After election season comes the Bristol visits for third years and then just before Easter it is time for the OPSOC annual Eyeball where everyone gets dressed up to the max in long dresses, tuxedos and the odd kilt. The Eyeball includes a 3 course meal, annual awards and the announcement of next years committee, as well as a few surprises. This year the event was held in Cardiff City Hall on 28th March, a place that previously held unhappy memories for a lot of students due to being used as an exam venue.
This year the theme was 1920′s, so in the style of The Great Gatsby there were white scarfs, flapper dresses and feathers galore. Upon arrival we were greeted with an ice sculpture of a gramophone and a pair of dancers who were getting everyone involved whilst we enjoyed the drinks reception and admired how well everyone scrubbed up. After sitting down for a very nice 3 course meal, with a musical interlude from the optometry choir – Only Optoms Aloud, it was time for awards, raffle and announcements.
This year we had awards including: best campaign video; best Freshers moment; best dressed in clinic; optom mum; most drooled over optom; Fresher of the year and most missed third year. After handing these out, to mostly grateful recipients, it was time for the charity raffle in aid of the 3 charities OPSOC has been supporting this year – UCAN, the Moldova trip and Maggie’s club. This year we raised almost £600 taking total money raised for charity over the year to £2000! Then it was time to announce the OPSOC committee for next year including my successor as treasurer.
With that it was time to hit the dancefloor after an emotional farewell speech from the outgoing president who has been on the committee for the last 3 years and really is the heart and soul of optometry at Cardiff. Thank you Shai!