May 27, 2010 — Shades of Fun day:
Join thousands of Canadians from coast to coast and take part in CNIBís first ever Shades of Fun day Ė a day like no other in celebration of Vision Health Month. Wear your favourite shades to protect your eyes from the sun Ė then choose a fun fundraising activity, and raise money for CNIBís vital services for people with vision loss. Get your family, friends or coworkers involved and show us your shade of fun!
There are many ways to support Shades of Fun day, from wearing your shades and making a personal donation, to doing a fundraising activity on your own, to hosting a fun event with a group.
Wear your sunglasses and protect your eyes
By wearing your sunglasses on May 27 youíll be protecting your eyes from the sunís harmful rays and showing your support for CNIB. Itís important to wear your sunglasses all year-round. Whether the sun is shining or not put on a pair that has 99 per cent UVA and UVB protection.
The sunís ultraviolet rays are intensified when reflected. Glare is almost always present during daylight hours, even when itís cloudy. Shiny surfaces Ė like snow, vehicles and buildings Ė can give off bright glare that may damage your eyes. Long-term exposure to UV rays increases the risk of developing cataracts (clouding of the lens that causes blurred vision) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in Canadians over 50.
Why your support matters
Every 12 minutes, someone in Canada begins to lose their vision. Often, itís news that not only turns their own life upside down, but also affects their family and friends.
CNIBís goal is to empower every one of those Canadians with the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life Ė with practical, one-to-one support delivered in their own homes and communities.
Thatís why we need your help, now more than ever. By getting together with your family, friends and colleagues and participating in Shades of Fun day, youíll help us take a huge step toward reaching our goal. Every last dollar you raise will help to fund our vital services and develop new programs that will change the lives of blind and partially sighted people in your community.
To learn more about CNIB, visit us at www.cnib.ca