CNIB offers chance to own the sunglasses of the stars

Justin Bieber and other stars donate sunglasses for charity auction

TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - Justin Bieber, Sarah McLachlan, David Foster and other great celebrities all have something in common: they're helping Canadians rebuild their lives after losing their vision - by donating their sunglasses to CNIB for the charity's upcoming Shades of Fun auction on eBay.

Opening to the public at www.cnib.ca/auctions on May 13, the auction is part of CNIB's Shades of Fun campaign, an annual fundraiser that encourages Canadians from coast to coast to slip on their sunglasses throughout May to protect their eyes from UV damage, and raise funds to support CNIB services for people with vision loss.

"Whether it's the families of my Foundation or Canadians getting too much sun (yes it does shine a lot in Canada!), the well being of Canadians is important to me," said multiple Grammy award-winning producer, David Foster, who was the first celebrity to lend his support. "Please wear your shades to shield yourself from the sun's UV rays - or the paparazzi."

Foster is joined in his support of CNIB by other entertainers, athletes and media personalities: Canada AM's Jeff Hutcheson, actor Erin Karpluk (CBC's "Being Erica"), Olympic Gold Medalist Christine Nesbitt, and musicians Jann Arden and Carole Pope, among others.

"We're thrilled and humbled by the generosity of these celebrities," said Steve Lutz, Vice President of Fund Development, CNIB. "Their participation will go a long way toward raising awareness about vision health, and raising funds for CNIB services from coast to coast."

Fans can view the full list of participating celebrities and their sunglasses at www.cnib.ca/auctions. The auction starts on May 13 and is open to bidders across Canada and around the world. All proceeds will help support CNIB services for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, like learning how to cook again, walk safely with a white cane or use a computer.

About Shades of Fun
Shades of Fun day and the Shades of Fun celebrity auction are among many exciting initiatives taking place in May as part of CNIB Vision Health Month. Throughout May, CNIB is calling on Canadians to take control of their eye health by getting their eyes checked, wearing sunglasses year-round and learning more about vision health. To learn more, visit www.shadesoffunday.ca

About CNIB
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing 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 make a donation or learn more, visit www.cnib.ca or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.

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CNIB eBay auction: www.cnib.ca/auctions
Shades of Fun day: www.shadesoffunday.ca

SOURCE CNIB

For further information:

Melita Vega
Manager, Marketing & Communications
CNIB
416-486-2500 (ext. 7715)
Melita.vega@cnib.ca

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