Oakley and OneSight Team Up to Bring Vision Care to Mamelodi
Oakley is sponsoring a two-week OneSight eye care clinic in Mamelodi, South Africa with the hope of helping 10,000 people without access to vision care simply because they cannot afford it.
OneSight is a Luxottica foundation dedicated to improving vision for those in need. Today, Oakley employees, athletes and local celebrities joined OneSight’s opticians, licensed doctors and eyewear industry professionals in Mamelodi’s Bophelong Community Center to hand-deliver prescription frames and non-prescription sunglasses along with top-quality eye care to approximately 1,400 people out of the 10,000 that will be served over the two-week clinic period.
“By leveraging all of its resources – from product and voluntary donations to the participation of employee and athlete volunteers – Oakley aims to help OneSight improve access to vision care and sun protection for the 314 million people worldwide who suffer from poor vision” said Juliana Williams, Oakley Community Outreach.
Prominent Oakley Athletes Involved
Oakley athletes that volunteered in today’s clinic included Gretchen Bleiler (American Professional Halfpipe Snowboarder), Oscar Pistorius (South African Paralympian), Sifiso Nhlapo (South African Professional BMX Rider), Davey Weare (South African Professional Surfer), Burry Stander (South African Mountain Bike Champion), Graeme Smith (South African Cricketer & Captain), and Roxy Louw (South African Surfer), along with Liezel van der Westhuizen (South African Television Presenter & Host of M-Net’s Idols).
OneSight is also working with Engage Mamelodi, an on-the-ground non-profit medical organization, to develop a sustainable eye care clinic in Mamelodi by donating vision care equipment and training personnel. OneSight will also return to South Africa in November for the next eye care clinic in Mtubatuba.
“It’s always fun to give back – especially doing so with a sponsor who shares in this vision – handing the recipients their glasses has been so rewarding – I have loved being part of this experience” said Sifiso Nhlapo.
And Graeme Smith said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to do a lot for the communities throughout my career in South Africa, but it’s the first time I’ve ever done anything involving eyes – seeing people’s faces when they see properly for the first time has kept a smile on my face all day. I’m grateful for the experience – thank you Oakley.”
According to Cape Town University, Africa has the highest burden of blindness and visual impairment, 80% of which is avoidable. Poverty is the common denominator contributing to most of this blindness.
There are 1.1 million people who live in Mamelodi. According to a local community health survey conducted by Engage Mamelodi, the number one health issue the community wanted addressed is vision care. Currently, there is only 1 optician and 1 ophthalmologist to support this community on an ongoing basis.
How You Can Help
There are many ways to help. 1) Make a small donation to http://www.onesight.org to support the program directly. 2) Donate your gently-used prescription eyewear and non-prescription sunglasses and drop them off at any Sunglass Hut location in South Africa. 3) Organize a collection drive in your community.