Again this year, we will be taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge during October to help give the gift of vision to people in underpriveledged communities around the world.
Now in its 9th year, the World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply by providing basic eye care.
On World Sight Day, October 8, we will be donating our examination fees to help the more than 600 million people in the world who are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses. The campaign is run by global charity, Optometry Giving Sight.
Preventable blindness is a solvable problem and we are proud to help give better vision to those in need. Most people are surprised to learn that for as little as $5, someone living in an underserved community can be provided with an eye exam and a pair of glasses to transform their lives. Everyone can make a huge difference and we are thrilled to be contributing to the challenge.
Participating is easy – simply visit us to make a single donation, or you can arrange a monthly donation, before the end of October. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1 million globally in 2015.
Optometry Giving Sight funds the development of sustainable eye and vision care projects in communities where these do not currently exist. To date, Optometry Giving Sight has disbursed more than US$11 million in funding from donors and sponsors to 72 projects in 42 countries. To find out more about these worthwhile projects, go to www.givingsight.org.