Operation Eyesight Universal wins a 2009 YMCA Calgary Peace Medals Award

TORONTO, Nov. 24 /CNW/ - Operation Eyesight Universal is honoured to win a 2009 YMCA Calgary Peace Medals Award in the International Group Category.

This award honours organizations in the local community who both encourage and educate global awareness, and are committed to the advancement of peace abroad. Since 1991, YMCA Calgary has been recognizing peacemakers who inspire and affect the lives of others through their peaceful endeavours.

In conjunction with winning the award, Operation Eyesight was featured in a short video about their work in the developing world, shown at the YMCA Calgary Peace Awards Luncheon on November 18.

"This award is a recognition of our efforts to eradicate preventable blindness in developing countries," says Pat Ferguson, President & CEO of Operation Eyesight. "We provide sight-saving surgeries and create locally-sustainable services so that communities can continue to help themselves."

Operation Eyesight is committed to global, environmental and cross-cultural education of blindness prevention. Operation Eyesight is a leader in the world on quality eye care units that has become a model in the developing world.

Operation Eyesight implements the World Health Organization's SAFE strategy to eliminate trachoma by drilling boreholes to provide clean water and constructing latrines to prevent transmission of the bacteria by flies, in addition to dispensing antibiotics and providing lid surgery.

Almost fifty per cent of the developing world's population - 2.5 billion people - lack improved sanitation facilities, and over 884 million people still use unsafe drinking water sources. Poor sanitation, water and hygiene have many serious repercussions - sickening and killing thousands of children every day.

"Receiving this award not only acknowledges the work that we have done to improve the lives of those threatened by blindness, but fundamentally sheds light on the fact that we still have an abundance of work ahead of us," says Ferguson.

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SOURCE OPERATION EYESIGHT UNIVERSAL

For further information: For further information: Lindsay O'Connor, Head of Media, oconnor@operationeyesight.com, Cell: (647) 404-4469, Toll Free: 1-800-585-8265 ext. 3

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