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Challenge thrown down for World Sight Day

03/10/2018By Matthew Woodley
Eyecare professionals have been asked to be creative and dig deep to help raise funds for this year’s World Sight Day Challenge.

The fundraising event, organised by Optometry Giving Sight (OGS), runs throughout October and encourages participants to raise money and awareness to help provide eyecare to people in need. The ultimate goal of the campaign it to ensure no one is left without sight.

“As it is estimated that as much as 80% of what a child learns is processed through the visual system, an eye examination and glasses can mean the difference between a life of poverty and a life of opportunity,” global chair of OGS Dr Juan Carlos Aragon said.

“A child’s ability to play and learn and to contribute at home and school is largely dependent on good vision. I encourage you to join our World Sight Day Challenge and fundraise to give the gift of vision.”

According to OGS, 60% of children in the developing world who go blind die within the first year. Anyone who wants to take part can make a donation or perform challenges to raise awareness and attract contributions.

Donations to OGS can help people receive vision care in the following ways:

•  $1,000 – Help provide glasses for 200 children or text books for 10 optometry students

•  $2,000 – Clinical equipment kit to provide outreach services or help provide glasses for 400 children

•  $3,000 – Upskill clinical staff to provide eye examinations for children or provide a scholarship for an Instrument Technician Course

•  $4,000 – Train 100 teachers to conduct child eye health screenings or purchase specialty equipment to set up a paediatric clinic in an optometry school

•  $5,000 – Sponsor a school eye health screening for 2000 children or purchase equipment to upgrade a Vision Centre or purchase equipment to help set up a clinical teaching space in an optometry school

•  $10,000 – Purchase equipment to set up a clinical eye health examination room.

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