Seeing eye-to-eye on East Timorese
WORLD Sight Day found a shining light in Envision Optical Burleigh Waters.
Owner Andrew Bowden said his stores across the southern Gold Coast and Tweed raised almost $1000 during six days thanks to his patients' support.
"I have supported Optometry Giving Sight for six years and I am proud to donate to such a worthwhile cause," Mr Bowden said.
He donated his eye exam fees during the fundraising effort which will enable about 175 impoverished East Timorese to work and provide for their families.
Mr Bowden said $5 could provide an eye examination and pair of glasses for someone in a developing country and $100 could screen an entire school.
"This could make all the difference between a life of poverty and one of opportunity for hundreds of people in need," he said.
"There are 670 million people around the world who are blind or vision impaired simply because they don't have access to an eye examination and glasses."
Mr Bowden said his patients were shocked to hear no eye care was available in East Timor until the East Timor Eye Program was developed in 2000.
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