Employees organized a variety of fundraisers.

(Press Release) CooperVision Inc. has made a $164,000 donation to Optometry Giving Sight in support of the 2016 World Sight Day Challenge.

This is the fifth consecutive year that employees organized a wide variety of fundraisers over multiple weeks, with matching funds pledged by The Cooper Cos. (NYSE: COO).

The $164,000 donation is the largest-ever World Sight Day Challenge contribution made by the company. CooperVision is an Optometry Giving Sight Global Gold Sponsor.

More than 30 CooperVision teams and locations generated funds through activities including food festivals in Puerto Rico, a mountain climbing challenge in the UK, guide dog seminars and a 5K walk/run in the U.S., an auction in China, customized cupcake sales in Spain and bracelet sales in Mexico and elsewhere.

"Funds raised through this year's employee campaign will make a real difference – the equivalent of providing 32,000 eye exams to people in need," said Dan McBride, president of CooperVision. "The time and energy put into fundraising by our employees illustrate the depth of their personal and professional commitment to help improve the way people see each day. It's rewarding to work alongside them, as well as our partners from Optometry Giving Sight."

Clive Miller, CEO of Optometry Giving Sight, said: "The generosity demonstrated by CooperVision employees and The Cooper Companies continues to grow, and we can't thank them enough for their 2016 World Sight Day Challenge initiatives and donation. With their support, we are helping to fund projects that reach underserved communities across the planet, addressing vision loss and preventing unnecessary blindness in ways that transform lives for the better every day."

CooperVision's cumulative support for Optometry Giving Sight over the last several years is expected to exceed $2 million by the close of 2016. In addition to its World Sight Day Challenge donation, the company contributes funding through a patient rebate donation program in the U.S., LensFerry S donations for completed patient annual subscriptions and Europe's One Bright Vision cause-related marketing program, which benefits communities in Africa and India.

The company also supports several specific programs, providing funding as well as sending experts on site for professional guidance and observation.