CooperVision has made a $262,000 (USD) donation to Optometry Giving Sight (OGS).
The contact lens company raised the funds through its support of this year’s World Sight Day Challenge (October), an annual initiative that it has supported for the last seven years, during which it has raised more than $1 million (USD) for the charity.
The 2018 donation is 35% higher than the amount it made in 2017, with over 40 of CooperVision’s global facilities driving awareness and holding fundraising activities ranging from bake sales, raffles and barbeques to artwork auctions and jean days.
President of CooperVision, Dan McBride, highlighted that the company’s 2018 World Sight Day Challenge donation represents approximately 52,000 eye exams for people around the world who could otherwise be at risk for a range of vision challenges.
“The incredible generosity displayed by our global employees will help to ensure much needed vision care for thousands of adults and children in need,” he said, adding: “The expert care they'll receive will not only provide near-term benefits, but in many cases a lifetime of greater opportunity through the gift of sight.”
In addition to supporting OGS through the World Sight Day Challenge, CooperVision contributes to the charity through a patient rebate donation programme in the US, which totalled over $175,000 this year.
It also supports OGS Lens Ferry donations and its One Bright Vision marketing programme across Europe for the benefit of people living in Africa and India.