Eyes for the World held its first annual fundraiser in October 2016. The event was a huge success with over 150 guests from the Vancouver area giving generously for eye care in Jamaica and Ghana. Over $120,000.00 was raised to be shared equally between the two countries of Jamaica and Ghana. The BC consulate general for both Jamaica and Ghana were present. They were both amazed at the display of kindness shown that evening and gave speeches thanking the guests for their generosity.
The live auction was hosted by Crystal Campbell and was very successful as well. The grand prizes were a 4 person all paid fishing trip to Kodiak Island, Alaska and a all expense paid trip to Baja, Mexico.
The money raised will buy a B-scan ultrasound and slit-lamp for each country as well as numerous eyeglasses and water filters.
Trips that we were raising money for
Eyes for the World works closely with the Arch Bishop of Jamaica, Burchell McPherson, and Canadian-Jamaican liaison, Don Wolfe to plan and execute a highly impactful and successful eye health mission in the areas of Jamaica that need it most. An entire Eyes for the World team volunteers and travels to Jamaica to provide comprehensive eye exams, treatments for eye disease, eyeglasses for those in need, and self-sustaining gravity fed water filters for disease prevention.
In November 2016, Eyes for the World will go to a rural town just outside of Montego Bay, Jamaica to host an eye health mission for the first time. Eyes for the World will send three optometrists, one medical doctor, one nurse, and nine volunteers to Jamaica along with all of the equipment for the exams, medication, eyeglasses, and sunglasses. Also during the eye health mission, the optometrists will identify and prepare patients that require surgery. These patients will have surgery by ophthalmologists from SEE International within a few months of Eyes for the World departing Jamaica. Eyes for the World will be treating ear conditions as well as ear lavages for those in need. Eyes for the World is also excited to bring about 100 gravity-fed water filters to Jamaica and teach families how to use the filters so they can have clean water which will help prevent many eye diseases. We have really enjoyed working on setting up this mission and we are excited to continue this relationship for future eye health missions.
Eyes for the World works closely with Ghana’s Consul General to BC, George Piprah, to achieve a successful eye health mission. Eyes for the World partners with FACE (Foundation for African Children’s Education) who has a long history of going to Ghana yearly to provide supplies necessary for children to get an education. In Novemebr 2017, Eyes for the World will join FACE and provide comprehensive eye exams and eye disease treatments to the same rural region allowing for hundreds of locals to be provided life-changing clear vision.
Eyes for the World will bring a new eye health dynamic to their normal mission of providing the tools necessary for children to be educated. Eyes for the World will set up a little clinic area in a school, community centre, or church to provide comprehensive eye exams, treat eye diseases, dispense needed medication, and give eyeglasses and sunglasses when needed to hundreds of patients over the course of a week. If a patient needs surgery the eye doctors will prepare them for SEE International Ophthalmologists to provide the surgery within a few months of Eyes for the World establishing a treatment need. In March 2017 Eyes for the World will join FACE (Foundation for African Children’s Education) on their yearly mission trip to Ghana. Eyes for the World will volunteer their services for the FACE mission and prepare for the November 2017 eye mission.
Eyes for the World is also excited to bring about 100 gravity-fed water filters to Ghana and teach families how to use the filters so they can have clean water which will help prevent many eye diseases. We are counting down to hear what town FACE has chosen for the 2017 mission!