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Zumtobel Group’s donates to LIGHT FOR THE WORLD and makes eye operations possible for 290 blind people in Africa
01.06.2015
The Zumtobel Group is helping 290 blind people in Africa: through its donation to the NGO LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, the international company headquartered in Dornbirn is enabling 290 cataract operations to be performed on patients who would otherwise lose their sight. Cataracts are the most frequent cause of blindness worldwide. Around 20 million people have lost their sight due to this disease and could be healed with a relatively simple operation costing just 30 euros. Eighty per cent of these people live in underprivileged regions of the world.

“The Zumtobel Group is a company which focuses on all things related to light and with this donation it is helping a large number of people to combat blindness and enabling them to perceive light. We consider this approach of linking the customer survey with a donation to LIGHT FOR THE WORLD to be ideal,” says Peter Pessl, Director of Market Research for the Zumtobel Group.

Every reply helps: customer survey provides gift of sight
Since 2008, the Zumtobel Group has been rewarding customers who take part in telephone or online surveys with a donation of 3 euros to LIGHT FOR THE WORLD for each complete answer, rather than offering give-aways or prize draws. A recent survey generated a sum of over 8,600 euros to fund operations enabling blind people in Africa to regain their sight.

LIGHT FOR THE WORLD Managing Director Rupert Roniger expresses his thanks for the support provided by the Zumtobel Group: “Without sight, people in underprivileged regions of the world are unable to earn a living, go to school or work. Thanks to the Zumtobel Group’s support, we can help 290 people in Africa to live independently. That’s a huge gift.”

30 euros change the world
Worldwide, there are 39 million people who suffer from blindness. The majority of them live in developing countries, with little or no access to eye specialists and rehabilitation. Half of all blind people suffer from cataracts and could be cured by means of a relatively simple, 15-minute operation which would enable them to see again. On average, this operation costs just 30 euros.


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Peter Pessl, the Zumtobel Group’s Market Research Director, presents the company’s donation cheque to Rupert Roniger, Managing Director of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD.
Peter Pessl (left), the Zumtobel Group’s Market Research Director, presents the company’s donation cheque to Rupert Roniger, Managing Director of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD.