It’s October, and that means Salus University is taking on the World Sight Day Challenge once again. Every year, Optometry Giving Sight hosts the World Sight Day Challenge
to raise awareness and funds to deliver vision services to those who need it most. This year’s organization is Our Children’s Vision, which aims to help children who are living without access to necessary vision care. The Salus chapter of the national American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) devised a month full of activities for the University community to participate in with the innate focus on raising money for Our Children’s Vision; they set a goal of $1,500.
Director of Internal Affairs for Salus AOSA Chad Killen ’19OD has high hopes for this year’s World Sight Day Challenge activities.
“Our hope is that Salus has strong involvement across all professions as we have had in the past,” he said. “Not only do we hope to raise even more funds than before, but we also want to spread the word about how important vision is for children in underserved areas.”
On October 5, AOSA hosted a KnockOut Tournament in the Hafter Student Center. For a $5 donation, students could enter the tournament basketball game and the last person standing won a $25 Visa gift card. To commemorate World Sight Day on October 12, the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry students, faculty and residents wore special T-shirts to raise awareness about the campaign in class and while seeing patients at The Eye Institute.
During the entire month of October, Salus students, faculty and staff are also participating in the Exercise for Eyes campaign developed by AOSA. For this campaign, participants are challenged to ask friends, family members and co-workers to sponsor each hour they exercise per month. The person with the highest amount raised will receive an iPad at the end. A special Cycle-THON will be also held from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on October 26 in the Hafter Student Center where participants can use a stationary bike in 30 minute increments. A donation can be made upfront to utilize the bikes or participants can count their time toward their Exercise for Eyes fundraising.
Salus students will also be taking over the national AOSA SnapChat (@theaosa) account during the week of October 23-27 to showcase the group’s fundraising efforts for the World Sight Day Challenge. To learn more about World Sight Day and Optometry Giving Sight, visit givingsight.org. To donate to the University’s World Sight Day Challenge, visit https://world-sight-day-challenge-2017.everydayhero.com/us/Allison