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World Sight Day Challenge 2018
Local Optometrist Joins Campaign to Raise Funds to Provide Eye Care Everywhere
Local Optometrists, Dr. Mark Pitcher and Dr. Asim Prasad of Okotoks Eyecare are taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge during October to help give the gift of vision to people in underserved communities around the world.
Now in its 12th year, the World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses.
On October 22, 2018 Dr. Mark Pitcher and Dr. Asim Prasad will donate his eye exam fees and host a celebration to raise funds to help the more than 1.22 billion people who are unnecessarily blind or vision impaired simply because they don’t have access to an eye exam and a pair of glasses. The campaign is run by global charity, Optometry Giving Sight.
“I have supported Optometry Giving Sight for many years,” said Dr. Mark Pitcher. “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 universal eye health.”
Participating is easy – simply make a single or monthly donation before the end of October. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1 million globally in 2018.
This year’s campaign will help to raise funds for more children like Sokhanya from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. With poor vision, travelling safely to school and learning in class became dangerous and difficult. A free service funded by Optometry Giving Sight helped Sokhanya to access eye care and receive a pair of glasses. She is now able to go to school, learn, and enjoy the company of her friends. Sokhanya’s dream now is to become a nurse and help others.
In providing eye care everywhere, Optometry Giving Sight will fund projects implemented by the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation.
For more information, go to www.givingsight.org
Optometry Giving Sight
World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. It is coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and is supported by eye health organizations around the world – including Optometry Giving Sight – and is included on the official World Health Organization (WHO) calendar.
Optometry Giving Sight is a global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error (URE) – simply the need for an eye examination and glasses.
Optometry Giving Sight was established in 2003 by the Brien Holden Vision Institute, the World Council of Optometry, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness as a means of mobilizing support from the global eye care profession and the industry to help people who are needlessly blind or vision-impaired. Optometry Giving Sight is a registered charity in Canada, the USA, Australia and Italy. The organization also works in partnership with Vision Aid Overseas.
In addition to projects that train people in developing countries to become degree and diploma qualified optometrists, Optometry Giving Sight funds projects that increase access to vision care for children.
Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation is the implementing partner supported by Optometry Giving Sight.
In addition to projects that train people in developing countries to become degree and diploma qualified Optometrists, Optometry Giving Sight funds projects that increase access to vision care for children. Here’s how donations can help in developing countries:
- $250 can screen and provide access to vision correction where needed for 50 children
- $500 can help train teachers to conduct visual acuity tests in the classroom
- $1,000 can provide access to vision screening and referrals for a whole school
- $1,500 can help governments develop policies that prescribe eye health programs in all schools.