Local optometrists, Dr. Sasha Godenir of Optical Image and Doctors Holliday, Holliday, Holmes and Menzies at Vision Care, are joining the World Sight Day Challenge during the month of October to help give the gift of vision to people in developing countries and underserved communities.
On World Sight Day, October 11, these optometrists will be making a donation and holding a celebration to help the more than 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.
“This is the first year we are participating, and we are excited to be part of this global effort,” said Dr. Tricia Holliday. “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.”
“I have supported Optometry Giving Sight for two years and am proud to donate to such a worthwhile cause,” said Dr. Sasha Godenir.
Children are especially vulnerable. Providing vision correction to a school-age child can literally transform their entire life. Just $5 can provide an eye examination and a pair of glasses for someone in a developing country. The offices are inviting their patients to make a donation at the practice throughout October.
Optometry Giving Sight guarantees that 85 per cent of all funds raised by optometrists and their patients go directly to supporting programs that give sight to those most in need. Funds raised from World Sight Day Challenge will be directed to 35 projects across 23 countries around the world.
Vision Care Clinic is located at 345 Central Ave N and patients can call 773-2020 to schedule an appointment. Optical Image is located at 95 Central Ave. N and interested individuals are invited to call 778-2412 to schedule an appointment. For more information about Optometry Giving Sight and the World Sight Day Challenge, visit www.givingsight.org.
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.