|Monday, 10 November 2003|
Standard Chartered hands over 150 lenses to Helpage
Standard Chartered Bank, raised money for the "Seeing is Believing" programme which facilitated handing over of 150 cataract lenses and to restore eyesight to 150 such people. These lenses will also benefit people living in Jaffna.
In time to mark World Sight Day on October 9, 2003, Standard Chartered raised US$1,000,000, to restore sight to 40,000 people across the world.
Commenting on the campaign, Standard Chartered's Chairman, Bryan Sanderson said, "Standard Chartered is trusted and caring, dedicated to making a difference to the communities in which we operate.
I am delighted with the success of 'Seeing is Believing' and our achievement of this incredible goal of returning sight to more people than we employ."
Standard Chartered employees all over the world raised funds for "Seeing is Believing" through local initiatives in their own countries.
As part of the campaign the Bank has donated a fully equipped operating theatre and children's ward at the Islamia Eye Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The Bank has also funded the training of 6,600 governmental primary healthcare workers for the identification of treatable blindness.
"We are privileged to be in a position to raise enough funds to restore sight to 40,000 people. Not only is this a human-interest issue but it is also good business sense; we want our employees and customers to be healthy and have a good quality of life. I wish to take this opportunity to thank all our employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders for their generous support in raising the funds to make this possible", said Standard Chartered's Group Chief Executive, Mervyn Davies.
To mark World Sight Day and the achievements of the 'Seeing is Believing' campaign, Standard Chartered employees around the world organised a number of celebratory events in their countries.
This includes a visit to Bangladesh where five Bank employees from Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Sierra Leone will experience at first hand the difference that the Bank's contributions have made to many people's lives.
In London, the Bank is sponsoring the 'Flight to Sight' event in aid of Sight Savers International at the British Airways London Eye to mark the occasion.
Produced by Lake House