GIVING SIGHT: Local optometrist Elise Pocknee is taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge this month.LOCAL optometrists Phil and Elise Clem and Craig Farmer of Eyre Eye Centre are again taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge this month to raise awareness about avoidable blindness and vision impairment.
On World Sight Day, October 29, they will donate their eye exam fees to global charity Optometry Giving Sight and hold a celebration 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.
“I have proudly supported Optometry Giving Sight for seven years,” Mrs Pocknee said.
“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.”
Eyre Eye Centre was one of the top 10 contributors to the challenge last year, thanks to community donations as well as the money from eye exams.
This year’s World Sight Day Challenge will feature new ‘people power’ wristbands and build a wall of bricks to encourage everyone who visits Eyre Eye Centre to make a donation and publicly show their support.
People can donate on or before October 29 by visiting Eyre Eye Centre or calling 8682 4566.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.