FYidoctors Sunshine Coast,
Sechelt BC, Canada
“One of our staff members, Leslie Newman, really got us working as a team to organize and manage our fundraising efforts. We held a donation draw and asked local businesses to make a donation (staff and their families also made contributions!) In addition we did an eyeball baking event by donation on World Sight Day and staff supported the fundraising by paying a fine to wear jeans and their OGS t-shirt on Fridays. We managed to raise $1255.79, which exceeded our goal and is up 65% over last year’s collection! It was all proudly raised by the staff!
The winning practice of the WSDC in 2012, Sure Optical in New South Wales showed they were determined to keep the title in 2013, with another ‘Highballs for Eyeballs’ cocktail event held in October. With silent auctions, balloon raffles and a live auction, optometrist Amanda Rungis, her partner Gordon Ryan, and their staff raised an outstanding $4479 – blitzing their efforts from last year!
Brampton ON, Canada
“We loved encouraging our community to get involved and raise awareness by having their eyes tested during the Challenge to help raise funds for this life changing cause. What better way of promoting this great cause then to have support from our own Mayor of Brampton, Susan Fennell, who joined eyeLABS on October 8th. eyeLABS Optometry and Dry Eye Clinic is excited to join in the World Sight Day Challenge again next year”. -Dr. Richard Maharaj
Dr. Alan Limfat and Associates: Linden Optometry’s World Sight Day Challenge was a glowing success. With generous staff donations and participation, Linden Optometry truly shined. With t-shirt and wristband sales, patient donations and practice match, the Doctors and staff at Linden Optometry were able to raise over $3,600 for the Challenge.
Kim Lam, a 2nd year optometry student at InterAmerican University College of Optometry in Puerto Rico, planned several fundraising events, including an Ice Cream Social. For a donation, students could enjoy creamy ice cream in waffle cones and bowls, and they had their choice of toppings galore.
Queensway Optometric Centre
Mississauga ON, Canada
“We fundraised all year long, setting up a donation table with items for sale, patients were invited to contribute for repairs or adjustments, and monthly auctions were held for various items. During October, we had our wall of paper ‘glasses’ which patients could purchase for a $2.00 donation, and every Friday the staff would donate to participate in dress down day. Our main World Sight Day Challenge day was November 6. On that day our doctors donated all full eye exam fees to Optometry Giving Sight. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the staff and doctors for all their dedication and support over the past year, raising over $7000! As the office manager I could not be prouder!” – Terri Fracassa
WestGroupe Optical Company
“We chose to do a PJ day here at the office which was a hit! Everyone just loved being able to roll out of bed in their comfiest PJ’s to come to work! Also everybody, including our customers, really enjoyed the 2$ donation per frame sold. Two additional “fun-draiser” events held were a jean day/week and a VIP parking spot for two very lucky employees during the cold month of February.”
Strathmore Vision Care
Strathmore AB, Canada
“Dr. Russell Doig, of Strathmore Vision Clinic, in Strathmore, AB set the bar high when he offered to shave his head if the clinic reached $1000.00 in donations. Not only did they do that but they exceeded the goal, raising $1957.00! The staff worked hard for their "hair raising event" to make it a success.”
Mairead O'Leary Opticians
The daughter of Dublin practice owner Mairead O’Leary, along with friends from Transition year, hosted a bake sale outside Mairead O’Leary’s practice, and raised €360 from members of the public. They were delighted with their success, and Siofra O’Leary wouldn’t even let her family try the cakes beforehand (see photo)!
James Wood Opticians
James Wood Opticians in Gateshead held a raffle for World Sight Day and sourced some excellent prizes from generous local businesses. These included a haircut and blow dry at Tony & Guy, a pair of designer sunglasses, and a meal for two at a local restaurant. The raffle was drawn by paralympic gold medallist and young sports personality of the year, Josef Craig MBE. The practice hosted a coffee morning and sold homemade cupcakes on the day of the draw, and praised their local community for their enthusiasm and support, which helped them raise a total of £650.
