World Sight Day this year is on 9 October 2014 (9/10/2014). In keeping with this year’s call to action, we include a number of suggestions below to help you plan your WSD Activity/Event. We are sure you have more ideas – do share them with us on [email protected] and we will include them on our website and social media pages.
This World Sight Day, ask your health official or key stakeholder to join you in pledging support for blindness prevention efforts. Identify a list of activities that you can do locally so that avoidable blindness can be reduced in your area of work. Then, invite the community to pledge support so that there is “no more avoidable blindness” in the community.
WALKS AND RALLIES
World Sight Day is always a great time to organise walks and public rallies. Use WSD promotional material to make your presence felt and to express solidarity with events around the world.
BLINDFOLD IMPORTANT STATUES
Blindfolding important statues in your area can be a great media opportunity! By blindfolding an important statue, you can draw attention to the issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment, including the many solutions that you help implement.
You could also invite celebrities or government functionaries to blindfold themselves and (temporarily) experience blindness – always a great media moment!
WSD is a great day for awareness raising and informing potential customers and donors of the causes of avoidable blindness and means of eradicating them. If the focus is Cataract, glaucoma, refractive errors or diabetic retinopathy, it all begins with an eye exam. This year, for the week leading up to World Sight Day organise a chain – ask every customer who walks in for an eye exam to bring in two more customers. Inform them of the need to get one’s eyes tested.
WORLD SIGHT DAY CHALLENGE
Optometry Giving Sight is urging all members of the optical community and anyone who values good vision to take part in the World Sight Day Challenge for the month of October. The World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error. Participating is easy – simply make a monthly or annual donation during October!
Learn more on their website: http://www.givingsight.org/get-involved/world-sight-day-challenge.html
OTHER SUGGESTIONS FOR WORLD SIGHT DAY ACTIVITIES:
- Why not hold a Gala Event? Either organised by your organisation or follow the IAPB theme and join forces with other like-minded organisations and organise an extravaganza!
- Encourage your Minister of Health & local celebrities to sign a Declaration of Support
- Distributing Vitamin A to children in your area makes for great photo opportunities for media
- Set up an eye screening centre and encourage people to get their eyes tested for World Sight Day
- Take up the challenge to perform the most eye surgeries around the world in celebration of WSD
- Raise awareness of the issues of avoidable blindness and WSD through public education in schools, during sponsored activities, including readathons and competitions etc
- Gain pro-bono advertising to raise awareness
- Produce a poster to be used alongside the official IAPB WSD Poster which can be used at events, in retail outlets and other locations
- Hold a musical concert in the dark or other black out events – e.g. dinner/theatre/light projection of WSD logo on buildings etc
- Live internet link-ups to events/operations/screenings etc and share your WSD celebration with others around the world
- Hold AMAs on Reddit. Use Instagram or Pinterest and spread the word.
Need more ideas? Do go through the WSD13 Activities report for what was done last year.
Do send us feedback and a report of your event to [email protected]