WAUCHOPE’S Eyecare Plus optometrists are taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge during October and inviting members of the community to have their eyes tested during the month.
The World Sight Day Challenge is the only fundraising campaign in the world that specifically focuses on avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses.
To recognise World Sight Day that fell on October 10, Wauchope’s Eyecare Plus will donate the average October day of all eye exam fees to help the more than 600 million children and adults in the world who are blind or vision impaired simply because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses.
The campaign is run by the global charity, Optometry Giving Sight.
“We have proudly supported Optometry Giving Sight since it was launched 10 years ago” said optometrist Tony Hanks OAM, who is also a voluntary member and past Chairman of the Global Development Board for Optometry Giving Sight.
“The World Sight Day Challenge is a very positive campaign because preventable blindness is a solvable problem.”
“Most people are surprised to learn that just $5 can be enough to help provide an eye exam and a pair of glasses to someone living in an underserved community. Everyone can make a difference.”
The World Sight Day Challenge will also feature new ‘people power’ wristbands to encourage everyone who visits Eyecare Plus to make a donation and publicly show their support for Optometry Giving Sight. Participating is easy – simply make a donation or have your eyes examined during October and this will contribute to the Eyecare Plus donation of eye exam fees.
Thanks to past donations, Optometry Giving Sight has been able to fund 67 projects in 38 countries. These include El Salvador where, last year, local partner Fudem screened 64,000 school children in extremely poor communities.
Eyecare Plus optometrists are one of the biggest supporters of Optometry Giving Sight in Australia, and have taken part in the World Sight Day Challenge since its inception in 2006.
How donations can help:
– $50 can help provide a study kit to an optometry student
– $100 can help provide 20 people with access to an eye exam and glasses
– $300 can help to provide a child size trial frame
– $1200 could pay a month’s salary for an optometrist to see up to 40 patients a day
Visit www.givingsight杭州夜网 for more information.
Giving globally: Monique Young and Wayne Derrick from Wauchope’s Eyecare Plus Optometrists.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.