CooperVision Efforts Raise a Record $200,500 for 2017 World Sight Day Challenge
PLEASANTON, CALIF.—Thanks to record-breaking fundraising from employees worldwide, CooperVision, Inc. has donated $200,500 to Optometry Giving Sight in support of the 2017 World Sight Day Challenge. This represents the largest single donation made to the organization this year, according to an announcement from CooperVision.
2017 marked the sixth consecutive year that CooperVision employees organized fundraisers over several weeks, with matching funds pledged by The Cooper Companies. CooperVision is an Optometry Giving Sight Global Gold Sponsor.
More than 40 CooperVision sites and teams, the most ever within the company, conceived and hosted a variety of spirited and successful activities to engage employees, bring awareness to the campaign and generate donations. In addition to widespread sales of CooperVision Fight for Sight-branded bracelets, initiatives included a 10K fun run in South Africa, a soccer match in Mexico, a 24-hour cycling relay in the U.K., an auction in China, a foosball tournament in Costa Rica, raffles and silent auctions in the U.S., and a fiesta in Singapore.
“The substantial and passionate efforts put into this year’s campaign by thousands of our employees will make a far-reaching difference in the lives of individuals, their families and their communities,” said Dan McBride, president of CooperVision. “Because of their commitment and generosity, our record donation represents approximately 40,000 eye exams for people around the world who would otherwise be at risk for a range of vision challenges.”
“For the sixth straight year, CooperVision employees and The Cooper Companies have illustrated the depth of their commitment to helping improve the way people see each day,” said Clive Miller, CEO of Optometry Giving Sight. “It’s difficult to overstate how deeply we appreciate their time and devotion to the 2017 World Sight Day Challenge.”
CooperVision’s cumulative support for Optometry Giving Sight over the last several years exceeds $2 million. In addition to its World Sight Day Challenge initiatives, the company contributes funding through a patient rebate donation program in the U.S., LensFerry donations for completed patient annual subscriptions and Europe’s One Bright Vision cause-related marketing program, which benefits communities in Africa and India.
The company also supports specific Optometry Giving Sight-affiliated programs, providing funding as well as sending experts on-site for professional guidance and observation.