Each year during October the Port Shepstone Lions Club teams up with Dr Trevor Steyn and the Hibiscus Private Hospital in port Shepstone for their Annual Eye Care Awareness Week Project. They have the privilege of giving back to the community by assisting 10 - 15 people from the surrounding area with much needed cataract operations. Main sponsors include; Port Shepstone's Lions Club and Ophthalmologist, Dr Trevor Steyn and Drs Basson & Louw Anesthesiologists who graciously donate their time and skills. The lenses and surgical packets are kindly donated by Alcon South Africa and Genop Healthcare with the theatre facility, wards and nursing staff provided by Hibiscus Private Hospital.


It is an honour to be part of this worthy cause as none of the patients are in the position to afford the operation and would have battled with deteriorating eye sight for the rest of their lives. These patients are recommended to the one-day programme from the public sector waiting list.

Everyone involved agreed, that to be part of enabling these deserving people from our local community to get to see and appreciate with us the beauty of the South Coast that we often take for granted, was worth all the hard work, sacrifice and most gratifying.


Dr Trevor Steyn receiving an Appreciation Plaque from Lion President Kevin Ross

at the 2012 Club Induction Dinner


Powerful partnership between government and private sector to cure blindness of 350 South Coasters.


A joint venture between Department of Health: Ugu District, Lions International District 410C, Rotary Club, Shelly Beach Day Hospital, Luckys Manaba, KwaZulu-Natal Eye Care Coalition, Cutty Sark Hotel and Multicrop Construction  was established to facilitate the restoration of sight to at least 350 people suffering from blindness as a result of cataracts.


During the week of 24 – 29 June 2012 high volume cataract surgery was performed at GJ Crooks Hospital in Scottburgh by four Opthalmic Surgeons from India. The surgeons donated their time and skill at no cost to the district, other than the cost of their travel and accommodation. Lions District 410-C and the Port Shepstone Lions Club donated the full cost of their travel from India. Rotary donated the cost of  their accommodation at the Cutty Sark Hotel in Scottburgh.


The District was experiencing severe backlogs in meeting the need for cataract surgery. The relatively simple intervention may not save lives, but it certainly changes lives. The enthusiasm and determination of the partners in this joint venture have overcome many obstacles to make this life changing experience possible for hundreds of sufferers in our community.