Outstanding Canadian athletes join Calgary-led fight against global blindness



    CALGARY, May 1 /CNW/ - Two outstanding Calgary-based athletes are
dedicating some of their tremendous energy to the fight against global
blindness. Both women are joining forces with Calgary's own Operation Eyesight
to help prevent and treat unnecessary blindness, which has reached epidemic
proportions in the developing world.
    International rugby star and Olympic bobsleigh contender, Heather Moyse
and ultra-marathon runner, Norma Bastidas will speak to donors and supporters
at Operation Eyesight's See the Future event on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in
the Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary. The evening will also feature
stories of individuals and communities forever changed through innovative
development projects funded by caring Canadians.
    Moyse, who is currently in Calgary training for the Vancouver 2010
Olympics finished fourth with pilot Helen Upperton in the 2006 Olympics in
Turin, Italy and earned four medals in the 2005/2006 World Cup bobsleigh
circuit. A versatile athlete, she has also represented Canada in 15
international rugby games as a member of the Women's Senior Rugby teams.
    Bastidas is currently nearing the half-way mark in her 777 Run for Sight,
a bid to run seven grueling ultra-marathons on seven continents in seven
months. She has completed races in Brazil, Antarctica and Australia and will
run the Iron Horse ultra 100 in St. Paul, Alta May 8-10.
    "The goal of the 777 Run for Sight is to communicate how lucky we are to
have the gift of sight and to share our good fortune with others who aren't so
lucky," says Bastidas. She hopes to raise $100,000 for medical research in
Canada and to support Operation Eyesight's work overseas.
    "In the developing world, loss of eyesight is all too common and results
in loss of livelihood and often life itself," says Pat Ferguson, President &
CEO of Operation Eyesight. "These two incredible athletes will help draw
attention to this growing problem and will help our medical partners in Africa
and south Asia to save the eyesight of many people."

    Heather Moyse, Norma Bastidas and Pat Ferguson, President & CEO,
Operation Eyesight are available for interviews before and after See the
Future on May 7.





For further information:

For further information: or to book an interview contact: Lynn Leduc,
leducl@operationeyesight.ca, (403) 988-9751; or Lindsay O'Connor,
oconnor@operationeyesight.com, (647) 404-4469

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