The Safilo Group announces new three-year commitment to Special Olympics

Over 160,000 spectacles and sunglasses to be donated annually to athletes until 2018

10 Feb 2016 by Robina Moss

specialolympicslogoThe eyewear manufacturer Safilo Group has announced a new three-year commitment to Special Olympics at its extended global leadership team meeting.

The event, which was held on 2 February at Safilo’s headquarters in Padua, Italy, was attended by 150 of the company’s global leaders.

The partnership between Safilo and Special Olympics dates back to 2003 and has provided over one million optical frames and sunglasses to Special Olympics athletes all over the world.

Safilo has renewed its support with the donation of over 160,000 spectacles and sunglasses per year up for the athletes until 2018. In addition, Safilo personnel will continue to take an active part in the implementation of the events as volunteers.

The Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program provides Special Olympics athletes in more than 80 countries with eye examinations, prescription eyewear and referrals for follow-up care.

The initiative is part of the Special Olympics global health platform, made possible through the support of the Golisano Foundation and various stakeholders.

Safilo Group chief executive, Luisa Delgado, said: “It is Safilo’s honour to continue our longstanding partnership with Special Olympics. Serving society is at the heart of our industry. Eyewear exists to care for eye sight, nurture beauty and enable vision.”

Special Olympics acting chief executive, Mary Davis, added: “Special Olympics has found that one out of every five athletes competing at games has never had an eye examination, and more than one in three athletes need a new eyewear prescription.”

She continued: “Partners such as Safilo are crucial to the success of our Opening Eyes program because together we work to break down the barriers that people with intellectual disabilities experience when seeking quality health care and access to health services. We are extremely grateful for Safilo’s continued commitment.”

The Healthy Athletes program, as well as more than 135,000 health care professionals who are trained on the specific health care concerns of people with intellectual disabilities, have provided more than 1.6 million free examinations to Special Olympics athletes in more than 130 countries.

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