Local optometrist, Cathryn Tripp of CATS Opticians has won a bronze fundraising award from eye care charity Optometry Giving Sight. The award is in recognition of CATS Opticians for raising £89 during the World Sight Day Challenge 2015.
Through participating in the World Sight Day Challenge, we have helped Optometry Giving Sight to 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.
We were inspired by stories like that of Annie and Sonya. Annie and Sonya are two of 1500 children who have benefited from a recent screening program in Cap Haitian, Haiti. Poor vision made it very difficult for both of them to see the teachers writing on the blackboard. They were identified as having astigmatism and were referred to the Vision Plus Clinic, part funded by Optometry Giving Sight, for a full examination and to obtain glasses. ” Thank you for helping my daughters see the world,” Said the mother after her daughters put on their first pair of glasses!
To date, Optometry Giving Sight has disbursed more than £10 million in funding from donors and sponsors to 72 projects in 42 countries.