PLEASANTON, Calif., December 22, 2014 — CooperVision, Inc. (NYSE: COO) today announced that through the creative fundraising efforts of its employees around the globe, $115,000 has been donated to Optometry Giving Sight in support of the 2014 World Sight Day Challenge. The company is an Optometry Giving Sight Global Gold Sponsor.
Employees at more than 25 locations organized and participated in local activities to generate the funds, including a 5K walk/run, t-shirt sale, jeans days, raffles and World Sight Day Challenge bracelet sales. The Cooper Companies proudly matched employee donations.
“Our purpose is to help improve the way people see each day,” said Dan McBride, President, CooperVision. “The people of CooperVision show their commitment to this ideal in everything they do, including rallying to support the incredible efforts of Optometry Giving Sight. The 2014 World Sight Day Challenge donation is our most substantial yet – equivalent to providing 23,000 eye exams to those in need.”
“Everyone at CooperVision and The Cooper Companies has our deepest gratitude,” said Clive Miller, CEO of Optometry Giving Sight. “Thousands of people are needlessly blind or vision impaired in underserved communities. This donation will make a meaningful difference in their lives, plus the lives of countless others in years to come because of our focus on sustainable change.”
In addition to its employee-led donations to the World Sight Day Challenge, CooperVision generates additional funds year-round for the organization through industry initiatives. These include offering contact lens patients the opportunity to donate eligible rebates to the cause, which itself has produced more than $200,000 in funding.
CooperVision, a unit of The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses and related products and services. The Company produces a full array of monthly, two-week and daily disposable contact lenses, all featuring advanced materials and optics. CooperVision has a strong heritage of solving the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism and presbyopia; and offers the most complete collection of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.
About The Cooper Companies
The Cooper Companies, Inc. ("Cooper") is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE Euronext (NYSE:COO). Cooper is dedicated to being A Quality of Life Company™ with a focus on delivering shareholder value. Cooper operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. CooperVision brings a refreshing perspective on vision care with a commitment to crafting a wide range of high-quality products for contact lens wearers and providing focused practitioner support. CooperSurgical focuses on supplying women's health clinicians with market-leading products and treatment options to improve the delivery of healthcare to women. Headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., Cooper has approximately 9,000 employees with products sold in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.coopercos.com.
About Optometry Giving Sight
More than 600 million people worldwide are blind or vision impaired because they cannot access eye exams and correction. Optometry Giving Sight (GivingSight.org) is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets uncorrected refractive error, helping train local professionals, establish sustainable vision centers and deliver eye care where it’s needed most.
Heather Kowalczyk, McDougall Communications for CooperVision, Inc.
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