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TORONTO, May 9 /CNW/ - CNIB announced the CNIB Chanchlani Global Vision Research Award of $25,000 to recognize best research in the field of vision care and
vision enablement, world wide.
This first of its kind annual award was launched during a reception on
Thursday, March 31, 2011. CNIB received $100,000 research endowment to
establish the award.
The endowment was provided by Mr. Vasu Chanchlani and his wife, Dr.
Jayshree Chanchlani, founders of the Chanchlani Foundation, a
philanthropic organization dedicated to promoting research and
recognizing excellence, in collaboration with CNIB, the Toronto
Netralya Lions Club, the Doctors Lions Club and additional contribution
from prominent Indo-Canadians.
"We hope this award will encourage research and innovation and will lead
to effective and efficient vision care solutions for future
generations," said Mr. Chanchlani. "We will collaborate to get many
more matching grants and donations to attract the best researchers
around the world. We are moved and motivated by the fact that India has
about 60% of world's blind population and 75% of blindness in India is
avoidable. The donation --to a charity that is proudly Canadian--is in
keeping with our motto: Help India THROUGH Canada, and help the world in the process."
CNIB President and CEO John Rafferty said, "Research is one of CNIB's
founding principles. It commits significant dollars annually to fund
projects on ways to cure, treat and prevent eye disease and improve the
quality of life for people living with vision loss. This award is a
major step forward in reaching our goal to enhance independence for
Canadians and people around the world, who are blind or partially
sighted, and to be the leader in promoting vision health."
Reception guests raised an additional $50,000 for the award and for the
endowment, bringing the total donations to $150,000.
CNIB passionately provides community-based support, knowledge and a
national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted
have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in
life. To find out more, visit www.cnib.ca or call 1-800-563-2642.
About Chanchlani Foundation
Chanchlani Foundation promotes research and recognizes excellence with
an aim to find effective and efficient solutions to challenges in areas
ranging from health care to public policy. To find out more, visit www.chanchlanifoundation.com
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