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MACS named BCLA Charity of the Year

MACS named BCLA Charity of the Year 2011-12

July 2011

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has chosen the Micro and Anophthalmic Children’s Society (MACS) to be its Charity of the Year for 2011-12.

MACS charityMACS was formed in 1993 by a group of parents, all of whom had children with microphthalmia (small formed eyes), anophthalmia (no eyes) and coloboma (cleft of the eye). The Society offers support and information to parents and professionals in the UK and overseas who have children or patients suffering from these and related conditions.

At present, no single cause has been identified for the group of eye conditions that children supported by MACS are affected by. However, the possible link with the environment and genetic causes are being investigated. MACS supports these research projects through volunteering (all Trustees and committee members are volunteers) and fundraising. However, its main focus is to provide family support and a range of related services.

Among other benefits of being BCLA Charity of the Year, MACS will have a stand at the 8th Pioneers Conference in London (23 November) and at the 2012 BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham (24-27 May). The society will also receive publicity in mailings to BCLA members and in conference packs.

Chairman and Trustee of MACS, Barry Stickings, commented: “MACS is delighted to be the BCLA’s new Charity of the Year. This will enable us to raise awareness of the MACS conditions to BCLA members and the families they deal with on a regular basis. Our main aim has always been to make more people aware of the conditions we support. With this valuable collaboration between MACS and the BCLA, we will reach far more people who may never have realised that such a support group exists.

“On a personal note I would like to thank the BCLA for giving MACS this wonderful opportunity to work together, and I look forward to the coming year,” added Barry.

BCLA Secretary General, Vivien Freeman, said: “We are delighted to support MACS in this way, and would encourage our members to do what they can to get involved.”

Ways that BCLA members and others can help include:
• Making a donation
• Organising or joining in a fundraising event or activity
• Directing patients to the charity for information and support
• Ordering charity merchandise for use in the practice or business
• Visiting the charity’s stand at BCLA events

MACS is currently offering places for the 2012 Virgin London Marathon on 22 April, and tickets for its Magical Autumn Ball in London on 22 October. Also, to be in with a chance to win a trip with flights and accommodation, provided by MACS and Virgin Atlantic, to California and New Mexico plus a visit to the Virgin Galactic Spaceport, visit to purchase tickets at £2 each.

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