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Standard Chartered is proud to be the sponsor of the Sightsavers Gift of Sight event. We are pleased to raise awareness of our global programme, Seeing is Believing (SiB). Through this programme, we aim to raise USD100 million to tackle avoidable blindness. In September 2011, the Bank pledged to match all donations dollar for dollar until the USD 100 million target is met by 2020. Through this commitment, Standard Chartered aims to reach 50 million people. Having raised USD 37 million since 2003, we’re already a third of the way to reaching this target.
Since launching in 2003 (as part of the Bank’s 150th anniversary celebrations), Seeing is Believing has helped 25 million people, giving more than 2.78 million people their sight back while treating 3.9million people for Vitamin A deficiency and river blindness. The Bank’s employees have largely perpetuated the success and support of the programme as 70% of fundraising is led by them. In 2011 alone, employees volunteered 7,155 days for Seeing is Believing projects around the world.
Moreover, Standard Chartered supports ‘VISION 2020: The Right to Sight’, the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
In the UAE, we have raised over USD 200, 000 through various initiatives spearheaded by staff. Additionally, through the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2012, we were able to raise AED 50, 000 for this cause.
Why we’re doing this?
To find out more or to make a donation please visit www.seeingisbelieving.org