Media Advisory - 2007 World Sight Day

    Media are invited to attend a blind experience World Sight Day 2007

    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ -

    Venue:    Crossroads Restaurant
              6211 Main St.
              Stouffville, ON L4A 4J3

    Date:     Thursday, October 11

    Time:     12 noon - 1 p.m.

    Contact:  Lindsay O'Connor
              National Media/PR Manager
              CBMI Canada
              647 202 3445

    "Early intervention is key to ensuring that children with eye problems
have the best possible outcomes not only in Canada but also in developing
countries," states Executive Director of Christian Blind Mission International
Canada, David McComiskey,
    Every minute, a child goes blind - in the developing world, a child has a
60% chance of dying within one year of going blind. Over 1 million children in
the developing world under the age of 15 are now blind.
    In Canada extremely low birth weights and prematurity birth (ROP) are the
most common cause of vision loss and blindness in infants.
    Children with visual impairment limits participation in opportunities for
education and self-development if not checked early.
    We invite you to experience first hand what it's like to have a visual
impairment as part of World Sight Day 2007. (Aprons will be provided.)

    Christian Blind Mission International is a founding member of VISION
2020: the Right to Sight which is a global initiative of the World Health
Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of
Blindness. We are working together to eliminate avoidable blindness worldwide
by the year 2020, in order to give everyone in the world the Right to Sight.
    World Sight Day is an international annual day of awareness held on the
second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision

For further information:

For further information: Lindsay O'Connor, National Media/PR Manager,
CBMI Canada,, (647) 202-3445

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