Staff at Cariboo Eye Care Clinic wear shirts in support of World Sight Day Challenge and are raising funds for the cause through October.

Staff at Cariboo Eye Care Clinic wear shirts in support of World Sight Day Challenge and are raising funds for the cause through October.

Local optometrists fundraise for universal eye health

Cariboo Eye Care Clinic taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge in October to help give the gift of vision to people in areas of need.

Local optometrists Dr. Dan Derksen, Dr. Julianna Lam, Dr. Andrew Roy, Dr. Kate Dalrymple and Dr. Amber Jeanotte of Cariboo Eye Care Clinic are taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge during October to help give the gift of vision to people in areas of need.

Now in its 7th year, the World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses. The campaign goal for 2014 is to raise $1 million globally.

During the month of October, Cariboo Eye Care Clinic will be participating in a social media campaign to help the more than 600 million people in the world who are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses.

FYiDoctors will donate $1 for every person that “likes” and/or “shares” our Facebook page, as well as $1 for every re-tweet we receive from our followers.  The campaign is run by global charity, Optometry Giving Sight.

“This is our first year supporting this program,” said Dr. Dan Derksen.  “Preventable blindness is a solvable problem and we are proud to help give sight to those in need.

“We are thrilled to be contributing towards this year’s $1 million goal, which will improve the lives of many people.”

Just $5 can be enough to help provide an eye exam and a pair of glasses to someone living in an underserved community. Every contribution is meaningful.

Participating in the Challenge is easy – simply make a single or monthly donation before the end of October.