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HIGHLIGHTS 2014

Bloor West Optometry

Bloor West Optometry

Toronto ON, Canada

Our thanks to the team at Bloor West Optometry for being involved in the World Sight Day Challenge this year. They generously donated an amount for every full eye exam given in October!

Doctors Eyecare Wetaskiwin

Doctors Eyecare Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin AB, Canada

Doctors Eyecare Wetaskiwin was delighted to participate in the World Sight Day Challenge for Optometry Giving Sight again this year. We donated the doctor's eye exam fees, sold eyeball cupcakes and had a draw to win the jar full of chocolate eyeballs (pictured here with the winner of the jar).

Dolman Eyecare Centre

Dolman Eyecare Centre

New Hamburg ON, Canada

For the month of October our practice supported the World Sight Day Challenge, by offering baked goods and/or tickets to enter a draw for a beautiful seasonal swag (created and donated by staff member Deb) to encourage our patients to make a donation. Our staff wore the World Sight Day Challenge T-Shirts on the Wednesday 'kick-off' day and every Friday in the month of October to keep our enthusiasm high. Our patients donated $1124.25 and our clinic matched every dollar up to $750, for a final donation total of $1874.25! We know that this can provide more than 375 eye exams and glasses to those who are in need! We already have ideas of how to increase our donation level next year. Our goal for 2015 is $2,500!

FYidoctors -Truro

FYidoctors -Truro

Truro NS, Canada

To raise money for Optometry Giving Sight during October, the staff at FYidoctors-Truro in Nova Scotia Canada ran several events: 1). Staff members donated used books and offered them in return for a minimum $2 donation. 2). They held a draw for a 'Fall Gift Card Wreath' worth $350 where everyone in their office (doctors and staff) each generously donated a gift card for a local business to put on the wreath. 3). Their optician, Randy Shaw, offered to shave his head if they reached their fundraising goal of $1000! They tracked their donations throughout the month on their 'thermometer' poster, and $1056.55 was raised in total!

FYidoctors Waterfront Eyecare

FYidoctors Waterfront Eyecare

Penticton BC, Canada

Staff members of Waterfront Eyecare in Penticton BC got very creative and held a flashmob at their local farmer's market to raise awareness and invite donations for the World Sight Day Challenge! View the video below:

Click here for Waterfront Flashmob!
FYidoctors – New Westminster

FYidoctors – New Westminster

New Westminster BC, Canada

FYidoctors – New Westminster, formerly Family Eyecare Centre, held a successful mobile bake sale again this year, where they 'hit the road' - taking a wagon full of delicious goodies baked by staff members around to all the business in the mall they reside in. They also donated $5 from each child Optomap done during October, and the doctors each made donations. They raised a total of $2,561.75!

Henderson Vision Centre

Henderson Vision Centre

Winnipeg MB, Canada

Henderson Vision Centre in Winnipeg MB raised over $2000 for the World Sight Day Challenge this year! Staff member Debbie Klepatz describes their success: "There are three things that helped us to achieve and surpass our goal of $1000.00 this year: the offer our staff member Dolores made to shave her head if we reached $1,000.00; the generous contribution from our lens supplier Hoya of a free set of lenses for a draw; and a little friendly competition amongst the staff (at the end of the month the staff member who generated the most donations won a $25.00 Visa gift card). A special thanks to Dolores, for personally donating the hair off of her head!

Norfolk Family Eye Care

Norfolk Family Eye Care

Simcoe and Port Dover ON, Canada

Our team at Norfolk Family Eye Care chose to dedicate the month of October to raise donations for Optometry Giving Sight. Our sign in front of our Practice gave attention to the cause. We normally change nose pads for free but instead we asked for a toonie to give to Optometry Giving Sight.

Optical Image

Optical Image

Swift Current SK, Canada (#1 Practice in Canada!)

Optical Image set their sights high this year for the World Sight Day Challenge with the goal of raising more than any other optometric practice has in Canada in previous years. They managed to exceed their goal, raising $13,220.00! To do this they held a series of fundraising events throughout October, but with the added incentive that if $5000 was raised, Optician Trent Tallon would shave his head, and if $10,000 was raised, Dr. Sasha Godenir would also shave her head! The incentive definitely worked, and both of them graciously shaved their heads on November 3rd! Our sincere thanks to Dr. Godenir, Dr. Block, Trent and all of the staff at Optical Image for your outstanding efforts and support!

