Surpasses $1 Million Milestone in Cumulative World Sight Day Challenge Donations
PLEASANTON, CALIF., December 13, 2018—Following a remarkable employee fundraising campaign that eclipsed all previous efforts, CooperVision has donated $262,000 to Optometry Giving Sight in support of the 2018 World Sight Day Challenge. The company has now surpassed the $1 million milestone in cumulative funds raised during the past seven years for the World Sight Day Challenge.
Illustrating their dedication, employees increased year-over-year giving by more than 35 percent, supported by a matching commitment from the company. More than 40 CooperVision sites and teams created multiple activities to engage employees, drive awareness, and generate donations. In addition to sales of cause-branded merchandise, initiatives included artwork auctions, bake sales, jeans days, raffles, barbeques and a World Sight Day walkathon, among many others.
“The incredible generosity displayed by our global employees will help to ensure much needed vision care for thousands of adults and children in need,” said Dan McBride, President, CooperVision. “Our record-breaking 2018 World Sight Day Challenge donation represents approximately 52,000 eye exams for people around the world who could otherwise be at risk for a range of vision challenges. The expert care they’ll receive will not only provide near-term benefits, but in many cases a lifetime of greater opportunity through the gift of sight.”
“Our partnership with CooperVision shows the depth of the company’s commitment to improving vision, and the passion and energy of its employees as they rally behind our mission,” said Christina Sanko, Senior Director of Development, Optometry Giving Sight. “That visionary perspective sets CooperVision apart, and we can’t thank them enough.”
CooperVision is a longstanding Optometry Giving Sight partner and Global Gold Sponsor. Beyond its World Sight Day Challenge initiative, the company contributes substantial funds through a patient rebate donation program in the United States, which has totaled more than $175,000 in 2018.
Other Optometry Giving Sight-affiliated programs from CooperVision include LensFerry® donations for completed patient annual subscriptions and Europe’s One Bright Vision cause-related marketing program, which benefits communities in Africa and India.
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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 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, Calif., Cooper has more than 12,000 employees with products sold in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.coopercos.com.
Mike McDougall, APR, Fellow PRSA
McDougall Communications for CooperVision, Inc.
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