Southern College of Optometry Students Give the Gift of Vision

Southern College of Optometry took part in the World Sight Day ‘Student’ Challenge. The World Sight Day Challenge is a major fundraising campaign coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight. Funds raised are directed to projects that provide eye exams and glasses, local training and infrastructure support for people who are blind or vision impaired due to uncorrected refractive error in developing countries. Elizabeth Turnage, AOSA Trustee at SCO, led Southern College of Optometry’s WSDC campaign on campus.

“I’m thrilled that participation was so high at our event this year. Everyone exceeded my expectations and I’m ecstatic about it! I love going to a school with such a big heart,” said Elizabeth. SCO students sold WSDC T-shirts at Optifest, a trade show that attracts most of the student body on campus- a total of $805 was raised for the World Sight Day Student

On World Sight Day, October 14, students and faculty wore their T-shirts to class to promote awareness of the World Sight Day Challenge on campus. “We are thrilled with the funds raised for Optometry Giving Sight by the Southern College of Optometry students. The money they raised will go directly to our partners in the field who are providing sustainable eye care in currently 18 developing countries. SCO students did a wonderful job managing their World Sight Day Student Challenge and we are very grateful for their hard work; they’ve shown their concern for others and the funds they raised will provide hundreds of individuals with eye exams and glasses”, said Vic Connors, OD, CEO of Optometry Giving Sight, USA.

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