Queensway Optometric Centre

Queensway Optometric Centre

Mississauga ON, Canada (#2 Practice in Canada!)

The team at Queensway Optometric Centre has managed to raise a phenomenal amount again this year for the World Sight Day Challenge, even with the added inconvenience of renovations. They raised over $7400.00! Office Manager Terri Fracassa explains: "This year we undertook a huge project of renovations in our office, and despite that, Queensway and our patients have picked up its own momentum of giving. Patients see your newsletter framed on our reception desk, celebrating our team, efforts and past contribution and want to contribute…it is so nice to see a natural compassion to give from our patients and be a part of our success. We are so grateful and can’t thank our patients enough."

University of Waterloo Optometry Students

University of Waterloo Optometry Students

Waterloo, Canada (#2 school in North America!)

The University of Waterloo Optometry Students participated again in a big way this year for the World Sight Day Challenge, raising an amazing $7,258.66! Their fundraising included a 'Dining in the Dark' event where participants were blindfolded during a meal to simulate what it would be like to be blind, and a silent auction for many items that were generously donated by the optometric community, local businesses and individuals. A big thanks to the main student organizers who made it all happen: Catherine Wright, Darcy Dennis and Rachel. Sincere thanks to TLC Laser Centre Waterloo for donating a laser eye surgery gift certificate, and our thanks to everyone who volunteered, donated items or funds.

University of Montreal Optometry Students

University of Montreal Optometry Students

Montreal, Canada (#1 school in North America!)

The University of Montreal optometry students raised the highest amount ever by a Canadian optometry school this year for the World Sight Day Challenge, with a total of $10,005.00! Their fundraising included a variety of activities including raffles; silent auctions; 'selling' t-shirts, coffee mugs and wristbands; and a successful Dining in the Dark event held at the 'Au Noir' restaurant where participants ate in complete darkness to simulate what it would be like to be blind. Special thanks to the wonderful student organizers who made it all happen: Josiane Rancourt, Josiane Robillard, Mylène Genest and Laurianne Trudeau. Sincere thanks to Lasik MD for donating a laser eye surgery gift certificate, and our thanks to everyone who volunteered, donated items or funds.

Valley Vision Optometry

Valley Vision Optometry

Port Alberni BC, Canada

The staff at Valley Vision Optometry in Port Alberni BC Canada had another successful year of fundraising! In addition to their used book sale, raffles, donations for adjustments and the practice donating a day of eye exam fees, the team also sold delicious Bernard Callebaut chocolate bars this year to raise even more funds for people in need. It was a great success and over $4400.00 was raised!

Victoria Vision Eye Care

Victoria Vision Eye Care

Victoria BC, Canada

Victoria Vision Eye Care in Victoria BC Canada celebrated the World Sight Day Challenge with a splash! They put their own twist on an icebucket challenge by having patients and local businesses donate $5 to Optometry Giving Sight for the right to vote for whether Dr. Webster, Dr. Hildebrand, or Michael Webster (their business manager) would get an ice bucket dumped on their head on October 10th. It ended up being a three-way tie, so all three got soaked! They also generously donated 100% of their eye exam fees on the 10th. $4355 was raised in total!

Eyes at Narangba

Eyes at Narangba

Narangba QLD, Australia

Eyes at Narangba donated their eye exam fees and ran a lolly guessing competition- with one participant donating $500! The lucky Margaret Chance took home the jar! What are the chances of that!?

Baker Payne Webb Optometrists

Baker Payne Webb Optometrists

Port Macquarie, Australia

Baker, Payne and Webb Optometrists patient, Mitchell Scott was one happy camper after he won the lolly guessing competition at Baker, Payne and Webb Optometrists in Port Macquarie.

