Optometry practices, companies and schools enthusiastically participated in Optometry Giving Sight’s ‘World Sight Day Challenge’ again in 2016. Over $262,000 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.
(Photo featured right: FYidoctors Grasslands 'Pie in the Face' fundraising event with Dr.Gaucher, Dr. Turnbull and Dr. Plosker.)
306 Canadian optometry offices participated in or donated towards the ‘Practice Challenge’ in 2016, encompassing approximately 700 optometrists.
We are incredibly appreciative of the support from all participating practices - thank you! The top three Canadian practices were:
#1 – Bramalea Optometric Clinic in Brampton ON (Eye Recommend)
Bramalea Optometric Clinic raised the most with over $13,000 in total! Their efforts included very generous doctor donations as well as successful fundraising events including a bake sale by their talented staff with delicious and creative treats; silent auctions for items donated by local businesses and their optometric suppliers including gift cards, spa gift sets and a variety of sunglasses; inviting patients to make donations in return for glasses adjustments and other no-charge services; and they also provided coffee on an ongoing basis to patients in return for a small donation.
#2 – Queensway Optometric Centre in Mississauga ON (Eye Recommend)
Queensway Optometric Centre raised over $10,100! To do so they held multiple silent auctions and invited patients to donate in return for adjustments and services throughout the year. Their main event was held on November 2nd where the doctors donated all full eye exam fees and they held their annual bake sale. They are proud to have inspired other optometry offices to reach high levels of support and they graciously relinquish their # 1 spot (which they achieved 3 out of the past 4 years) to Bramalea this year.
#3 – Dolman Eyecare Centre in New Hamburg ON (Eye Recommend)
Dolman Eyecare Centre went the extra mile in 2016 raising over $5900! During the month of November the staff raised an impressive amount through several World Sight Day Challenge fundraising events including draws for a Movie Night out for 4, a gift basket, as well as a beautiful Seasonal Wreath (created yearly by staff member Debbie). Drs. Howard and Kim Dolman generously matched a large portion of the donations as well as made a donation for every pair of glasses sold throughout the year.
• The top network in 2016 was FYidoctors, altogether raising over $100,000. The top FYidoctors office was FYidoctors Grasslands in Regina SK!
• Eye Recommend raised $74,879 - The top Eye Recommend office was Bramalea Optometric Clinic in Brampton ON!
• OSI raised $23,299 - The top OSI office was Killarney Vision Services in Killarney MB!
• Vision Source raised $11,814 - The top Vision Source office was Nuvo Eye Centre in Orleans ON!
• The top independent office was Optical Image in Swift Current SK!
Canadian optometry schools took top honours in the 2016 World Sight Day Student Challenge. The University of Montreal achieved #1 out of all schools in North America by raising $10,059 and the University of Waterloo achieved the #2 spot by raising $4,905!
The University of Montreal’s outstanding efforts included a fun Bowling event, a ‘5-10’ social event, a very successful silent auction, as well as sales of
t-shirts, wristbands and custom designed water bottles. A huge thanks goes out to the wonderful student organizers who made it all happen: Molly Perron, Roxanne Arsenault, Geneviève Bourbonnière, Laura Pelletier and to the many other students who helped and participated. Many thanks to Lasik MD who donated a laser eye surgery certificate for the silent auction and to all the companies and individuals who donated items or funds. Way to go U of Montreal for your enthusiastic and exceptional support!
The University of Waterloo held a successful 'Dining in the Dark' event where participants were blindfolded during a meal to simulate what it would be like to be blind. Messy fun was had by all! They also held a silent auction with items donated by the optometric community, local businesses and individuals including a laser eye surgery gift certificate generously donated by TLC. Special thanks to the hard working student organizers who made it all happen: Martina Sawatzky, Kristine Massicotte and Rahul Joshi, and thanks to everyone who participated and made it a great success!
8 Canadian companies boldly took the Challenge in Canada in 2016: WestGroupe, Carl Zeiss Vision, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, CooperVision, Alcon, FYidoctors Corporate Office, Vision Source Corporate Office and Marchon.
Enthusiastic and delicious events were abundant including pies in the face, hot dogs for a good cause, bagel days and office ‘garage’ sales.
The top company was FYidoctors Corporate Office! They generously pledged to donate $1 for every like on their Facebook page in October donated $11,354 for this alone! They also held a successful silent auction and two of their employees donated their time and significant effort by participating in a competitive run to help raise funds.
Creative fundraising kudos goes out to CooperVision Canada who added extra incentive for employees to contribute by having consequences for the management staff if their fundraising targets were met. The Country Manager, Alexandra Donkin, got a pie in the face; the Director of Marketing had to dress up as the Country Manager for the day; and the Finance Controller had his head shaved!
Hot Dog Fundraising Day at Carl Zeiss Vision & CopperVision's Management Team - good sports for the cause!