Optometry practices, companies and schools across Canada enthusiastically participated in Optometry Giving Sight’s ‘World Sight Day Challenge’ again in 2015. Over $267,000.00 was raised for the campaign in Canada. The funds will help give eye exams and glasses to people in need through the support of high impact optometry related projects in under-served areas around the world.
317 optometry offices participated in or donated towards the ‘Practice Challenge’ in Canada in 2015, encompassing approximately 700 optometrists. Here are some highlights:
117 FYidoctors practices participated and over $100,000 was raised in total through FYi
The highest fundraising FYi practice was FYidoctors New Westminster in BC with a total of $4222.00! Their creative events included a mobile bake sale, an ‘eyeball candy’ guessing contest, an event where kids and adults alike could donate to get their picture taken with their favourite Icy Queen. The CFO of FYidoctors, Imran Gulam, dressed up as her snowman sidekick and handed out carrots. In addition, the doctors made personal donations and the staff donated on Fridays in order to wear jeans to work.
73 Eye Recommend practices participated raising $80,681.53
The highest fundraising Eye Recommend practice was Queensway Optometric Centre in Mississauga ON who was also the highest practice in Canada and globally, raising $8420.50 in total! To raise such an impressive amount, they held multiple events: all of the doctors donated a full day of eye exam fees, they invited patients who donated $2 or more to post their name to their ‘Wall of Glasses’, they offered refreshments and baking in return for a donation, and held a successful silent auction with sunglasses donated by some of their suppliers.
49 OSI practices participated raising $27,192.46
The highest fundraising OSI practice was Victoria Vision Eye Care in Victoria BC raising $5821.00! One of their founding optometrists, Dr. Robert Grundison, is also an artist; they sold a calendar made with photos of his paintings and donated 100% of the funds. In October they wore World Sight Day Challenge t-shirts to promote the cause and invited patients to donate. They generously donated $5 per pair of glasses sold throughout the year and donated a day of eye exam fees in October.
20 Vision Source practices participated raising $15,495.45
Hollyburn Eye Clinic in West Vancouver, BC was the highest fundraising Vision Source practice with $3067.00 raised for Optometry Giving Sight! The exceptional and dedicated staff raised funds by providing information and promoting awareness on the ever-growing problem of avoidable vision impairment and the importance of funding. Patients were pleased to donate, especially since the doctors matched all donations over $20. In addition to donations, Hollyburn Eye Clinic held draws for thousands of dollars in items donated by their suppliers, while also making a generous donation on behalf of the practice.
58 Independent practices participated
The highest fundraising independent practice was Optical Image in Swift Current SK raising $6616.27! They donated $5 for every frame sold in October, held a BBQ outdoor lunch fundraiser, held weekly bake sales with staff members bringing in home baked treats, hosted a Halloween Party and donated the profits, held several silent auctions for frames and swim goggles, invited patients to donate throughout October, donated a day of eye exam fees and made a practice donation.
Six Canadian major optometric companies participated in the World Sight Day ‘Company’ Challenge in 2015: Carl Zeiss Vision, WestGroupe, Essilor, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Marchon, and the FYidoctors Corporate Office.
The highest fundraising company in 2015 was the FYidoctors Corporate Office who held multiple events in support of the cause: two members their team competed in the Canmore Half Marathon – 5k Run to inspire donations; the legal, acquisitions and reception department teams hosted a wine tasting and donated $20 from every ticket purchased; the home office marketing team hosted a “Spin for Sight” spin class and a movie night fundraiser showing Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’; FYidoctors also ran their annual “$1 for Every Like” campaign on Facebook, giving $1 to Optometry Giving Sight for every new 'like' in October. Over 10,000 likes were made!
FYidoctors Corporate Office team
The University of Waterloo Optometry Students participated again this year for the World Sight Day 'Student Challenge’, and raised $6321.73 which was the most of any optometry school in North America. Their fundraising included a ‘Dining in the Dark’ event where participants were blindfolded during a meal to simulate what it would be like to be blind, in order to raise awareness of the problem of avoidable blindness. They also held a silent auction for many items that were generously donated by the optometric community, local businesses and individuals. TLC Laser Centre in Waterloo was the largest sponsor of the event, donating a laser eye surgery gift certificate for the silent auction. The student organizers (pictured right) who made it all happen were Courtney Fan (main organizer), Marcia LaFrance and Vinoja Kamaleswaran.
Optometry Giving Sight would like to sincerely thank everyone who was involved in the Challenge. Below are the Top 10 lists for the 2015 Practice Challenge to celebrate all of the exceptional offices.