Canterbury Eyecare

Canterbury Eyecare

Canterbury VIC, Australia

Canterbury Eyecare raised $700, through patient donations and donating some of their exam fees. Optometrist Chris Katopodis was no doubt even more motivated after volunteering some of his time at the Sumba Eye Program in May 2014. This year, the team continued fundraising for World Sight Day during the popular Maling Road Kristkindl Festival in December where they sold Eye-Popping Popcorn.

Sure Optical

Sure Optical

Lisarow NSW, Australia

Sure Optical’s annual fundraiser, Highballs for Eyeballs raised a huge $4,505. Fun was had by all with the signature cocktail of the night - the “Green Chartreuse”, coin toss games, raffle, delicious food and balloon purchases.

Harris Blake and Parsons Optometrists

Harris Blake and Parsons Optometrists

Ringwood VIC, Australia

Well done to the team at Harris, Blake & Parsons Optometrists who raised $340!

Eyecare Plus Bundaberg

Eyecare Plus Bundaberg

Bundaberg QLD, Australia

Congratulations to Jasmine, who guessed the correct amount of lollies in the Eyecare Plus Bundaberg Jelly Bean guessing competition (she guessed 383!) and thank you to Eyecare Plus Bundaberg for raising $169.

Eyecare Plus North Altona

Eyecare Plus North Altona

North Altona VIC, Australia

Congratulations to Ben! This very clever young man was the closest guess to the correct number of lollies at Eyecare Plus North Altona, who raised $86 for Optometry Giving Sight.

Eyecare Plus Ascot

Eyecare Plus Ascot

Ascot QLD, Australia

Eyecare Plus Ascot raised a whopping $320, as part of their annual Lolly Jar Guessing Competition. (And big congratulations to Aaron Brunings on winning the lolly jar with a correct guess of 61 Chocolates!)

Eyecare Plus Toowoomba (Durkin and Black Optometrists)

Eyecare Plus Toowoomba (Durkin and Black Optometrists)

Toowoomba QLD, Australia

Thank you to Eyecare Plus Toowoomba for raising $700. This year, their innovative treasure map had many kids wonder where the treasure was… Tillie Nixon, Fletcher McCarthy and Rosemary Boyce were the lucky guessers and have all won an Eyecare Plus goodie bag filled with treasure!

Paul McCarthy Optometrists

Paul McCarthy Optometrists

Drummoyne NSW, Australia

Paul McCarthy Optometrists raised an amazing $914 taking over their local courtyard by organising a raffle cake and cupcakes bake/sale.

Dyson and Long Optometrists

Dyson and Long Optometrists

Bairnsdale VIC, Australia

Thank you to Dyson and Long Optometrists for raising an astonishing $2,584, initially pledging $1,000! This was simply achieved through patient fundraising, exam fee donations, wristbands sales and all suited up to fundraise in their WSDC t-shirts.

ECP Casino

ECP Casino

Casino NSW, Australia

Eyecare Plus Casino achieved their goal once again this year and received a Platinum Award for their whopping $1,110 raised. "We had a bake sale in our local town of Casino NSW where we raised over $160. We are striving for a Platinum Award like we did last year and are well on our way for this. We hope that fund raising is going well this year and look forward to participating again next year,” said Eyecare Plus Casino practice employee Jacinta.

Ocean Eyes

Ocean Eyes

Ocean Grove VIC, Australia

Ocean Eyes put their donation box to good use and received many patient donations. The practice also donated their exam fees to Optometry Giving Sight and managed to raise a total $971.

ECP Moss Vale

ECP Moss Vale

Moss Vale NSW, Australia

Eyecare Plus Moss Vale were one of the practices taking on our new pledging option. They pledged $500 but ended up raising a fantastic $1,245! They held a morning tea, inviting the public to join them for biscuits, cake and scones and donate to Optometry Giving Sight. The practice staff even became local celebrities, appearing in Southern Highland News!

Essilor - Sydney

Essilor - Sydney

Sydney NSW, Australia

As part of their WSDC, the Essilor Head Office, Accounting and Marketing team volunteered in the Eye Didn’t Know That program and helped screen approximately 100 children a day in low socio-economic school in Sydney’s outer west. Everybody had a fantastic time! Photo: Angela Vuong (Essilor), Chris Daw (Essilor), Danni Liu (Essilor), Hana Huynh, Dian Rahardjo, Eleonore Trottin (Essilor) , Ron Baroni, Elain McKinley, Graham McKinley.

