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December 2015 Newsletter
 
 
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Thanks to Sight For All Thagyan is cancer free
 
 
Thagyan, who lives in the Ayeyarwaddy Region of Myanmar, was first seen in 2013 at the age of 3 by Dr Than Htun Aung, Myamar's first children's eye specialist trained by Sight For All. Thagyan had cancer in one eye and, prior to the specialised training and equipment provided by Sight for All, her fate would have been bleak. 

Her treatment involved removal of the affected eye, followed by intensive chemotherapy and regular check ups that have saved her life. Thagyan’s story has a happy ending, with Dr Aung recently announcing her to be free of cancer in the remaining eye.

 
SIGHT FOR ALL  RESTORES SIGHT AND SAVE LIVES. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You can make a real difference to blindness this Christmas... 

As Vision 1000 reaches it’s one year anniversary, members are collectively raising more than $300,000 each year, allowing Sight For All to grow their high impact and sustainable activities both locally and abroad. With Christmas just around the corner, there is no better time to be a part of this great social impact initiative and an integral part of Sight For All which currently impacts on half a million lives each year.

With a goal to grow this humanitarian club to one thousand members by 2020, we hope to help hundreds of thousands more and reduce the climbing rate of blindness in the developing world. More  information on
Vision 1000 and a current list of Vision 1000 members can be viewed on our new website, or please contact Sight For All's Executive Officer Judy Bickmore on +61 8 8222 4937. The annual contribution is fully tax deductible.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Join Vision 1000 this Christmas, as a business, a family or as an individual. Your membership will benefit many...
 
 
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An update on our events
in 2015
 
 
Each and every dollar raised at Sight For All events, large or small, enables Sight For All to further their work in blindness prevention. In recent months there has been an array of fantastic events held in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne that we'd like to share with you...

One Night For Sight
A small group of high profile guests recently participated in Sight For All's unique One Night For Sight dinner party held in total pitch black at the fabulous Sean's Kitchen in Adelaide. With many sensory challenges at play, the intimate gathering found dining in the dark provided them with an understanding of the hardship experienced by millions of blind people throughout the world.

We would like to sincerely thank our wonderful and very brave guests who collectively raised over $22,000 to purchase sight saving equipment for eye centres in Myanmar. We also wish to thank Uber Black, Garden Grove Nursery and the fabulous team at Sean's Kitchen. This special boutique event will be held again in May 2016 at a new mystery location! Stay tuned...
Check out more photos from the dinner on our Facebook page.



The Very Slow Long Lunch
The return of The Very Slow Long Lunch, held at The Published ArtHouse in Adelaide, was a fun filled day attended by 300 friends of Sight For All. The afternoon of great food and wine, fantastic company and a fun ‘raffle with a twist’, raised over $75,000 to purchase two much-needed lasers to treat diabetic eye disease at the regional eye centres in Champasak and Savannakhet in southern Lao. A big thank you to all our generous sponsors and to everyone who attended the long lunch – we will be making another return in 2016! Enjoy more photos from the long lunch on Facebook



Sydney & Melbourne events
We were thrilled to be a part of recent fundraising events in Sydney and Melbourne, kindly hosted by Vision 1000 Members. The Medibroker’s Life Insurance Advisors event, coordinated by Aaron Zelman, was held in Melbourne and raised $1,600. Friends For Sight, held the following week in Sydney and coordinated by Malaty Kittikhoun, raised $7,000 for our activities in Lao. Our sincere thanks to Aaron and Malaty for their dedication and hard work in planning these fantastic events and supporting Sight For All.
More photos can be viewed on our Facebook page



One Day For Sight - a global competition
Sight For All's annual photographic competition, One Day For Sight, provided an opportunity for photographers around the world to submit an image with the theme 'yellow' taken exclusively on World Sight Day 2015. 

Congratulations to Renate Smitham (winning image below) who was awarded first place and DJ Paine, second place. Thank you to o
ur expert panel of judges including Narelle Autio, Lisa Slade and Hugo Michell, who carefully selected the 27 shortlisted images along with the winners. Renate's photograph and the 26 other images can be viewed in the One Day For Sight Photographic Exhibition at the Adelaide Convention Centre until 18th December, before moving to the Adelaide Airport from the 4th January until mid February. We thank our amazing event sponsors Optos, Zeiss Optical, Atkins Photo Lab, Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Airport for their generous support.
Exhibition photos can be viewed on our Facebook page.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sight For All equips Myanmar's second children's eye unit
 
With the generous support of the Australian Government, Sight For All is excited to announce the second children's eye unit for Myanmar has just been equipped. This unit at the Mandalay Eye and ENT Hospital will treat children with eye conditions living in the north of the country. Trained through Sight For All's Collaborative Fellowship Program, Dr Tin Mg Thant will be the leading paediatric ophthalmologist in the unit and is now the second children's eye specialist in the country. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A big thank you
 
 
Sight For All would like to say THANK YOU - to our amazing Visionaries, our Vision 1000 members, our generous sponsors and donors, our army of volunteers, our fabulous marketing, logistics and events committees, and to all the friends who support our events.

Thank you for helping Sight For All make a difference to the lives of so many others. We look forward to sharing another great year with you all in 2016. Merry 
Christmas!

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