World Sight Day Fundraising Events at DIT

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Students at World Sight Fundraising Day 2012

08 October 2013: DIT students are running fundraising events in connection with World Sight Day on Thursday 10 October.

The events, which include a street collection, comedy show and bake sale, will raise funds for Optometry Giving Sight (www.givingsight.org) which was established and is chaired by Dr James Loughman of DIT’s Optometry Department.

Three DIT optometry graduates are on the national committee of the charity along with one current student. All the funds go towards the development of vision centres around Mozambique – currently there are none but funds provided so far will help to develop the first three centres and further fundraising will provide more.

There are two events lined up for 10 October – the LOL Comedy Show taking place at Anseo, Camden Street (entry fee €10) and a street collection taking place from Kevin Street to Grafton Street. Optometry students will be collecting funds in donation boxes and selling WSD wristbands for €3 each.

Some yummy goods will be on sale at a bake sale at DIT Kevin Street and DIT Aungier Street on Wednesday 16 October.

Other upcoming events include a sponsored climb in Croagh Patrick on 19 October and a Halloween Dead Ringers Party (31 October) in the Bleeding Horse, Camden Street. Entry fee is €5 with a raffle, competitions and a prize for the best competition also lined up.

“World Sight Day is a global initiative that provides an opportunity to raise the profile of the causes of blindness and vision impairment, and this year promotes the concept of Universal Eye Health,” said Dr James Loughman of DIT’s Optometry Department.

“Over the past four years, optometry students at Dublin Institute of Technology have raised substantial funds for the Irish charity Optometry Giving Sight, in aid of the Mozambique Eyecare Project. Such funds are critical to the success of the Mozambique Eyecare Project.

“Graduating optometrists represents a significant achievement, but without investment in the infrastructure to support vision service delivery, the optometrists will fail to make the desired impact to eliminate avoidable blindness.

“The funds raised have, and will continue to be invested in a sustainable programme to establish vision centres around the country, particularly where resources are most scarce. Ultimately, those in need of eye care will receive it as a consequence of the amazing efforts of Irish optometry students at Dublin Institute of Technology.”

The first ever optometrists (a group of nine) to be trained in Mozambique will graduate on 20 October in northern Mozambique.

 

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