Wendy’s African vision gift
To celebrate World Sight Day, for the whole of the last week in October Wendy Diddams Optometrists will donate £2.50 for every eye examination booked, or pair of glasses ordered, to help provide eye exams and glasses to children in developing countries who can’t see well enough to learn at school, as well as adults who don’t see well enough to provide for their families.
Optometry Giving Sight, the organizer of the World Sight Day Challenge, funds programmes that: 1) provide eye exams and glasses, 2) trains local eye care professionals, and 3) develops vision centres that provide long-term vision care to people in desperate need. There are 670 million people who are blind or vision impaired simply because they don’t have access to an eye examination and glasses.
“I am proud to support such a worthwhile cause,” said Wendy, Optometrist “It’s easy to take good vision for granted so taking the World Sight Day Challenge is a great way to raise funds to help people who don’t have access to even basic vision care.”
Wendy has taken part in three overseas projects in Uganda and Ethiopia and has experienced first hand the difference a a simple pair of spectacles can make to a student desperate to study hard, or a breadwinner who needs glasses to do their work The smile you get is something you never forget.
By the end of 2010, Optometry Giving Sight aims to have committed $4 million dollars to help provide eye exams and glasses to millions of people in need through sustainable programs. Raised funds are directed to projects in 18 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Just £2.50 can provide an eye examination and a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. Everyone can help by having an eye test, donating unused glasses, taking part in our raffle or just making a donation so others can enjoy what we take for granted. Call in, and join in, and bring a smile to someones face and a difference to their life that will last and last.