Essilor QLD Lab

Essilor QLD Lab

QLD, Australia

Each of the Essilor state labs fundraised for Optometry Giving sight and had great fun taking part. The QLD lab had a fancy dress party and celebrated World Sight Day with an impressive cake featuring the WSDC logo.

Provision

Provision

Hobart TAS, Australia

At their bi-annual conference in Hobart, Provision fundraised an astonishing $6,230.

General Optical

General Optical

Rosebery NSW, Australia

General Optical staff fundraised $14,119 throughout the entire year, which is capped off with a BBQ on World Sight Day.

Brien Holden Vision Institute

Brien Holden Vision Institute

Sydney NSW, Australia

The Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) staff organised a trivia day and morning tea on World Sight Day and raised $203. The BHVI then matched their donations so a total of $406 was raised!

Westfund Group

Westfund Group

Lithgow NSW, Australia

The Wesfund group had a “Pirate Patch Day” to raise $848 as well as awareness of living with a vision impairment.

Deakin University School of Optometry

Deakin University School of Optometry

Deakin VIC, Australia

For the second year in a row, the Deakin School of Optometry students held a carnival day and managed to raise $1,386. They organised BBQs, bake sales, Sumo wrestling, inflatable twister games and even had a mechanical bull!

UNSW School of Optometry

UNSW School of Optometry

Kensington NSW, Australia

The students of UNSW School of Optometry raised a whopping $2,710 by holding a BBQ, a “Bake Sale for Sight” stall, a chocolate sale and taking part in the City 2 Surf “Fun Run”.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

QLD, Australia

The School of Optometry, QUT held a raffle at their Eye Ball event and organised a dodgeball and cupcake baking competitions with each of the five years competing against each other to raise the most money. A total of $2,186 was raised.

Advanced Eye Care

Advanced Eye Care

Oklahoma, US

What does a $1,000 in patient donations look like? If you are visiting Advanced Eye Care in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it looks like donor cards stretching across the front reception area, over to the check-out desk and around the optical area. And maybe even around the block before they are done! Along with Dr. Denise Roddy's matching donation for the World Sight Day Challenge, Advanced Eye Care is helping hundreds of people receive the gift of vision.

Gaylord Eye Care Center

Gaylord Eye Care Center

Michigan, US

Gaylord Eye Care Center combined their Patient Appreciation Day and Frames Sale event with the World Sight Day Challenge. For every $25 donation a patient made, they received a $50 discount off their purchase. They raised $900 from patients and the practice is making a $5 donation for every frame sold! A big thank you goes out to Melissa Olson and Drs. Mead, Oppermann, N. Slezak and R. Slezak, as well as the amazing staff!

University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry

University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry

Texas, US

University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry has been participating in the World Sight Day Student Challenge for three years and 2014 has been their best year yet! Under the direction of students Samantha Bohl and Denisse Lopez De Chacon, they raised over $4,500 doing a "Dining in the Dark" event. Attendees of the event experienced a meal and entertainment while being blindfolded, to better understand what people with poor vision experience every day.

Linden Optometry, a P.C.

Linden Optometry, a P.C.

California, US

Linden Optometry had such a successful World Sight Day Challenge fundraiser that they won the travel stipend award for the most donations raised by a US practice! One member of their office will be able to see firsthand how their donations are being used during a site visit of their choosing. Congratulations to the winner and thank you to everyone for their support of the Challenge!

Astoria Vision Source

Astoria Vision Source

Texas, US

In order to raise community awareness, Dr. Fiona Kolia of McAllen organized for the assistant vice principal of Dr. Rodney D. Cathey Middle School, Mrs. Vallejo, to speak to the school about World Sight Day and Optometry Giving Sight. The school recognized the day in their morning announcements and wristbands were handed out throughout the day to the students. A special thanks goes out to the 7th Grade Girls’ Volleyball Team, Mrs. Vallejo, and Dr. Kolia and staff of Astoria Vision Source. Go Lady Cobras!

