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TORONTO, Dec. 16 /CNW/ - This year Uncle John is going to be impactful in changing someone's life.

This year he has decided to give the gift of sight. A gift that will give people hope for tomorrow - free of avoidable blindness.

In the developing world, restoring sight means restoring life. By treating blindness in the world's poor, Operation Eyesight gives men, women and children the opportunity to work, look after their families and go to school.

Giving the gift of sight through Operation Eyesight is easy and a truly meaningful way to tell family, friends, teachers and business associates that you are thinking of them. Each colourful gift card is tax deductible and is personalized with the name of the gift recipient and the purchaser - and they can be mailed directly to the recipient.

What better way to give a gift this holiday season, than to give the gift of sight! Choose from a wide variety of life-altering gifts for everyone on your list. For example:

    -   Provide eyeglasses for four children - giving children a chance to
        learn to read and write
    -   Empower a woman with microskills training - giving her the ability to
        earn her own income and lift her family out of poverty
    -   Distribute antibiotics to stop eye infections - giving 300 people in
        sub-Saharan Africa the sight-saving medication to prevent the spread
        of disease
    -   Build a latrine for one family - giving a family in sub-Saharan
        Africa a more sanitary living environment to stop Trachoma

The good news is that 80 per cent of blindness is treatable or preventable, and you can make a difference by ordering Operation Eyesight gift cards online at www.operationeyesight.com or by calling toll free 1-800-585-8265.

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

Interviews on the gift guide are available upon request with Operation Eyesight representatives.


For further information: For further information: Daniela Mandolfo, Media/Public Relations Assistant, mandolfod@operationeyesight.com, Toll Free: 1-800-585-8265, Office: (416) 438-7280; Lindsay O'Connor, Head of International Media, oconnor@operationeyesight.com, Toll Free: 1-800-585-8265, Office: (416) 438-7280, Cell: (647) 404-4469

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