GOLDEN, CO – July 10, 2012 – Optometry Giving Sight is once again inviting the North American optical industry to join its annual World Sight Day Company Challenge by raising funds throughout October for people who are blind or vision impaired simply because they can’t access an eye exam and glasses.
One of the first companies to announce their support for the 2012 Challenge is TLC Vision. The fifty TLC Laser Eye Centers will all celebrate sight, raise funds, and participate in employee giving programs leading up to World Sight Day on October 11th.
As a strong show of support, TLC Vision has also become a Silver National Sponsor of Optometry Giving Sight. The company will be making a donation of $5 for every completed consultation between June and October and will invite their patients to make donations as well.
“The World Sight Day Company Challenge has tremendous potential to unify and rally the eyecare profession around a common goal – giving sight and hope to those in the most desperate need,” said Mr. George Neal, CEO for TLC Vision Centers. “Its also a great way to let our patients know that as a company we want to make a positive impact in the world. We provide vision locally and think globally for the greater good.”
Other companies who have already advised their participation in this year’s Challenge include CooperVision, Marchon, Hoya, Alcon, Essilor, ABB Concise, Transitions Optical, Focus Laboratories, AllAboutVison.com, SynergEyes, Johnson and Johnson Vision Care (Canada), Westgroupe (Canada), Carl Zeiss Vision (Canada) and the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association.
“Each year more and more optical companies are choosing to take the Challenge and support a charity that is directly related to eye care,” said Clive Miller, Global CEO. “We hope that many more will make a company donation and / or encourage their staff to fundraise throughout October and match their efforts.”
Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error (URE). It currently funds 35 projects in 23 countries including Schools of Optometry, the establishment of locally staffed vision centers, and the promotion of Optometry as a recognised and respected profession throughout the world.
More information about making a donation or joining the Company Challenge is available at www.givingsight.org or by calling 1 888 OGS GIVE.