have a responsibility to give more than we take. I don’t understand why, in this day and age, people are living on the street – it is something that has always bothered me. I was recently trekking in Peru and it gave me a lot of time to think about these things, and I want to make a difference myself. Leeds Rhinos has a policy of going out to the community – Giving people an option in life is great,” said Anthony, who also volunteers with Streetwise in Leeds each week.
Vision Care for Homeless People opened this its 8th clinic, in Leeds to provide eye examinations and glasses in a friendly and assessable environment. Funded and staffed by the optical profession, the team is grateful to local laboratory, Rawdon Optical which is glazing the specs for all those who attend the clinic and need specs.
Chair of the charity, Elaine Styles explained –
“Homeless People do not prioritise eye care and often do not feel comfortable about going into a High Street opticians. The sad reality is that 35% of people we see have a functional vision impairment without glasses, and we have seen power ranges from +17 to -20 Dioptres. There is so much that we can do to help people get their life back on track.“
The Leeds service is being run by local optometrists led by Caroline Clarke.