The team at Humbly I Serve was honored and excited to attend the 2015 SECO event, “Where Sight Meets Vision,” March 4-8 in Atlanta, GA. We were blessed with the opportunity to share about our organization with hundreds of people. SECO International is commonly known as the “largest optometric educational meeting in the world.” For years, thousands of national and international eye care professionals, vendors, optometrists, and other ophthalmic personnel have attended the annual SECO conventions (source). Although we were just one booth among many, we were able to make connections with individuals, companies and organizations across the country.
To sum up the event, SECO offers many educational classes (CMEs) doctors need in order to renew their license each year. Thousands of doctors come out for these courses, and we were able to meet many of them on the showroom floor, which is where our booth was located among others who were selling lenses, contact solution, machinery, etc. We were able to talk to doctors about potentially working with us at our HIS Vision clinic in Cap-Haitian, Haiti or about potentially donating frames, recycled glasses, old machines, financially, etc. Many students also came through and showed interest in our yearly trips to Haiti.
“People would walk by and I would say something like, ‘Hi! Have you ever heard of the His Vision Project?’ and then introduce them to our organization,” Lindsey, Director of Programs, said.
According to Lindsey, who spent the full four days at the event, said countless people committed to donating much-needed items such as lenses, frames, lightly-used glasses, equipment and funds to Humbly I Serve. We raised $1000 by selling our “Join the Movement” t-shirts and hand-painted canvases at the expo. Lindsey, being the outgoing, people-person she is, loved meeting and talking to new people. She was overwhelmed by the generosity of these people throughout the convention.
“It was really neat to hear doctors, students, and others be so willing to give their time and money for people they might never meet. I found it encouraging to see that all these people who don’t necessarily need to give were so eager to offer help,” she said.
A big thank you goes to the SECO Administration for donating the booth to us, making it possible for all these donations and connections to be made with our organization!
Thank you to Bosch + Lomb for generously donating 12 boxes of contact solution to The HIS Vision Project. (They also had a latte maker in their booth, and Ed, one of the managers, was kind enough to bring over a caramel latte to help Lindsey after witnessing her yawning!)
Thank you to everyone who supported His Vision or visited our booth during the expo. Overall, this was a wonderful opportunity to simply raise awareness about our organization. We are eternally grateful for all that God has done just during the first few months of 2015. We are incredibly eager for everything coming up in the remainder of the year!