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VISION SOURCE LONDON RAISES AWARD-WINNING AMOUNT

FOR EYE CHARITY

 

LONDON, ON -  April1, 2016 — Local optometrist, Dr. Jason Morris and the staff members of Vision Source London, have been acknowledged by Optometry Giving Sight as Bronze award level fundraisers, thanks to their efforts during the 2015 World Sight Day Challenge.

Dr Jason Morris and staff raised funds during World Sight Day 2015 by holding a fundraiser and donating a portion of eye exam fees. This money will be used to support sustainable eye care projects in underserved communities around the world, helping people who are needlessly blind or vision impaired and in urgent need of eye care.

 “We are delighted to have received a Bronze award,” said Dr. Morris. 

 “I have supported Optometry Giving Sight for many many years and am proud to donate to such a worthwhile cause. The World Sight Day Challenge is a great way to help support the millions of people who don’t have access to the basic eye care that we can take for granted.”

 Optometry Giving Sight is committed to supporting programs that focus on training local eye care professionals so that people in need will have access to sustainable eye care from within their own community.

 Thanks to the support of the optical profession, Optometry Giving Sight allocated $1.6 million to 34 projects in 29 countries in 2015, including support to twelve optometry schools in developing countries. The support for optometry schools and educational programs over the years has helped produce qualified local people who screened an estimated 3,704,000 people in 2015.

 For more information about Optometry Giving Sight, visit www.givingsight.org

 

About Optometry Giving Sight:

Optometry Giving Sight is a joint initiative of the World Council of Optometry, the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

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. In 2015, World Sight Day was held on Thursday, October 8. 

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.