Australia World Sight Challenge 2015 update

Australia World Sight Challenge 2015 update

A Practice participation record!


The optical community has once again amazed and impressed us with the level of involvement and support they have shown!


This year’s World Sight Day Challenge has set a record in practice participation, with 413 practices signed to take the Challenge. This is a fantastic increase of 13% on last year!


Here are just some of the great stories shared with us so far by practices, companies and schools.

WSDC Australia 2015 Practices


General Optical donated a whopping $14,510, which is a fantastic 3% on last year!


Eyecare Plus Ltd once again matched their members’ donations to a maximum of $10,000.


Sure Eye Care held their annual Highballs for Eyeballs and raised a record $5,939. The silent and live auctions, coin tossing and popping of the balloons were great favourites of the night.


St Kilda Eyecare, The Eye Practice, Young Eyes Optometry, Horsfalls Optometrists Echuca donated exam fees for the month, each to a value of $1,000.
Hansens Eyecare Plus Orange donating $2,000 worth of exam fees!


Clarity Optometrists Bulimba launched “October Challenge Month” and raised $1,430 for Optometry Giving Sight.


LensPro Optometrists Booval Fair had a bake sale with staff wearing green glasses. The team raised a total of $336.40.


Provision held their annual staff raffle and raised over $1,000.


Eyes@Narangba set a practice target of $1,000 this year and looked on target thanks to their new “Wheel of Sight” with fantastic prizes to win for a $5 donation per spin. “The Wheel of Sight to win Maui Jim sunglasses is definitely the most popular this year," said Sonia. They also asked for $5 donations in exchange of wristbands, had a lolly guessing competition, with $1 a guess and even offered people to use their Eftpos card to make their donations if they didn’t have any small change with them.


Alcon celebrated World Sight Day with a photo and lolly guessing competition. The 3 winners were rewarded with a day off with pay and Alcon matched the total donation amount made by the staff on World Sight Day.


WSDC 2015 Aus Students


The UNSW students raised $5,304 by holding BBQs, bake sales, taking part in the annual City2Surf run and simply collecting donations.


The students at Deakin University ran a World Sight Day Carnival, with activities including Giant Jenga and Wresting Jumping Castle. They also collected funds through running a sausage sizzle and fairy floss maker. Everyone had a great day and was proud to raise a total of $437.20. 


The UMOSS students have long been supporters of Optometry Giving Sight to raise awareness for blindness and vision impairment on World Sight Day. This year they raised $2,132 by holding bake sales, a comedy night, chocolate fundraisers and a “guess the prescription” competition.


The QUT students raised a record $3,252.20 by holding numerous bake sales, hosting a trivia night, selling raffle tickets at social events (dodgeball competition and the annual Eye Ball) and selling “Optometry 2015” hoodies with all of the profit going straight to Optometry Giving Sight.


Clarity Bulli


What a fantastic effort by all!


Ron Baroni

Country Manager -  Australia

Optometry Giving Sight