Abbotsford Window Company Helping Paraguay to Fight Blindness



    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - Innotech Windows and Doors Inc. of Abbotsford are
supplying over 150 windows for a new full-service eye hospital in Asuncisn,
Paraguay in partnership with Christian Blind Mission International (CBMI). The
new hospital is the dream of Paraguan ophthalmologist, Dr. Rainald Duerksen
and has been funded largely by CBMI donors in Canada.
    In the South American country of Paraguay there are approximately 24,000
people who are blind, mostly due to cataracts. Because of the lack of adequate
facilities in the rural areas and extreme poverty many of these people have
had no hope of any treatment that could restore their sight. Since the early
90's, Dr. Duerksen has been providing sight-restoring cataract surgery to
rural people at no cost using rented facilities.
    "This new hospital will not only give us the ability to help many more
non-paying patients but we will also provide eye care services to people who
can afford to pay for our services," said Duerksen during a recent visit to
Abbotsford.
    Abbotsford's Chris Tinworth, BC District Manager for CBMI, is very
excited that a local company is supplying the windows for the new hospital.
    "When Dr. Duerksen was here in October 2006, he shared with us that he
had not yet found a local supplier of windows in Paraguay. We met with the
owners of Innotech. They said they would not only supply the windows but would
provide them as a donation!" says Tinworth.
    The state-of-the-art windows are made from an environmentally friendly
recyclable material that will last for generations. The high insulation factor
means that the cost to operate air conditioning in parts of the hospital will
be greatly reduced. Another Abbotsford business man with connections in
Paraguay offered to ship the windows at no charge.
    The windows left the Wheel Ave. factory earlier this week and are now on
their way to Asuncisn where they are expected to arrive by the end of July.
The Fundacisn Visisn Eye Hospital is expected to be completed in the fall of
2007.

    CBMI supports over 1,000 projects in 113 developing countries and
currently reaches 12.5 million people trapped in poverty by disability. These
are the most forgotten people in the world - children, parents and families
forgotten by their communities, their countries and too often forgotten by the
rest of the world. CBM worldwide has performed over 8 million cataract
operations.





For further information:

For further information: Lindsay O'Connor, National Media/PR Manager,
CBMI Canada, 1-800-567-2264 ext 289, loconnor@cbmicanada.org

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