This excerpt taken from the LUX 6-K filed May 25, 2007.
GIVE THE GIFT OF SIGHT
Give the Gift of Sight, a Luxottica Group charitable foundation, is a family of charitable programs providing free vision care and eyewear to underprivileged individuals in North America and developing countries around the world. Since the programs inception in 1988, Give the Gift of Sight has helped more than five million people across five continents, including hundreds of communities in North America.
The Group understands the dramatic change that one pair of eyeglasses can make in a persons life. Around the world, in developing and industrialized countries alike, millions of people suffer from poor vision because they do not have access to eye care or they simply cannot afford it. Poor vision impedes a childs ability to learn in school and robs an adult of independence, mobility and quality of life. Give the Gift of Sight was founded with the belief that clear vision is a basic right, not a luxury.
Give the Gift of Sight has been woven into Luxottica Groups culture by harnessing its vision care expertise and empowering associates and optometrists to volunteer their time to offer their expertise to those in need. Each year, Give the Gift of Sight volunteers and optometrists, in partnership with Lions Clubs International members, provide eye exams and hand deliver recycled eyewear to underprivileged individuals in developing countries around the world. These two-week missions, staffed by 25 optometrists and volunteers, are each designed to help nearly 30,000 people. Since 1991, there have been more than 115 optical missions to 28 developing countries providing the gift of sight to more than five million people.
The target of the current Give the Gift of Sight program is to help seven million people by 2008.