Posted Wednesday 12 October 2011
We are joining the World Sight Day Challenge during the month of October to help give the gift of vision to people in developing countries. Across our six practices in the South East we aim to raise £2000 that will help provide eye exams and glasses to children in developing countries who can't see well enough to learn at school. If we achieve our target we will potentially help transform over 700 lives through the gift of vision.
Optometry Giving Sight and Vision Aid Overseas, joint organisers of the World Sight Day Challenge in the UK, fund programmes that provide eye examinations and spectacles, train local eye care professionals, and develop vision centres that deliver long-term vision care to people in desperate need. There are 670 million people who are blind or vision impaired simply because they don’t have access to an eye examination and glasses.
"We are delighted to be a part of the World Sight Day Challenge in all our practices across the East Sussex" Said Jeremy Heynes, Director of Barraclough & Stiles "It's easy for us to take good vision for granted, so taking the World Sight Day Challenge is a great way to raise funds to help people who don't have access to even basic vision care."
Donations will enable Optometry Giving Sight and Vision Aid Overseas to fund more sustainable programs that provide eye exams and glasses to millions of people in need. Funds raised will be directed to projects in over 16 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Just £2.50 can provide an eye examination and a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. We will be inviting our patients to join in and help transform lives in the developing world. For more information please contact us.
For more information about Optometry Giving Sight and the World Sight Day Challenge, visit www.givingsight.org or call 020 7202 8168.
About Optometry Giving Sight
Optometry Giving Sight is a joint initiative of the World Optometry Foundation, the International Centre for Eyecare Education and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Global sponsors include CIBA VISION, the Brien Holden Vision Institute and CooperVision. Replay Learning are national sponsors in the UK.
About World Sight Day
World Sight Day is an initiative of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight and is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO); the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and non-government organisations with the shared goal of eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020, in order to give all people in the world the right to sight. This year, World Sight Day will be held on Thursday, 13th October.
About the World Sight Day Challenge
The World Sight Day Challenge is a global fundraising campaign coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight and jointly implemented with Vision Aid Overseas in the UK. It is designed to raise funds for projects that provide vision care, local training and infrastructure support for people who are blind or vision impaired due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses.
Optometrists are invited to participate by: