News Release - May 3, 1999
SGI CANADA DONATES EYE GLASS LENSES TO OPERATION EYESIGHT UNIVERSAL
Deputy Premier and Crown Investments Corporation Minister
Dwain Lingenfelter today presented $22,800 worth of uncut eyeglass
lenses to Operation Eyesight Universal, for distribution in the
developing world. SGI CANADA is donating the lenses that were
salvaged from a loss in Saskatoon.
"SGI CANADA is always looking for ways to give back to the community,"
Lingenfelter said. "Having such a large supply of uncut eyeglass
lenses provided the opportunity for SGI to find a way to put these
lenses to use, rather than just dispose of them. Operation Eyesight
Universal will ensure these lenses get to the people who need them the
"Operation Eyesight Universal is a charitable organization with
headquarters in Calgary and is responsible for projects in South Asia,
Africa, the Middle East and South America, restoring eyesight to poor
people and preventing blindness in children," said Dr. Madhao Thakre,
chairperson, Regina Volunteer Committee of Operation Eyesight
Universal. "I thank SGI CANADA for the kind donation. The lenses
will help restore eyesight to people who cannot afford to purchase
The lenses were damaged when a fresh water supply ruptured at a
Saskatoon ophthalmic lab. Water sprayed over the equipment and
onto cardboard boxes full of uncut and individually packaged
Two inspections showed that the damage to the multi-coating on
the lenses was negligible, but the lenses could not be sold as
The Lions Club District 5-CE will cover the cost of delivering
the lenses to the Calgary office of Operation Eyesight Universal.
"Thanks to Operation Eyesight Universal, tens of thousands of
free eyeglasses have been given to people in the third world,"
Lingenfelter said. "The lenses, donated by SGI CANADA, will
continue the tradition of bringing the gift of sight to people
who would otherwise have no access to eyeglasses."
For more information contact:
Phone: (306) 775-6907
Dr. Madhao Thakre
Chairperson, Regina Volunteer Committee
Operation Eyesight Universal
Phone: (306) 584-3022