16 March 2015
BBR Optometry is delighted to announce that it has won a Silver fundraising award from eye care charity Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) in recognition of its efforts during the October 2014 World Sight Day Challenge.
With the support of our patients, BBR raised funds to help the 600 million people in the world who are blind or vision impaired simply because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses.
“As an optical practice passionate about eye care, we think it is incredibly important to support a cause that is helping to provide a vital service to people who may otherwise be unable to get the help they need.” said Practice Owner, Nick Rumney. “The World Sight Day Challenge is a great opportunity to involve our staff and patients in supporting overseas projects that are helping thousands of people to access exe exams and glasses.”
As the first UK member of OGS, BBR was inspired to help by stories like that of primary schoolboy Naite (pictured left), who was one of the tens of thousands of children, women and men who benefited last year from eye care at the optometry clinic at Lúrio University, Mozambique.
Naite was eight when he realised he couldn’t see the chalkboard. Although his parents knew he needed to fix his vision problem, they weren’t able to afford a pair of glasses. After visiting an optometry clinic in Mozambique, Naite was able to get a pair of prescription lenses that fixed his astigmatism. Now, he’s able to participate in class without help from his friends.
Thanks to past donations, Optometry Giving Sight has been able to fund 72 projects in 42 countries. Funds raised from World Sight Day Challenge will be directed to projects in 23 countries around the world that give sight to those most in need.
For more information about Optometry Giving Sight and the World Sight Day Challenge, please visit www.givingsight.org.