WORLD SIGHT DAY
The World Health Organisation’s World Sight Day is on the
12th Thursday in October
The Guildford Rotary Eye Project supports this initiative and will be
present at several venues in Guildford to raise awareness
of its own avoidable blindness programmes in India and Africa.
Not only is The Guildford Rotary Eye Project expanding its work in
India, but is putting in place a further eye hospital
programme in Africa, this time in Auchi, Nigeria.
Support can therefore be provided not only for the Indian programme
THE NEW AFRICA PROGRAMME
Please help The Guildford Rotary Eye Project to help the world’s
50 MILLION AVOIDABLY BLIND
by making a donation to:
THE AVOIDABLE BLINDNESS PROGRAMME
A DONATION OF JUST £5 CAN ENABLE THE BLIND
TO SEE AGAIN!
Charity reg no 1127630.
The Guildford Rotary Eye Project is a charity inspired, founded and
administered by Rotarians, and as such is unique in the provision of eye
treatment to the avoidably blind.
Founded in 1998 by Dr Sam Das former eye surgeon and ophthalmic
consultant at Guildford’s Royal Surrey Hospital the charities aim is to
provide operations for patients in the Indian sub continent, Africa and
other economically emerging areas who are sadly too poor to afford the
cost of treatment themselves.
These victims of poverty are known as THE AVOIDABLY BLIND
and there are some 50 million worldwide.
The Guildford Rotary Eye Project’s efforts to date have primarily
been concentrated in India and it is therefore with great pleasure that
they announce a new avoidable blindness programme in Nigeria.
This follows an earlier initiative in Uganda.
THE EYE PROJECT PROVIDES
Training for eye surgeons
Microscopes and laser equipment
Mobile eye screening camps
Facilities for the treatment of:
Its unique funding model requires local partners to provide finance for
the hospital buildings and to contribute towards the cost of all medical
equipment. The aim is for all facilities to eventually be self funding.
Due to The Rotary Movements generous grant system a donation in the
UK of just £5, can fully fund a sight restoring eye operation in India or Africa.
SUPPORT THE NEW AFRICA PROGRAMME
The charity naturally wishes to continue expanding its work in India
and additionally needs to achieve funding for operations for the new
programme in Auchi in Nigeria. The eye surgeon training is in hand as is the
acquisition of vital clinic and hospital buildings.
There is therefore a need to fund both an initial series of
eye operations and the operating equipment itself.
The Guildford Rotary Eye Project has made a conscious effort recently
to raise awareness of its work not only within Rotary, but also amongst
the public at large and particularly in the Guildford area itself. Additionally
it is busying itself attending shows, fetes, conferences and the like, and
is in the throes of organising celebrations for WORLD SIGHT DAY,
which is a World Health Organisation initiative,
on the second Thursday in October.
It is hoped that many Rotary Clubs will rise to the challenge and mark
WORLD SIGHT DAY in their own town on behalf of
The Guildford Rotary Eye Project.
Full support and promotional leaflets for Rotarians are available from:
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01483 481856
Please help The Guildford Rotary Eye Project to help the avoidably
blind by making adonation to:
WORLD SIGHT DAY &
GUILDFORD’S ROTARY EYE PROJECT
information for Rotarians
What is World Sight Day?
World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus
global attention on blindness, visual impairment and
rehabilitation of the visually impaired, held on the second
Thursday in October.
World Sight Day is observed around the world by all
partners involved in preventing visual impairment or
restoring sight. It is also the main advocacy event for
the prevention of blindness and for "Vision 2020:
The Right to Sight" a global effort to prevent blindness,
created by the World Health Organisation and the
International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
see link:- WHO programme on prevention of blindness and visual impairment
What is the Guildford Rotary Eye Project?
The Guildford Rotary Eye Project was established by eye
surgeon, and member of Guildford Rotary Club, Dr Sam
Das in 1998 to provide eye care for the avoidably blind
who are too poor to afford to pay for any treatment
‘’A donation of just £5 can enable the blind to see again!’
How will World Sight Day & Guildford’s
Rotary Eye Project work together?
In order to raise awareness of the plight of the avoidably
blind and also to raise funds for the vital work undertaken
by the Guildford Rotary Eye Project, a number of events
will be taking place in Guildford from the 7th to the 13th
How can your Club help? How can your Club help?
The Guildford Rotary Eye Project would be delighted if your
Rotary Club could support us by undertaking your own
event on or around the 7th to 13th October thereby raising both
funds and awareness of this most worthwhile charity.
We can provide you with explanatory leaflets about the
charities work and ambitions, and also email you posters
and collection can labels etc.
Full support and promotional leaflets etc are available
from email@example.com or phone 01483 481856.
WORLD SIGHT DAY &
GUILDFORD’S ROTARY EYE PROJECT
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