Standard Chartered Donates USD100,000 For Eye Care Projects

On World Health Day, 7 April 2009, brokers for Standard Chartereds Financial Markets business donated a days fees to Seeing is Believing, the Banks global initiative aimed at tackling avoidable blindness. The Bank expects to raise in excess of USD100,000

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On World Health Day, 7 April 2009, brokers for Standard Chartereds Financial Markets business donated a days fees to Seeing is Believing, the Banks global initiative aimed at tackling avoidable blindness.

The Bank expects to raise in excess of USD100,000 from broker donations and for each dollar raised Standard Chartered will make a matching contribution to Seeing is Believing.

Money raised on this single day could fund cataract operations for over 3000 people, enabling them to see again; or at least 10 permanent primary eye health facilities serving underprivileged communities.

Over 100 brokers who work with the Bank across the globe, from the Tokyo open through to the New York close, have committed to take part in the one-day event making this a truly world-wide initiative.

We are very grateful to the brokers who have partnered with us to raise money for Seeing is Believing and help tackle avoidable blindness, says Richard Meddings, group finance director at Standard Chartered and chairman of Seeing is Believing.

There are 45 million blind people in the world and yet 75% of cases are preventable or curable. The days brokerage fees that will be contributed, combined with our matched funds, will go directly to delivering eye care projects in underprivileged communities and will make a real difference to so many people.

L.D.

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