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World Sight Day Cycling Challenge

Optoms Cycle for sight for 10 days to raise 10k!

August 2011

A group of optometry students are set to complete a World Sight Day Challenge fundraising first by cycling from Glasgow to Cardiff. The ‘Optoms Cycling for Sight’ sponsored bike ride will link UK optometry departments across 10 days, starting at Glasgow Caledonian University on 13th September before making stops at Bradford, Manchester, Aston, Anglia, City and finishing at Cardiff University on 23rd September. The initiative has being initiated by Bradford University students Jessica MacIsaac, Fares Hatoum and Abubakr Patel. Jessica, Optometry Today Student Representative, comments: “Optoms Cycling for Sight aims to get all optometry students as a united force behind the World Sight Day Challenge, as we can play a critical role in helping to provide access to eye care in the developing world”. Jessica Explains “Hopefully the success of this will lead to annual event where we can continue to make a difference to the 670 million people who are blind or vision impaired simply because they do not have access to an eye examination and a pair of spectacles.”

World Sight Day Cycling ChallengeThe World Sight Day Challenge is a global fundraising campaign coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight and jointly implemented with Vision Aid Overseas in the UK. It is designed to raise funds for projects that provide vision care, local training and infrastructure support for people who are blind or vision impaired due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses.

There are so far three confirmed cyclists who will be riding between all 7 mainland UK Optometry Departments and others who will join them along the way. The event is not exclusive to optometry students, and keen cyclists and novices alike are being encouraged to take part and help raise sponsorship.

Each university’s student optics society will be hosting a World Sight Day Challenge event on the day cyclists are scheduled to arrive at the respective campus, and Jessica, Fares and Abubakr are encouraging all optometry students to get involved with fundraising. They are hoping to secure industry sponsors, and already have support from Louis Stone Optical and Yorkshire Optical.

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