At Halma, we believe that everyone should have the right to sight. However, more than 39 million people are blind today – 80 percent from curable blindness such as cataracts. It’s hard to imagine a world where more than 115 million people will suffer from preventable blindness, but this figure is predicted to triple within the next four decades.
As a global group of life-saving technology companies with five leading eye health technology brands we know that more needs to be done to reach those with little or no access to healthcare. That’s why we are partnering with the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) – an international health NGO working to eliminate preventable and curable blindness throughout the developing world.
Through our Gift of Sight campaign, we are looking to raise upwards of US$200,000 for HCP – that would make possible the delivery of life-changing eye care, outreach and education to people in underserved communities around the world.
To give you an indication of how far this money will go—a cataract procedure costs US$25 per patient in materials. Halma’s contribution could have the potential of restoring the eyesight of 8,000 people in communities with little or no access to healthcare.
Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by Bob May, a retired Halma executive and shareholder of one of our eye health companies, Microsurgical Technology (MST), up to a total of US$100,000.
Together, we can do our part to ensure that everyone has the right to sight and begin to achieve our Purpose of growing a safer, cleaner healthier future for everyone, every day.
I hope you’ll join us in making a difference in the world. Thank you for your support.
The Himalayan Cataract Project is a US registered 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to the Himalayan Cataract Project are US tax-deductible for US taxpayers to the full extent of the law. We recommend donors outside the US seek appropriate tax advice regarding the applicability of any tax laws conferring tax benefits for the charity or the donor.
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