Santro & Peche Opticians
Chiswick, London, UK
Leading fundraisers Santro + Peche Opticians reached new heights in their fundraising for this year’s World Sight Day Challenge, by organizing and taking part in a charity skydive. The practice team rallied together a group of eight willing volunteers, consisting of friends, clients, colleagues and Shaf Mohamed – Director at Santro + Peche. The sponsored dive has so far raised £4,310 for Optometry Giving Sight, Shaf explained: “For us, 2013 had to be bigger, better and raise even more than before.” Well done team Santro + Peche!
Family-run optical chain Scrivens Opticians took part in the World Sight Day Challenge across their 146 practices, making them the largest group so far to participate in the annual fundraising initiative. The practice chain, founded in 1938 by qualified optician and pharmacist, Solomon Scriven, is this year celebrating its 75th anniversary and marked the occasion by donating 75p from every sight test in October to Optometry Giving Sight. Scrivens branches got into the party spirit with various fundraising activities from cakes sales to a sponsored in-store bike ride to practice staff dressing as hippies. A total of £3,200.33 was raised.
Chapel Hills Vision Clinic
Chapel Hills Vision Clinic has been participating in the year-round donation box program for over 5 years. And every year for the World Sight Day Challenge their patient donations grow exponentially. With their dedicated team of office champions and the practice match, Chapel Hills Vision Clinic raised over $3,000 in 6 weeks!!
Killarney Vision Services
“We have been proud to take part for a number of years now. This year we decided to try something a little different …. our own version of Dining in the Dark!! The Optometric Centre staff and doctors were the servers for the evening. The many comments we heard were encouraging, things like “how it really makes you aware“, “I never thought about this before“. It truly was an “eye opening” experience for all. We are already making plans for next year’s Dining in the Dark!!”
DAC Vision joined our team of company supporters this year by participating in the World Sight Day Company Challenge. They celebrated the Challenge in style - decorating the office with posters and balloons, and wearing their wristbands with pride to promote their involvement. The company made a generous donation to the Challenge and the staff contributed as well.
NOVA Southeastern University
Under the remarkable leadership of student Micaela Ann Crowley, NOVA Southeastern University raised a record-breaking $12,097 for the World Sight Day Student Challenge. Using the Optoms Cycling for Sight model from the UK, the students at NOVA 'cycled' their way across the United States on stationary bikes and in spinning classes, and garnered donations all across the country through family and friends.
Portage Vision Services
Portage la Prairie MB, Canada
“It was our great pleasure to raffle multiple pairs of Winnipeg Jets Tickets to help provide an incentive for patients to donate to Optometry Giving Sight. The excitement and joy was palpable throughout our office in raising funds for a cause close to our hearts. We express our sincere thanks to our patients and look forward to next year’s campaign.” - Dr. Gilles Lorteau and associates, Dr. Leia Pfeifer and Dr. Matthew Lepage
Gloucester and Taree, Australia
The team from Eyecare Plus practices in Taree and Gloucester, New South Wales embarked on a 50km walk between the towns of North Haven and Harrington. Along with month-long fundraising in their practices, the local community got behind the team to raise more than $1000 (and still counting). The local TV news station even covered the day! The Taree practice also won the Eyecare Plus practice decoration competition.
Carolina Family Eye Care
Drs. Amir Khoshnevis and David Lupinski: Carolina Family Eye Care has been participating in the World Sight Day Challenge since 2007, along with other programs such as monthly giving, donation box and practice match. This year they donated a day of exam fees and gave wristbands in exchange for patient donations.
Family Eyecare of Scottsdale
Dr. Stuart Bark: Many practices donate a day of eye exam fees to the World Sight Day Challenge. The idea originated from none other than Dr. Bark! Donating a day of exam fees has been an integral part of the campaign and we are delighted to incorporate the idea into the Campaign all these years.
