At the end of 2016 we decided to pledge 1% percent of our future weekly sales to Vision Aid Overseas. We have always enjoyed making people's lives better in our practice, but were looking for a way to give something back. So we decided to help people who have no access to eyecare and glasses.
Jonathan says - “We were excited by the chance to change the lives of people we may never get to meet. Vision Aid Overseas was the logical choice for us as they provide eye tests and glasses, just like we do, but to some of the poorest people in the world. When I first heard there were 640 million people in the world with significant visual impairment simply because they don’t have glasses, it seemed so unfair.”
The practice team realised that simply by donating a relatively small amount of our sales income each week, we could help literally hundreds of children and adults in Africa get the glasses they so desperately need.
“It took less than 10 minutes to set up our own donating page on the Vision Aid Overseas website and every Monday morning we simply add our donation.” - continues Jonathan.
So far, the practice has raised over £2,700, which will provide eye testing and glasses for more than 540 people.
Carole, our Optical Assistant says, “It has been a great motivation for the team and we get a real buzz from making the donation as we get to see our total increase each week. It has given us all a renewed sense of purpose at work.”
You can read about how Vision Aid Overseas uses the money we give them every week and view our latest donation total here
This article was originally produced by Vision Aid Overseas and was shared on their website here. Our pledge has also been written up on the website of the Association of Optometrists and can be viewed here.