The World Sight Day Challenge in the USA has been busy and exciting with hundreds of practices, companies and schools raising funds, making donations, having fun, and highlighting the importance of good vision care with their family, friends, colleagues and customers. There have been many wonderful highlights, including:
The Member Support Center Challenge that was conducted as part of the Vision Source Million Dollar Campaign. This involved Vision Source management and staff in the Kingwood office being divided into 3 teams with each competing to raise $100,000. The competition was fierce and went down to the wire with the Black Team taking line honors at five minutes to midnight on World Sight Day, October 8th.
Dr. Steve Rice and the My Vision Clinic in Springfield MO achieved a fundraising highlight for this year’s WSDC by raising $5k in support of their 5k run. More than 100 people participated in the run.
Dr. Greg Pearl’s staff at Costco in Los Angeles, CA have been working hard to beat their fundraising total from last year. They are asking each of their patients for a donation throughout October and are on track to raise more than $2,000.
Highlights of the Company Challenge include Alcon’s Cycle for Sight 20/20 Challenge, which was a huge success at their Fort Worth campus, with associates cycling nearly 2,500 minutes.
Staff at Demandforce took a different approach with a staff get together with marked up sales of beer contributing to a healthy total to be matched by management.
CooperVision have once again been participating in the global Fight for Sight campaign, with a range of events including a 5K walk/run, “Celebrate Vision” month, t-shirt sale, jeans days, crepe day, raffles and much more.
The Student Challenge has been hugely successful with 20 colleges of optometry and 6 pre-optometry clubs participating. They are jockeying to win 3 - $1,000 VOSH International sponsored travel stipends, for them to visit and experience first hand how their donated money is being used. University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg College of Optometry, reprised its successful Dining in the Dark fundraiser again this year. Other activities include an ice cream social, volleyball tournament and Dining in the Dark fundraiser at Inter American University; t-shirt design competition at Southern College of Optometry; and Cycling for Sight event at Pacific College of Optometry at Salus University.
This has definitely been our most exciting Challenge to date and will greatly assist our efforts to fund sustainable eye and vision care projects in underserved communities throughout the world. Our sincere thanks to all those who have made a donation already and we encourage all those who have yet to do so to visit givingsight.org.