PLEASANTON, Calif., December 23, 2015 — A joint effort of CooperVision, Inc. employees and the company has resulted in a $125,000 donation to Optometry Giving Sight in support of the 2015 World Sight Day Challenge. This marks the fourth consecutive year that employees organized creative fundraisers, with matching funds pledged by The Cooper Companies.
More than twenty CooperVision sites worldwide generated funds through activities including a 5K walk/run, family carnival, “Celebrate Vision” month, t-shirt sales, a barbeque and more. CooperVision is an Optometry Giving Sight Global Gold Sponsor.
“This year’s World Sight Day Challenge donation equates to providing 25,000 eye exams to those in need,” said Dan McBride, President, CooperVision. “I am proud of the efforts and commitment shown by our employees who actively participated for the cause. Our purpose is to help improve the way people see each day, and our employees most definitely take that to heart.”
“Once again, the people of CooperVision and The Cooper Companies have shown how deeply committed they are to helping overcome needless blindness and vision impairment,” said Clive Miller, CEO of Optometry Giving Sight. “This year’s incredible donation will change lives in underserved communities, affecting individuals, families and entire communities for decades to come.”
In addition to its employee-led donations to the World Sight Day Challenge, CooperVision generates additional funds for the organization through industry initiatives. These include offering contact lens patients the opportunity to donate eligible rebates to the cause, which itself has produced close to $300,000 in funding to date.
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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 Euronext (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 focuses on supplying women's health clinicians with market-leading products and treatment options to improve the delivery of health care to women. Headquartered in Pleasanton, CA, Cooper has approximately 10,000 employees with products sold in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.coopercos.com.
About Optometry Giving Sight
More than 600 million people worldwide are blind or vision impaired because they cannot access eye exams and correction. Optometry Giving Sight (GivingSight.org) is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets uncorrected refractive error, funding projects that help train local professionals, establish sustainable vision centers and deliver eye care where it’s needed most.
Heather Kowalczyk, McDougall Communications for CooperVision, Inc.
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