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News : Mar 17 2017

Bedford Eye Care receives Silver Award for donations to Optometry Giving Sight in 2016

Bedford Eye Care receives Silver Award for donations to Optometry Giving Sight in 2016

BEDFORD EYE CARE RAISES AWARD-WINNING AMOUNT FOR EYE CHARITY

Local optometrists, Drs. Mandelman, Cox, Sheppard, McLeod, Boudreau and Matthews and the staff members of Bedford Eye Care, have been acknowledged by Optometry Giving Sight as Silver award level fundraisers, thanks to their efforts during the 2016 World Sight Day Challenge.

The doctors and practice staff] [raised funds and made a donation during on World Sight Day 2016 by holding a fundraiser and donating eye exam fees. This money will be used to support sustainable eye care projects in underserved communities around the world, helping people who are needlessly blind or vision impaired and in urgent need of eye care.

“We are delighted to have received a Silver award,” said Dr. Mandelman.

“I have supported Optometry Giving Sight for over 10 years and am proud to donate to such a worthwhile cause. The World Sight Day Challenge is a great way to help support the millions of people who don’t have access to the basic eye care that we can take for granted.”

Optometry Giving Sight is committed to supporting programs focusing on training local eye care professionals so that people in need will have access to sustainable eye care from within their own community.

Optometry Giving Sight has funded 97 projects in 39 countries since 2007. These projects have helped to:

• provide basic eye care services to over 7.6 million people
• support the establishment of 133 vision centres
• train more than 14,000 eye care personnel, which includes funding support to 9 Schools or Colleges of Optometry where 782 students are currently enrolled. 383 students have already graduated with the potential to see 766,000 patients per year.

For more information about Optometry Giving Sight, visit www.givingsight.org