The AOSA has awarded its Merit Award to Tanya Ray of Optometry Giving Sight. The award is given in recognition of exceptional and steadfast support of the AOSA.
The award is usually presented during the AOSA General Session at Optometry’s Meeting. However, Ms. Ray had welcomed daughter Parker into the world earlier in the week and was unable to accept the award at the Washington, DC, meeting. It was accepted by Optometry Giving Sight Global CEO Clive Miller on her behalf.
“Speaking on behalf of the full AOSA Board, we greatly value our working relationship, your enthusiastic support of students and international optometry, and any opportunity to collaborate,” said AOSA Vice President Melissa Zaleski, announcing the award.
The World Sight Day Challenge is a major fundraising campaign coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight designed to raise funds for projects that provide training, establish vision centres and deliver eye care services for people who are blind or vision impaired due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses.
World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. It is coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness under the VISION 2020 Global Initiative. It is supported by eye health organizations around the world – including Optometry Giving Sight – and is included on the official World Health Organization (WHO) calendar. This year’s WSD is on October 12th.