PLEASANTON, Calif., Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Propelled by the tireless and creative efforts of CooperVision, Inc. employees worldwide, the company has made a $164,000 donation to Optometry Giving Sight in support of the 2016 World Sight Day Challenge. This is the fifth consecutive year that employees organized a wide variety of fundraisers over multiple weeks, with matching funds pledged by The Cooper Companies.
The $164,000 donation is the largest-ever World Sight Day Challenge contribution made by the company. CooperVision is an Optometry Giving Sight Global Gold Sponsor.
More than thirty CooperVision teams and locations generated funds through activities including food festivals in Puerto Rico, a mountain climbing challenge in the U.K., guide dog seminars and a 5K walk/run in the U.S., an auction in China, customized cupcake sales in Spain, and bracelet sales in Mexico and elsewhere.
"Funds raised through this year's employee campaign will make a real difference – the equivalent of providing 32,000 eye exams to people in need," said Dan McBride, President, CooperVision. "The time and energy put into fundraising by our employees illustrate the depth of their personal and professional commitment to help improve the way people see each day. It's rewarding to work alongside them, as well as our partners from Optometry Giving Sight."
"The generosity demonstrated by CooperVision employees and The Cooper Companies continues to grow, and we can't thank them enough for their 2016 World Sight Day Challenge initiatives and donation," said Clive Miller, CEO of Optometry Giving Sight. "With their support, we are helping to fund projects that reach underserved communities across the planet, addressing vision loss and preventing unnecessary blindness in ways that transform lives for the better every day."
CooperVision's cumulative support for Optometry Giving Sight over the last several years is expected to exceed USD$2 million by the close of 2016. In addition to its World Sight Day Challenge donation, the company contributes funding through a patient rebate donation program in the United States, LensFerry® S donations for completed patient annual subscriptions and Europe's One Bright Vision cause-related marketing program, which benefits communities in Africa and India. The company also supports several specific programs, providing funding as well as sending experts on site for professional guidance and observation.
CooperVision, a unit of The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE: COO), is one of the world's leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses. The Company produces a full array of monthly, two-week and daily disposable contact lenses, all featuring advanced materials and optics. CooperVision has a strong heritage of solving the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism and presbyopia; and offers the most complete collection of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.
About The Cooper Companies
The Cooper Companies, Inc. ("Cooper") is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE (NYSE: COO). Cooper is dedicated to being A Quality of Life Company™ with a focus on delivering shareholder value. Cooper operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. CooperVision brings a refreshing perspective on vision care with a commitment to developing a wide range of high-quality products for contact lens wearers and providing focused practitioner support. CooperSurgical is committed to advancing the health of families with its diversified portfolio of products and services focusing on women's health, fertility and diagnostics. Headquartered in Pleasanton, CA, Cooper has more than 10,000 employees with products sold in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.coopercos.com
Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA
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