We are in an unprecedented circumstance with this pandemic and we appreciate the challenges families across Canada are facing right now. We know some will not be in a position to make a contribution to Cycle for Sight this year, and that is ok!
We also know that some are able to continue to give to Cycle for Sight and that giving a gift to help fight blindness can be very uplifting, especially in this time of uncertainty.
There are no minimum fundraising amounts to participate in Cycle for Sight 2020.
Be sure to share your personal page link on social media too! Not sure what to post? We’ve got you covered. We’ve developed a #CycleforSight Social Media Kit where you can find graphics to download and post.
The funds raised in Cycle for Sight Virtual 2020 are vital to continuing Fighting Blindness Canada’s mission to advance new treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on our in-person fundraising events, our funding towards vision research and resources for the vision loss community are in jeopardy. We need your support now more than ever to help bridge the potential $1 million revenue gap.
Our Health Information Line is available to you or someone you know that may have questions regarding COVID-19 and eye health. It can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.888.626.2995. We also help answer pressing questions from the vision loss community in our COVID-19 and Eye Health FAQS and COVID-19 and Mental Health FAQs.
Due to COVID-19, research in labs has slowed down. However, this doesn’t mean that the research you have funded has stopped. In fact critical experiments, some of which are years in the making are still taking place (following safe practices of course!), and work that can be done offsite, like data analysis and manuscript writing, is stronger than ever.
And with the first sight-saving treatment for an inherited retinal disease (IRD) in consideration by Health Canada, we are mobilizing our community to provide patient input through an online survey by May 15th. Learn more about the IRD surveys here. The results will help the government decide whether to recommend this treatment to be publicly funded by our provincial governments' drug benefit programs.