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By Rhiannon Riches

Optometrist Stephen Langshaw will be heading to Cambodia as the winner of Optometry Giving Sight’s inaugural ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ prize for the World Sight Day Challenge in 2014.

He is the owner of the Langshaw & Bell practice in Gymea, 30 kilometres south of Sydney, which raised $288 to meet the competition’s requirement for practices to raise a minimum of $250 in the challenge.

‘To raise funds we encouraged patients to make a donation for frame repairs or adjustments in our practice,’ Mr Langshaw said. ‘At our local Village Fair in the same month, we had a stall and had “optical” face painting and sold all sorts of eyeballs for donations to OGS. We all had a good time and will keep the theme each year.

‘I have been considering joining an overseas program for some time and it’s great that I am now organised to get involved,’ he said.

No date has yet been set for Mr Langshaw’s trip to Cambodia. As part of a team, he will examine patients and assist in training local eye-care specialists, and see first-hand the difference that he and the team can make to underserved communities.

After graduating in 1982, Mr Langshaw worked in private practice in Sydney, the UK and country NSW before joining Richard Bell and establishing Langshaw & Bell Shire Optometrists. The group also has practices in Cronulla, Jannali and Illawong.

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