About World Sight Day
1.2 billion people worldwide lack access to basic, life-changing eye care—but the gift of sight is one that we can give together. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness supported by eye health organizations around the world to draw global attention to vision impairment and to raise funds to combat them. World Sight Day 2023 will be celebrated on Thursday, October 12. To make an immediate impact, donate here.
The World Sight Day Challenge
While World Sight Day is a single day, you can donate or register for fundraising now through October to help underserved individuals get the eye care services they need. The World Sight Day Challenge is Optometry Giving Sight’s largest annual fundraiser, bringing the global optometric community together to eradicate uncorrected refractive error by giving the gift of sight to families around the world.
Challenge Timeline: September & October
World Sight Day: October 12th
Optometry Giving Sight invites you to join the annual World Sight Day Challenge. Our theme this year is “Giving Together, Seeing Forever,” which celebrates the collective power of the optometry community to give the gift of sight to millions of people in need. Dollars donated help deliver access to eye care for mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, grandparents, and more. It is only possible with your support. Help us give sight and change lives, together.
New: Walk, Run, or Ride to Support the Challenge using Charity Miles
There is a new way to boost your impact for Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) while getting in your daily exercise! This year, OGS is utilizing the Charity Miles app, which can be downloaded right to your phone. It turns your miles into charity by keeping track of every step you take. Users create a personal fundraising page to share on social media and by email to let friends, family, and followers know they are walking, running, or riding to raise money for OGS. A practice or a company can also choose to build a team through the app and set a fundraising goal met through the miles logged by their entire staff. The Charity Miles app will display progress on your leaderboard, keeping track of the total miles and managing the distribution of funds on your behalf. Click here to register for fundraising and you will receive information about Charity Miles as well as many digital materials to promote your involvement to your community.
How you can participate
Join us by participating in this year’s World Sight Day Challenge!
Whether you are a member of the optical community or someone who values good vision, there are several ways that you can make a difference:
When you register and pledge $100 or more, you are eligible to receive a free World Sight Day Challenge kit including:
- Counter Card
- Social Assets
- How-To Guide
Are you a Champion?
The success of the World Sight Day Challenge depends on people with the vision to lead—to spearhead efforts in raising funds that support our mission throughout the year and across the globe.
- Motivate colleagues, friends, family, and patients to participate.
- Act as the liaison between the OGS and your organization.
- Lead fundraising efforts through access to materials and ideas from OGS.
If you want to be a Champion for people around the world in need, the WSDC is your opportunity to make a difference.
Sign up to be your organization’s World Sight Day Challenge Champion by providing including your name and email address when you register using above REGISTER button or by clicking here.
Or if your practice/company/school has already registered and you’d like to be added as a Champion to receive our communications, please complete this form.
Once you are a World Sight Day Challenge Champion, you’ll be sent access to our Champions portal, where you can download a fundraising guide, social media & email assets, and more.
Other Ways to Help
Share on social
- Follow Optometry Giving Sight and help amplify our message by sharing our posts to your story
- Use the donation stickers on Facebook and Instagram Stories to encourage your followers to make a donation
- Add a fundraiser to your posts on Facebook or Instagram to help us raise funds
- Looking for more ways to share? Find out if your employer matches your gifts to increase your impact
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