Operation Eyesight Universal honours the Canadian Forces Protestant Chapels for 30 years of support

    OTTAWA, June 26 /CNW/ - On a recent trip to Ottawa, Operation Eyesight
Universal's CEO Pat Ferguson presented an honorary plaque to Colonel the Rev
Canon John Fletcher, Director of Chaplain Services and Maj K.E. Klein of
Chaplain Operations, in recognition of thirty years of dedication to this
mission. Canadian Forces Protestant Chapels have identified Operation Eyesight
Universal as one of their wider mission projects and faithfully contribute to
this cause.
    The plaque was preceded by a Fulani stick, which is used by children to
lead blind adults around in East Africa. By investing in treatment and
cataract operations, the Canadian Forces Protestant Chapels are enabling
children to attend school and giving their parents brighter futures.
    The continuous support of the Chaplains of the Armed Forces and members
of their congregation has resulted in 25,000 people being restored to sight
who were once affected by cataracts.
    "We are pleased to commemorate this milestone," says Pat Ferguson. "The
Chaplains and the Protestant Chapels of the Armed Forces have shown tremendous
loyalty and confidence to the cause of blindness prevention, bringing the gift
of sight to thousands of people around the globe."
    Cataracts, which cloud the lens of the eyes, are the leading cause of
blindness in the developing world. Fortunately, they are treatable and can be
removed by a simple surgical procedure. Cataract surgery is one of the most
cost effective cures offered to adults in the developed world using available
technology, in comparison to other health interventions.

    Operation Eyesight is a Canadian International development organization
dedicated to preventing and treating blindness throughout the world for more
than 40 years - primarily in Asia and Africa. We help local medical
professionals provide community development and comprehensive, sustainable eye
care for the people of the world who can least afford it. Since 1963,
Operation Eyesight has restored sight or prevented blindness in nearly 35
million people. For more information, visit www.operationeyesight.ca.

    Global Blindness - Every five seconds, one person in our world goes blind
and a child goes blind every minute. More than 90 per cent of the world's
blind people live in developing countries, where day-to-day life is already
daunting and blindness is a direct threat to life. Over 75 per cent of this
blindness is preventable or treatable.

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For further information:

For further information: Lindsay O'Connor, Manager, International Media
& PR, Operation Eyesight Universal, 1-800-585-8265 or (647) 404-4469 (cell),

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