Europa International

Europa International

Illinois, US

Europa International had a clever spin for the Challenge and came up with the World Sight Day Challenge Madness. Fashioned after the “March Madness” basketball competition, employees vied for the number one position and ‘serious bragging rights’ all in support of a good cause. They even designed their own Official Tournament basket[eye]balls.

Demandforce

Demandforce

California, US

Demandforce has been participating in the World Sight Day Company Challenge for three years. In 2014 they participated in the World Sight Day "Wristband" Challenge during the Vision Expo West conference in Las Vegas.

CooperVision

CooperVision

Global

CooperVision staff around the world raised funds for the Company Challenge once again in 2014. This year they exceeded their target by 30% through donations to their Fight for Sight campaign, which was matched by The Cooper Companies for a grand total of $115k! CooperVision is a Global Gold Sponsor and is a member of the World Sight Day Challenge Coalition.

Triad Eye Center

Triad Eye Center

North Carolina, US

Every year the Triad Eye Center raises patient donations for the World Sight Day Challenge. They produce a project specific poster to highlight how the donations are being used to help people see around the world. Along with the patient donations, they make a practice donation and are members of the Circle of Sight monthly donation program. Thank you to Drs. Koop and Martinek, and Becky and the staff at Triad Eye Center for their long-standing support.

Paragon Vision Sciences

Paragon Vision Sciences

Arizona, US

Joe Sicari, President and CEO of Paragon Vision Sciences showed his support, as well as the entire staff, by wearing their World Sight Day Challenge t-shirts and making a company donation in support of the Challenge. During the month of October, Paragon included a World Sight Day wristband in product shipments to spread the word about avoidable blindness and the importance of receiving an eye exam.

Greg Pearl, O.D.

Greg Pearl, O.D.

California, US

Dr. Greg Pearl is no stranger to philanthropy and his assistants are well on the way to following in his footsteps. They raised over $3,000 from their patients alone in support of the World Sight Day Challenge. Keep up the amazing work, and thank you for your passion to give the gift of vision.

REM Eyewear

REM Eyewear

California, US

Hungry to Give? Donna Gindy is! A highly regarded member of the Optical Women's Association and the profession at large, Donna turned her cooking skills into a fundraising skill for the World Sight Day Challenge by inviting the staff and executive team at REM Eyewear to enjoy her fine cooking and raise funds for the Challenge. Donna and her brother, REM CEO, Mike Hundert matched the donations received. "We believe it is important to support the World Sight Day Challenge each year as a show of our generosity to a charity directly related to vision care," Mr. Hundert said. When Donna was asked about her reasons for inviting REM staff to her home, she laughed and said, "Well, I am a pretty good cook!" Bon Appetite!

Inter American University of Puerto Rico

Inter American University of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, US

For the second year in a row, Kim Lam and the Student Challenge committee at Inter American has grown their Student Challenge fundraising efforts tenfold. They offered delectable sweets at an Ice Cream Social and had a friendly Volleyball tournament to round out the festivities. It was the perfect combination of sweat and sweets to raise funds and awareness about the World Sight Day Challenge.

Vision Source Family Eye Center

Vision Source Family Eye Center

Texas, US

Dr. Moes Nasser has been a long standing supporter of Optometry Giving Sight and first began participating in the World Sight Day Challenge in 2007. To celebrate the Challenge in 2014 he held a raffle at his three Texas locations and raised over $3,500 in patient donations!

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

Pennsylvania, US

Students, Christin DeMoss and Heather Whyte led the efforts of the Student Challenge by continuing the tradition of fun-hair-raising at PCO. For the past two years, PCO has held an event inviting faculty and students to grow their facial hair for a month. Men and woman alike vied for the fun-hair-raising Challenge Champion title in support of raising funds for the World Sight Day Student Challenge.

Vision Source Headquarters

Vision Source Headquarters

Texas, US

Vision Source Headquarters took support for the Company Challenge to a new level in 2014. The Executive team, including founder and Executive Chairman Dr. Glenn Ellisor, formed teams to see who could raise the most funds. Glenn’s team, the Cry Babies, initiated the Pie in the Eye Challenge – which they hope might become as popular as the Ice Bucket Challenge. Who couldn’t resist throwing a pie at the boss?

