Fundraising & Mozambique Work

Optometry students have a proud tradition of raising money for various worthy causes, including, The Mozambique Eye Care ProjectVision Aid Overseas and Optometry Giving Sight.  Our students have also travelled to Mozambique to carry out eye examinations.

Here are a few examples of how the students have come together to raise much needed funds.


Zoe McPartlin and Duck Norris (Tatiana Tyulkina) from 1st year

On October 9th 2015 a group of optometry students from DIT Kevin Street took to the streets of Dublin to raise funds for Optometry Giving Sight (OGS). OGS is a global charity that aims to tackle preventable blindness - where people are visually impaired simply because they do not have access to an eye examination or spectacles.

Students were spotted around Grafton Street and St. Stephens Green shaking their buckets and encouraging the public to support this great cause.
A familiar face within DIT circles, "Duck Norris" was their to lend his support! Thank you to all who got involved!


World Sight Day

Our students went out into Dublin looking to raise money for Optometry Giving Sight and again did us proud.

Trip to Mozambique 

Amy Hamill Carries out an Eye Examination


Catherine Drew Works in the Clinic

 Ailish Fitzpatrick tests a Patients Eyesight
Prof James Loughman and lecturer John McGann at the Clinic



Night at the Races

The students kicked 2013 off with a "night at the races" in aid of the Mozambique Eyecare Project in the Harcourt Hotel.  The night was organised by Brianne Bolton and was a great success raising over €600.

Back: Marcus Conway (4th yr), Sinead Allen (3rd yr)
Front: 3rd Year Students: Faye Loughnane, Eveleen Rowe, Eimear O' Carroll
 3rd Year students: Sharon Scott, Louise Murphy, Niall O' Mahony with friend
 4th Year students: Brianne Bolton, Amy Hamill and Rebecca Donnelly
 1st Year Students:  Niamh Burke, Grace Durkan and Hollie Jones

Traditional Music Session

In January 2012 optometry student Anne-Ita McHugh organised a traditional music session to raise funds for Optometry Giving Sight, optometry students all piled in to take part and lots of fun was had by all.  Anne-Ita also hosted a private fundraiser evening in her home town of Castlebar, Co.Mayo, and together the two events raised over €4,000.

 Aiden Daniels and Anne-Ita McHugh
James Shortall's Brother, James Shortall, Sandra Walsh and Anne-Ita Mc Hugh 


Sponsored Blind Folded Climb of Croagh Patrick

A Blindfold climb of Croagh Patrick was organised by Optics Society member Amy Hamill in March 2012, also in aid of Optometry Giving Sight.  Six students took part, and while some were blindfolded, others acted as guiders, they raised an impressive €1570, and the students recorded a video message at the top for the UniLúrio students in Mozambique.

 Sinead Allen and Rebecca Donnelly



World Sight Day

The Dublin Institute of Technology Optometry students and staff donned their white coats on 11 October, World Sight Day, and raised €495.15 with a bucket collection on Grafton Street, in Aid of Optometry Giving Sight (OGS). In addition €470 was raised for OGS at the Optometry Rock n Roll Bingo night also held on World Sight Day. Bringing the total raised to €964.15! 

The DIT Mascot “Duck Norris” was on hand to shelter students from the rain and to boost moral on a day with weather that could only be described as great weather for ducks!


 Olivia Meade, Katie Morrissey and Pearse Fahy
 Emma Hyland, Maire Ni Chuireain, Marita McCarthy and Ciara Ni Chlerigh
 Wayne Norman and Barry O’Rourke
 Emma Hyland makes Duck Norris' Day


Duck Norris also had time to avail of a free eye examination in the National Optometry Centre

  Emma Hyland gives Duck Norris an eye exam


The fundraising is part of the ongoing student engagement activities carried out through the Irish Aid/HEA, DIT funded Mozambique Eyecare Project



Students collect spectacles for Vision Aid Overseas

Pictured are third year DIT optometry students who checked and sorted spectacles, donated into the National Optometry Centre. These spectacles will be sent on to Vision Aid Overseas, who give the spectacles away to patients in developing countries in Africa and Asia.


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