ORBIS Canada

ORBIS Canada

April 27, 2010 12:19 ET

ORBIS Canada Launches First National Pull for Sight 2010 Fundraising Campaign in Vancouver May 15th

Teams to Pull FedEx Cargo Plane in Support of Programs to Restore and Preserve Children's Sight in Developing Countries

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 27, 2010) - According to the World Health Organization, almost half a million children go blind every year – that's one child every minute somewhere around the world. Sadly, much of this blindness is preventable.

ORBIS Canada is hosting its first national ORBIS Pull for Sight plane pull in Vancouver on Saturday May 15th to help fund the construction of ORBIS Kid Sight Centres throughout the developing world. This will enable blind and visually impaired children to receive the eye care they so desperately need. Additional ORBIS Pull for Sight events will be held in Toronto and Montreal later this summer.

This unique fundraiser will feature teams of 20 people from community groups, corporations and media. Each team donates a minimum of $1000 and will pull a 73 ton FedEx 727 cargo plane 12 feet. The team that crosses the finish line in the fastest time will be declared the winner. In the spirit of the day, additional prizes will recognize the top individual and team fundraisers, the most enthusiastic team, and even the slowest team. Families and friends are welcome to come and cheer on their favorite team.

When: The ORBIS Pull for Sight in Vancouver will be held Saturday, May 15th, 2010, 10 am-1 pm (rain or shine)

Where: FedEx Apron at Vancouver International Airport, 3151 Aylmer Road, in Richmond, BC. There is ample free parking on the FedEx Apron grounds, and complimentary shuttle bus service, provided by Vancouver International Airport, will be available to and from the Templeton Skytrain Station.

"We're very excited to be launching what we hope will be an annual event across Canada in support of ORBIS' efforts internationally," said Dr. Francis Law, a Vancouver-area ophthalmologist who has participated in missions to China, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic. "While we can't cure and prevent all blindness overnight, our ultimate goal is to contribute to the creation of a world in which no one is needlessly blind, where quality eye care, education and treatment are available to everyone.

"We are also extremely grateful for the sponsorship support of our long-time partner FedEx, as well as the Metropolitan Hotel here in Vancouver," Dr. Law continued. "Corporate and community involvement are both critical to this success of our sight-saving missions worldwide."

Anyone 14 years of age or older can participate in the competition. There is NO registration fee for teams. All donations are entitled to a tax receipt.


ORBIS Canada is part of a non-aligned, non-profit global development organization whose mission is to prevent and treat blindness by providing quality eye care to transform lives. ORBIS draws upon an international faculty of more than 450 volunteer ophthalmologists, nurses, and biomedical engineers, approximately 40 of them Canadian, to deliver eye care training and treatment in the most underserved regions of the world. Since our programs were first launched 27 years ago, ORBIS has benefitted people in more than 87 countries, enhancing the skills of more than 234,000 health care personnel and providing treatment for more than 9.7 million people. The support from Canadian donors is instrumental in the implementation of our global sight-saving programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Law and another Vancouver-based ophthalmologist, Dr. Simon Holland, are available for interviews prior to and during the event.

A short video clip of a plane pull can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGAZ_lysTfQ.

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