Once a year, on the second Thursday of October, World Sight Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the 36 million people who are blind and the 217 million people that are visually impaired worldwide.
80 per cent of blindness and vision loss is curable or preventable.
That means four out of five of the visually impaired lose their sight needlessly.
That’s why Standard Chartered has committed to raising USD 100 million by 2020 through Seeing is Believing – its global initiative, run in partnership with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) – to fund leading eye health organisations to deliver projects that train doctors and health workers, develop eye care infrastructure and support services to the poor.
To show your support this World Sight Day and help tackle avoidable blindness, you can:
*Auctions start 15 October and end 2 November 2017.
Funds raised will be invested in projects to restore sight, prevent blindness and educate communities about the importance of eye care.
Since 2003, Seeing is Believing has invested over USD95 million in projects reaching more than 150 million people through medical interventions, eye examinations, eye health education and training.
Make a difference this World Sight Day and save a sight!