Qatar Airways has become the official airline of Orbis UK, a global blindness prevention charity.
The announcement coincides with a fundraising
drive organised at Hamad International Airport in celebration of
World Sight Day, inaugurated by HRH Princess Sophie, the Countess
of Wessex, who is a patron of the International Agency for the
Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
Orbis is an international NGO that transforms
lives by working to eliminate avoidable blindness and visual
impairment. There are 285 million people in the world who are
blind or visually impaired, yet a staggering 80% of eye
conditions can be prevented or cured.
approach centres on training local eye-care teams on the latest
sight-saving techniques. Every year, Orbis’ medical volunteers –
some of the world’s leading eye care specialists – spend their
free time teaching and training health workers around the world.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
Akbar Al Baker, said, “Qatar Airways believes that
global aviation acts as a bridge between communities and people
and we are delighted to be able to support causes that affect
individuals across every continent. We are proud to offer our
support to Orbis UK to help ensure that it can continue to make a
significant difference in maintaining and restoring sight to even
more people around the world.”
As the official airline of Orbis UK, Qatar Airways will be
flying medical volunteers on duty to the airline’s destinations
Orbis Africa Chairman Mr. Robert Walters
said, “We are delighted that Qatar Airways is supporting Orbis UK
through becoming our official airline. This partnership continues
our deep links with the aviation industry – since 1982 we have
operated the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, a unique ophthalmic
training centre on board a fully adapted DC-10 aircraft. With the support of Qatar Airways, our volunteers are able to
continue saving sight around the world, moving us closer towards achieving our vision of a world where no-one is needlessly blind.”
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