Posted on November 02, 2015

Oryx Rotana Hotel hosted for the fourth consecutive year the blindness prevention charity organized by ORBIS UK, during their visit to Doha to mark World Sight Day. Heading the ORBIS delegation was Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, A patron of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), and also the global ambassador for Vision 2020, HRH Princess Sophie’s visit was aimed at raising funds to reduce childhood blindness in Bangladesh. 

The Countess particularly committed to promoting the work and need of organizations that focus on helping and improving opportunities for children and young people with sensory, learning and communications disabilities. During her visit to Oryx Rotana to attend the event, HRH Princess Sophie inaugurated the donations campaign launched by ORBIS and Qatar Charity. The hotel invited visitors as well as staff to contribute generously into the four World Sight Day donation boxes located throughout the premises.

“ORBIS" is a global non-profit development organization whose mission is to reduce the likelihood of loss of vision which can be avoided in developing countries. The focus of the organization is to train local medical teams to provide vision care based on the latest scientific achievements in this specialty. Each year, leading eye care specialists worldwide volunteer with ORBIS Foundation for educating and training other health workers around the world.

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Lana Jwainat, Cluster Director of Marketing and Communications at City Centre Rotana Doha & Oryx Rotana Doha:“ The visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie, Countess of Wessex is a great honor for Oryx Rotana, as well  as hosting the British members of the ORBISC charitable Foundation for the fourth consecutive year. We are pleased to be partners with such international institution and contribute towards this initiative, which is within Rotana’s Corporate Social Responsibility to prevent blindness.”

“Our support for ORBIS charity was not only by hosting their event, but we also worked to be part of their initiative in Doha, by organizing blind folded dinners “from Darkness to Light”. This initiative showcased the importance of the gift of sight and the efforts of the organization to reduce the possibility of vision loss and treatment of those in need, especially in the third world. The dinner was also aimed at both spreading the eye-care message as well as raising awareness for ORBIS,” she added.