World Sight Day October 13th 2011 Time To Get Involved

This message is from Dr. Mary Anne Murphy : Chair, Optometry Giving Sight USA

Dear Optometry Student Leaders,

World Sight Day is THIS THURSDAY, October 13th and we hope that you will join us in a successful World Sight Day Student Challenge.


So far 11 Schools in the USA and Canada* have agreed to raise funds for projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia that will directly benefit students in these regions who are studying to become optometrists.


To see exactly what we are talking about, please take 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to look at this video from Lurio University in Mozambique. We guarantee that once you meet the first ever students to graduate as Optometrists in their country, you will be moved and inspired to make sure that you and your School are making a real effort to support the Student Challenge. Many of your colleagues are already doing great things.


·         At the University of Montreal, students raised $3,000 last week at a Dining in the Dark function and are continuing to sell t-shirts and do other fundraisers.

·         Illinois College of Optometry ran an all day stall on September 30. They gave a cupcake for every $5 donation from students and faculty and had prizes for their Glasses Rx Estimation Contest and Candy Eyeball Guessing Jar, raising more than $2200.

·         Indiana University School of Optometry is holding a raffle for $100 gift certificates as well as a pizza sale on World Sight Day.  There is fierce competition between the 2nd and 3rd year classes to see who will generate the most donations from friends, family, faculty and students!

·         Students at Southern College of Optometry found an optical sponsor to produce a special ‘Memphis’ t-shirt and are selling these to students to support their Challenge.

·         University of Houston College of Optometry hosted a talent show last week. Faculty and students were asked to perform and all admission fees were counted as donations.

For more information about the Student Challenge, including ideas for fundraising, please visit the website, email us, or call 1888-OGS-GIVE.


Thank you in advance for your help.
Dr. Mary Anne Murphy
Chair, Optometry Giving Sight USA


* Participating schools to date: Illinois College of Optometry; Indiana University School of Optometry; Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry; Pacific University College of Optometry; Southern California College of Optometry; Southern College of Optometry; UMSL College of Optometry; University of California at Berkeley; University of Houston College of Optometry; University of West Indies; Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry

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