Blacksburg Eye Associates
Dr. John Dovie: From October 8-12th Dr. Dovie’s office raised money by taking donations on glasses adjustments, raffling a pair of Oakley sunglasses, selling cookies, and by having the staff make a donation to wear jeans and the World Sight Day Challenge t-shirt for the week. Dr. Dovie said, “[We are] so happy that we could be a part of this great event!” In addition to WSDC, Dr. Dovie and staff participate in the Seeing Eye to Eye and donation box program year round.
Fig Garden Optometry
Drs. Jeffery Krohn, Alesha Jensen, Kristine Cole and Terry Cole: Fig Garden Optometry participates in the Seeing Eye to Eye Program year around, but they didn’t want to miss the opportunity for patients to make a donation for the World Sight Day Challenge. They collected donations in exchange for a wristband, handed out balloons and wore their t-shirts on Fridays to promote the Challenge in their office.
Dr. Elizabeth Christensen
Dr. Christensen’s office sent out a newsletter to promote World Sight Day, as well as facebook posts and a blog article on Optometry Giving Sight. They used all of the wristband kit supplies to decorate their office and donated all of their proceeds from the exams on October 31st.
Medical Arts Eyecare
Drs. Richard Jacobson and Patrick Lenane: For the World Sight Day Challenge, Medical Arts Eyecare participated in their first annual bowling tournament with all proceeds to benefit Optometry Giving Sight. “Along with a fun day, we also contributed to a great cause,” says Jody Shanks, Office Manager.
Dr. Jennifer Planitz-Clatanoff celebrated a Halloween-themed World Sight Day Challenge in full costume, and encouraged the students of her jazzercise class to do the same. In addition to being a monthly donor and participating in our donation box program, the doctor also generously matched all the donations raised during the event.
Illinois College of Optometry
Illinois College of Optometry has been participating in the Student Challenge since the beginning, raising the most of any other United States optometry school. For 2013, Student Challenge leader, Vivien Yip, planned a “Dining in the Dark” event, where attendees were blindfolded and able to experience an evening without their sense of sight.
Drs. Barry and Galatis
Miramichi NB, Canada
"Our office was very happy to be involved in this year’s Optometry Giving Sight campaign. Our fundraising efforts included a large gift basket filled with various items, as well as Jean Day for the staff (both of which were a huge success). It gave the staff an opportunity to come together for a common goal" Shelley Connell, Practice Coach.
Boneham Eyecare Plus located in Sydney’s CBD raised $387 for The World Sight Day Challenge, 2013. They raised funds through donating their eye exam fees, a Jelly Bean guessing competition, selling ‘bricks’ of our Vision Centre ‘Say Yes’ poster and giving wristbands in exchange for a donation. Dr Gavin Boneham and his team needed no convincing after the joy of last year’s event. The team had a wonderful time decorating the practice and getting into the giving spirit. Boneham Optometrist’s regular patient, Rani (pictured) was very excited to take home the jar of jelly beans after guessing the amount in the jar.
Fitzroy North Eye Centre
Once again, Fitzroy North Eye Centre has raised much needed funds for Optometry Giving Sight with their month-long participation in the World Sight Day Challenge in October, 2013. Practice Manager, Maria Filleri (pictured -bottom left), and her team shone in their World Sight Day Challenge Tshirts as they campaigned for a clearer future for all. “It was good fun. We had a lolly guessing competition which was a good talking point with the patients and it gave us a chance to talk about World Sight Day.” The team also donated eye exams, their own funds and sold WSDC wristbands. Already looking forward to next year it is clear that the team is very passionate about the cause, they even convinced a local café to get in on the act next year!
Lang Lang Eyecare
Kaye McCraw and the team of Lang Lang Eyecare in Victoria are committed to increasing access to eye care and have once again put their money where their mouth is raising a whopping $687 for the World Sight Day Challenge through the donation of eye exam fees and patient giving. As you can see from the photo, the team was pretty pleased with the amount they raised.
