World Sight Day: Eyre Eye Centre joins campaign to raise funds for better eye care

Eyre Eye Centre is taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge during October to help give the gift of vision to people in underserved communities around the world.

Now in its 12th year, the World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses.

On World Sight Day October 11, Eyre Eye Centre will celebrate and raise funds to help the more than 1.22 billion people who are unnecessarily blind or vision impaired simply because they don’t have access to an eye examination and a pair of glasses.

Call into the practice to donate to this worthy cause and guess how many chocolates are in the World Sight Day Challenge jar.

For a gold coin donation, you could win the entire jar and help change a child’s life.

The campaign is run by global charity, Optometry Giving Sight. Optometrist Tamra Karolewicz said giving the gift of sight to kids is unbelievably rewarding.

“Their whole world lights up,” she said, “I’ve had parents tell me that their child turned around to stare at the sky because they had never seen stars before.

“Preventable blindness is a solvable problem and we are proud to help give better vision to those in need.”

“Eyre Eye Centre has supported Optometry Giving Sight for 12 years.”

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“Most people are surprised to learn that for a little as $5 someone living in an underserved community can be provided with an eye exam and a pair of glasses to transform their lives.”

“Everyone can make a huge difference and we are thrilled to be contributing to universal eye health.”

The campaign’s goal is to raise $1 million globally in 2018.

This year’s campaign will help to raise funds for children like Sokhanya from Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

With poor vision, travelling safely to school and learning in class became dangerous and difficult for Sokhanya.

A free eye screening service provided by the Brien Holden Vision Institute helped Sokhanya to access good eye care and receive a pair of glasses.

She is now able to go to school, learn and enjoy the company of her friends.

Sokhanya’s dream now is to become a nurse and help others. Eyre Eye Centre is located at 19 Forsyth Street Whyalla.

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