World Sight Day Challenge- Get Involved

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Creating a brighter future through the World Sight Day Challenge

Optometry Giving Sight invites all optometrists to take part in the fourth annual World Sight Day Challenge from September 1-October 14 (World Sight Day). Help transform lives through the gift of vision by making a personal or practice donation, donating your eye exam fees and / or having a practice celebration.

“Roughly 1 out of every 10 people on this planet are blind or vision impaired simply because they do not have the means of obtaining an appropriate pair of glasses,” explained Dr. Scott Gunderson, optometrist at Front Range Eye Associates. “The idea that someone could go through life with debilitating blindness that could be cured in an instant with a pair of glasses is unacceptable to me.”

World Sight Day Challenge

There are 670 million people around the world who are blind or vision impaired simply due to uncorrected refractive error – that’s more than double the population of the US.

By taking the World Sight Day Challenge you and your practice can help children, like 9 year old Nlando, who lives in a local township in South Africa where there is high unemployment and the average family income is just US $7 per day. Nlando’s only real hope to escape the poverty she has been born into is education. By the year 2020, Nlando will be 19 and, thanks to her new glasses that help her see to learn at school, her future will be much brighter.

“Optometry Giving Sight is challenging the optical profession and industry to help fund the delivery of sustainable vision care and glasses to all who need them”, said Dr Vic Connors, CEO of Optometry Giving Sight. “This World Sight Day marks the half way point in global efforts to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.

We have made significant progress already by training thousands of new eye care professionals to provide services in underserved communities, as well as the infrastructure to support them. We have the strategy – we now just need your help to raise the funds to achieve the goal.”

Register for the World Sight Day Challenge at www.givingsight.org. Optometrists PO Box 6327, UNSW, Sydney, NSW 1466, Australia W | www.givingsight.org T | +61 (0)2 9385 4867 F | +61 (0)2 9385 7401 E| ogs@givingsight.org

Optometry Giving Sight is a collaboration of the World Optometry Foundation, the International Centre for Eyecare Education and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. can make a donation online or pledge their eye exam fees from one day between September 1 and October 14. They can also request a free practice kit that contains everything they need to promote their involvement to patients including our new Giving Poster. Optometry Giving Sight can also provide assistance with placing an article in local papers.

Optometry Giving Sight guarantees that 85% of all donations go directly to programs that give sight to those most in need. It currently funds projects in more than 18 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Register today at www.givingsight.org, call 1-888-OGS-GIVE or email usa@givingsight.org.

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. National industry sponsors include CIBA VISION, the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Marchon, Vision Source! and AllAboutVision.com. Optometry Giving Sight is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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 organizations 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 October 14, and focuses on VISION 2020’s theme of the ‘Countdown to 2020’.

About the World Sight Day Challenge

The World Sight Day Challenge is a major fundraising campaign coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight which 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:

• Donating their eye exam fees from one day between September 1-October 14;

• Or becoming a regular donor on or before World Sight Day (October 14); and

• Inviting patients to make a donation during the World Sight Day Challenge.

Claire Goldsmith MidPage