Southern College of Optometry

Southern College of Optometry

Tennessee, US

Southern College of Optometry has been participating in the Student Challenge for the last five years. Under the direction of Erick Henderson, the 2014 World Sight Day Challenge was their most successful to date! Each year they hold a t-shirt design contest and have been able to help over 2,000 people receive the gift of vision through their donations. Thanks to Erick and all the student and faculty support at SCO!

Scrivens Opticians

Scrivens Opticians

UK

Following the success of the World Sight Day Challenge in 2013, Scrivens Opticians pledged to support Optometry Giving Sight by taking part in the 2014 campaign and raised over £3,000! The family-run optical chain took part with over 80 of their practices doing everything from bake sales, fancy dress and raffles! They also donated £1.00 for each eye examination carried out on World Sight Day. Claire Burrows, Scrivens’s Head of Marketing, said, “Once again we are delighted to be able to support this important cause and take part in the world Sight Day Challenge for a second year. The campaign was a great success last year and our patients really appreciated our efforts to help people that don’t have access to eye care, and provided a great tool to promote the importance of eye care in our own communities.”

Essilor UK

Essilor UK

Thornbury, Bristol UK

Essilor Limited, silver national sponsors of Optometry Giving Sight, pledged on World Sight Day, October 9th that they will match the £12k of funds raised by cyclists up and down the country in support of the World Sight Day Challenge for Optometry Giving Sight. Mike Kirkley, Essilor Limited Managing Director, commented, “We believe in Optometry Giving Sight’s mission which is why we are pleased to contribute by matching the Optoms Cycling for Sight total as part of the World Sight Day Challenge and build on our strong relationship. We are proud to support the cycle initiative in which so many groups and individuals have undertaken truly impressive challenges that have made a difference to Optometry Giving Sight.” (Pictured Mike Kirkley on bike)

Tim Bowden of Bowden and Lowe Opticians

Tim Bowden of Bowden and Lowe Opticians

Gillingham. UK

Tim Bowden is a long term supporter and National Committee member of Optometry Giving Sight. Over the years Tim has taken to his bike for ‘Optoms Cycling Sight’ as part of the World Sight Day Challenge. In 2014 he cycled 326 miles between Chester to Richborough Castle in Kent, and raised over £2,000 for a second year running! In recognition of completing his 2014 World Sight Day Challenge Tim Bowden said, ‘It has been good for my health and fitness levels whilst at the same time helping to drive awareness amongst patients and friends of the misfortune of others that do not have access to eye care and eyewear that we take for granted.’ (Tim Bowden pictured on his bike)

Specsavers Opticians Sutton-in-Ashfield

Specsavers Opticians Sutton-in-Ashfield

Nottinghamshire, UK

Specsavers Sutton in Ashfield took part in the World Sight Day Challenge for a 2nd year running and promoted wrist bands and a competition to guess how many sweets in the jar. Mrs Pringle was a proud winner of the competition and the practice was awarded with a bronze award from the funds they raised. Picture: Specsavers Sutton in Ashfield with Mrs Pringle the 'Guess how many sweets in the Jar' competition winner.

Ireland Infocus Opticians

Ireland Infocus Opticians

Portlaoise, Ireland

Infocus Opticians in Ireland took part in the World Sight Day Challenge across their three practices. As part of the fundraiser they sold cakes and wrists bands, and instead of charging for repairs they put the money towards the collection. In total they raised €225.00 and each practice received a bronze award. (Picture: The Portlaoise store for World Sight Day)

Morgan White Optometrists UK

Morgan White Optometrists UK

Oxford, London, UK

Morgan White Optometrists is a loyal Optometry Giving Supporter, and takes part in the World Sight Day Challenge year on year. In 2014 they raised £287.22 and was awarded a gold award. They ran a series of events, including the sale of wrist bands and a lucky dip. Mrs. Morgan commented "We take part every year and our staff and patients really enjoy it, it's such a rewarding feeling to know our efforts help give others the opportunity to have access to eye care."

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