The team at Sure Eye Care Photo: Jen O’Keefe Photography
By Rhiannon Riches
Sure Eye Care is aiming to beat its fund-raising record last year of $5,939 for the World Sight Day Challenge.
This is the Gosford, NSW practice’s fifth year of taking part in the event. It will join forces again with cocktail bar ReviveR for their annual Highballs for Eyeballs event. Owner and principal optometrist Amanda Rungis explains why they are involved in the challenge.
‘In the past four years we have raised $18,000 for Optometry Giving Sight, which translates into about 3,600 people who can now see because of a new pair of glasses,’ she said.
‘We encourage optometrists to join the World Sight Day Challenge and to think outside the box about how they can make the challenge an interesting, fun experience for their staff and patients, and make an important difference in the world.’
Early career optometrists and student groups will be supporting the challenge for its 10th anniversary. In New South Wales, the Young Optometrists and the UNSW Optometry Student Society participated in the 2016 Sun-Herald City2Surf run to raise money to show their support.
Catherine Huynh, president of the UNSW World Sight Day Challenge student committee, says the group is confirming further plans which include a doughnut fundraising event, a movie night and a photo booth stall for World Sight Day on 13 October.
This year, funds raised from the challenge will help support Our Children’s Vision, a global campaign to bring better vision and eye health services to 50 million children by 2020. This will be in addition to Optometry Giving Sight’s ongoing support of optometry development programs that are training local people to be optometrists.
Read more about Optometry Giving Sight and Our Children’s Vision and information on how to get involved.
Register to take part in the 2016 World Sight Day Challenge.