Bramalea Optometric Clinic
Brampton ON, Canada
"We truly enjoyed being part of World Sight Day Challenge this year. Our fundraising campaign included a used book sale, a great raffle with many prizes and bottled water and chocolate sales as well as patients adding donations directly to their invoices. We had great success with everything, especially the book sale! Patients and our suppliers were very generous in giving to such a great cause. We are looking forward to setting a new goal for the next year!" - Drs Rima Mammo, Susan Cooper (WCO President), Marian Cotnam, Luisa DeFaveri and the Bramalea Optometric Clinic Team.
Cambridge Eye Care
Cambridge ON, Canada
“Each year we try to add one more way of raising money for the cause. This year, my committee member added a bake sale, which turned out to be a huge success on World Sight Day. On that weekend we hosted a band at a local pub and sold tickets as well as held raffles, 50/50 draw and door prizes. Total proceeds went to Optometry Giving Sight and the band played for free. It is all about causing awareness and letting people know what $5.00 will do in a developing country. Good time was had by all and we ended up raising approx $1900.00!” – Joanne Hebert, Office Manager
Edinburgh Optometry Clinic
Guelph ON, Canada
Edinburgh Optometry Clinic's great fundraising efforts this year included: 2 donation boxes in the office, a car wash in late September to launch the efforts in October, dress-down Fridays with our T-shirts to heighten awareness, a poster where names were posted with a minimal $5 donation, as well as a 50th birthday celebration for Dr. MacNeill – with a request for no gifts but for attendees to consider a donation to Optometry Giving Sight.
Family Eyecare Centre
New Westminster BC, Canada
At Family Eyecare Centre we are passionate about eye health and ensuring everyone we come in contact with understands the importance of regular and routine eye exams. For many people in developing countries, they simply do not have the access to resources like we do in Canada. Charities like Optometry Giving Sight help us expand our reach to areas of the world that we would have little ability to help out in. This year we focused our fundraising efforts by having a bake goods and fruit sale. We visited businesses in our community to let them know about the charity we support, why it’s important to us, and how they can help. The response was overwhelming and donations poured in like crazy!
FYidoctors Prince Albert
Prince Albert SK, Canada
For the World Sight Day Challenge 2013, we at FYI Doctors in Prince Albert decided to hold a fundraising supper. We arranged with Movado’s restaurant a great price on a buffet style menu. The restaurant could seat 80 people, and thanks to our staff’s efforts, we filled all the spots. We also held a sunglass and 50/50 draw, which was a huge success. We had information sheets on each table explaining all about Optometry Giving Sight and how the funds are used, and to create awareness. We had an evening full of great company and many laughs, all for a great cause!
Old South Optometry
London ON, Canada
Old South Optometry had a great time raising money for Optometry Giving Sight both during World Sight Day and throughout the entire month. Dr. Marcella Baumann and Dr. Christina Schropp both donated a portion from each eye exam done on World Sight Day. The staff had wonderful time promoting two contests: a raffle draw for some Tommy Hilfiger Sunglasses and a jelly bean guessing contest – there were over 2300 of them! Altogether they were able to raise $346 and bring awareness to this wonderful cause.
Westmorland Eye Clinic
Saint John NB, Canada
Westmorland Eye Clinic was very excited to be able to participate in the World Sight Day fundraiser. Our office held a different event each week throughout the month of October to raise funds for this great cause, from having a yard sale, barbeque and bake sale with help from family and friends to a silent auction and square draw. We also had a table set up in our office all month with books and small household items for sale. This was a great way to bring the office closer together and do our small part to help a larger cause. We would like to thank social media such as Facebook and Kijiji for helping us spread the word. Our office is looking forward to finding creative ways to fundraise in 2014.