What did they do?
Over the past 12 months, Vision Express employees have fundraised by offering donation-only frame repairs at every store, tackling the Athlone half marathon, running the Women’s mini marathon in Dublin and Cork, holding a sell-out comedy night in Dublin, selling Easter Egg raffle tickets and baking their way towards their target. A team of running hopefuls from Vision Express in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre were put through their paces in an intense public treadmill challenge, taking shifts to run the distance from the store to Athlone – a gruelling 75 miles – and raising more than €1,300 in one day.
Funds raised, lives saved
The Opthalmology Clinic at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital has received a funding boost of over €15,000 from Vision Express, following a year of fundraising by employees of its eight Ireland-based optical stores.
Temple Street is a national centre for ophthalmology, treating over 14,000 children each year, dealing with conditions such as a rare eye cancer called retinoblastoma and cataracts, in addition to its growing list of outpatients.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support the local community has offered during our fundraising challenges. It’s clear that Temple Street has touched the lives of many Irish families, and we’re grateful for every donation that has helped us raise over €15,000”
“We’re thrilled to be able to make this donation to Temple Street to help support its treatment and care of the children who are affected by many vision conditions, some of which are life-threatening. We’re renewing our commitment to Temple Street for the next year too – pledging to surpass €20,000 over the next 12 months”