12 Oct 2012

World Sight Day 2012

This year World Sight Day takes place on Thursday 11 October.
Established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2000, it is the main advocacy event to raise awareness about avoidable blindness and for “VISION 2020: The Right to Sight”, a global effort to prevent avoidable blindness created by the WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
Over half a million Australians aged over 40 are living with some form of vision loss and of these, over 66,000 are blind.
The theme of this year’s World Sight Day is prevention.
It is estimated that in Australia, 75 per cent of blindness and vision loss is preventable or treatable.
Saving your sight could be as simple as getting an eye test.
Vision 2020 Australia is undertaking a number of exciting activities this year to celebrate World Sight Day and raise awareness about avoidable blindness.  For more info please visit:  www.worldsightday.org.au

13 Jul 2012

Team GROWN sets off for Mongolia! Good Luck!!

  Imagine you're lost in a massive desert, hundreds of miles from civilisation, driving a car your granny would be embarrassed by. Then all of a sudden all your wheels fall off and the search for tools turns up a dirty sock and two dried apricots. That's the Mongol Rally - over 16,000 km of pure adventure over mountains, deserts and some of the most remote terrain on the planet from UK to Mongolia.

Some of the most unsuitable vehicles in the world will be making it to the kickoff of the Mongol Rally today, but will our car called 'Smee' (Captain Hooks Sidekick) make it the whole way?  Representing Team Grown this year are the 'scallywags' made up of Belinda Nichols of New Zealand, Tom Archer and James Clarke from the UK.

Starting in Goodwood, UK, team GROWN will drive through 18 countries and finally end up in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia on Aug 24th and at the heart of the adventure is a good cause.  The official Mongol Rally charity is the Lotus Children's Centre Charitable Trust. They work with vulnerable children and families to provide the basic human rights of shelter, food and education.  'Smee' will be also be auctioned off at the end of the rally to help support the centre further.   If you want to make a donation, click here

TEAM GROWN will be updating us all over the coming week .. stay tuned! Adventure will be had.