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Cents for Sight is a project of The Lions Club of Berowra to raise money for, and awareness of, a range of sight-related initiatives, foundations and charities. The money will be raised via community collection tins and promotional events. Each year, 100% of the money raised via this project will be donated to help these organisations. The donation will be made to coincide with World Sight Day.
Prevent Blindness, Saving Sight for Millions of People Around the World
For nearly 100 years, members of Lions International have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Lions volunteer to take part in sight projects that have:
Lions Work to Improve Sight and Prevent Blindness
- Saved the sight of more than 15 million children by providing eye screenings, glasses and other treatments through Sight for Kids.
- Established or strengthened pediatric eye-care centres that have helped more than 120 million children.
- Helped halt the spread of trachoma in Ethiopia by providing 10 million doses of the sight-saving drug azithromycin annually.
- Prevented serious vision loss for more than 30 million people worldwide.
- Improved eye care for 100 million people by training more than 650,000 eye care professionals and building 315 eye hospitals.
- Distributed more than 147 million treatments for river blindness.
- Provided nearly 8 million cataract surgeries.
- Vaccinated 41 million children in Africa against measles – a leading cause of childhood blindness.
- Since 1990, Lions have raised US$415 million through two SightFirst fundraising campaigns to help provide vision for all.
Through efforts such as these, Lions have gained worldwide recognition for our work to improve sight and prevent blindness. Our members around the world are also actively involved in:
- Recycling eyeglasses at 17 centers worldwide.
- Supporting Lions Eye Banks that provide eye tissue for sight-saving surgeries.
- Screening the vision of hundreds of thousands of people every year.
- Preventing blindness by providing treatment to those at risk of losing their vision.
In 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." And we accepted. Today, sight programs remain one of our defining causes.