You’re Invited! Join the Mission in Motion Three-Day Challenge
Move your body for corneal blindness treatment and prevention
In honor of Eye Donation Month, SightLife and our partners ZEISS and Ophthalmic World Leaders (OWL) invite you to join the inaugural Mission in Motion Three-Day Challenge (November 13-15) to raise awareness and support for the 12.7 million men, women, and children worldwide who suffer needlessly from corneal blindness.
The Mission in Motion Three-Day Challenge encourages participants to lace up your shoes, hop on a bike, jump in the water, play tag with your kids or grandkids, turn your knitting wrists, or moonwalk down the sidewalk to help make the world brighter for those in need!
The only requirement is to move your body as much as possible throughout the weekend. Your children, parents, or coworkers can also join in on the fun – with the chance to win an award for Wackiest Mover or Most Inspired Mover.
“The social isolation that many of us have experienced as we help slow the spread of COVID-19 is a fraction of what people who are corneal blind endure in darkness every single day,” says Josie Noah, SightLife Chief Global Officer. “Together with our partners and supporters, we can help millions of people break free from their painful isolation and experience the renewed hope, joy, and possibilities that vision brings.”
Upon registering for the Three-Day Challenge, participants will receive a personal fundraising page to share with family and friends. All funds raised during Mission in Motion will be MATCHED by ZEISS in generous collaboration with long-time SightLife supporter, Robert LeRoy, up to $20,000 – effectively doubling your impact!
Here are ways the funds raised can have an impact:
- Prevent One Person from Going Blind. A gift of $38 can cover the cost of staff, a first aid kit, medication, and training for a community health worker to assess and provide care for an individual with a corneal abrasion.
- Train One Eye Donation Counselor. A gift of $65 can cover the cost of retraining one Eye Donation Counselor who will work with families in hospitals to advocate for cornea donation, resulting in more sight-restoring transplants.
- Train One Ophthalmic Nurse. A gift of $145 can cover the cost of training one ophthalmic nurse to provide care to corneal transplant recipients.
- Train 30 Community Health Workers. A gift of $250 can cover the costs of training for 30 community health workers who are helping prevent corneal blindness.
- Train One Surgeon. A gift of $1,100 covers the entire cost to provide advanced training for one corneal surgeon in India and other countries where the need is greatest.
“As Ophthalmic World Leaders, we have the responsibility to share our values, including building a positive, supportive community and helping people reach their full potential,” says Abigail Markward, President-Elect of OWL. “That’s why we are thrilled to join this effort, which will help countless people reach their own potential through restored sight and thereby contribute to their own communities in unimaginable ways.”
Thank you for joining us on our mission to eliminate corneal blindness by 2040. Together, we can empower hope and healing among individuals, families, and communities around the world!
Eager to help, but not able to participate in the Mission in Motion Challenge? Your financial gift will help us reach our match!