Staff at contact lens manufacturer CooperVision globally have raised more than $164,000 (USD) for Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) in support of the charity’s annual World Sight Day Challenge.
It is the fifth consecutive year that the company has taken part in the World Sight Day Challenge, which aims to raise funds for projects that provide training and establish vision centres in developing countries where eye care is limited.
More than 30 CooperVision teams around the world took part in fundraising activities to support the initiative, hosting events such as food festivals in Puerto Rico to a mountain climbing challenge in the UK.
President of CooperVision, Dan McBride, said: “Funds raised through this year’s employee campaign will make a real difference – the equivalent of providing 32,000 eye exams to people in need.”
He added: “The time and energy put into fundraising by our employees illustrates the depth of their personal and professional commitment to help improve the way people see each day.”
CooperVision’s cumulative support for OGS over the last few years is expected to exceed $2 million by the end of 2016.
Speaking about the ongoing support, CEO of OGS, Clive Miller said: “The generosity demonstrated by CooperVision employees and The Cooper Companies continues to grow, and we can’t thank them enough for their 2016 World Sight Day Challenge initiatives and donation.
“With their support, we are helping to fund projects that reach underserved communities across the planet, addressing vision loss and preventing unnecessary blindness in ways that transform lives for the better every day.”