Pulling Together to Eliminate Blindness

“Pulling their weight” took on a whole new meaning at YVR last month when 15 teams competed to pull a Boeing 757 cargo aircraft across 12 feet of tarmac in the shortest time.

The Pull for Sight event, a fundraiser for ORBIS Canada, raised awareness and funds for the ORBIS Kids Sight Program, which works to eliminate blindness in children in developing countries. More than 600 people attended the event, hosted by FedEx, with 15 teams from around the Lower Mainland competing for the best time.

The ORBIS Saving Sight Worldwide Team, made up of individual participants, pulled the plane in 7.66 seconds – winning the Fastest Pull title. The team Rule Brittania took home the Most Enthusiastic title. 

Thousands of dollars were raised for ORBIS to help it establish new facilities and/or support existing facilities in developing world locations such as Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Bangladesh, Peru and China.  

In the world today there are approximately 19 million visually impaired children and too often, vision problems prevent kids from excelling in school, playing sports or taking part in other activities that their sighted peers take for granted. The vast majority of visually impaired children live in developing countries, where pediatric eye care services are often unavailable or unaffordable. As a result, many of these children go blind even though they suffer from treatable or preventable conditions

Through direct ORBIS support over the last decade alone, more than four million children have received medical or refractive error treatments, while 170,000 have received sight-improving surgeries. The impact for these children, their families and communities is profound, especially when sight restoration allows for full integration into social and economic activities.



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