Giving Thanks to All of SEE’s Supporters

November 2016 | SEE News

By Randal Avolio

President / CEO

Note: for those of you who are already on SEE’s email list, you may have already seen this letter. I would like to extend my thanks to every one of you who has supported our mission this year.

Dear Friends,

As Thanksgiving approaches, I am struck by how many people and groups to whom SEE International holds a debt of gratitude this year. SEE is a small organization, but we manage to produce astonishing results that positively transform the lives of thousands of people worldwide. With our tiny staff of only 16 full-time employees, we will have restored sight to more than 16,500 men, women, and children by the end of this year. But we could not have met with such success without the generous and energetic cooperation of so many donors, supporters, and friends of SEE.

Thanks To Our Doctors & Donors

First and foremost, I’d like to express my gratitude towards our dedicated volunteer doctors, and their medical teams. They travel all around the world on SEE programs, sacrificing their time, money, and energy, to restore sight to those most in need. I am likewise grateful to our in-country ophthalmic partners, who are committed to ending avoidable blindness in their own countries.

Our sight-restoring programs would not be possible without donations of money, supplies, and ophthalmic technology. The generosity of our individual, foundation, corporate, and medical supply donors is the lifeblood of our organization. It is essential for us to continue our humanitarian work. Thanks to them, SEE can continue to supply and coordinate its sight-restoring clinics worldwide.

Furthermore, I would like to thank all of you who spread awareness of our organization, and the good work our volunteer doctors do. Raising awareness of the worldwide blindness epidemic is a key factor to beating it. If everybody on Earth knew how easily they can prevent or treat most sight-impairing conditions, there is no doubt in my mind that humankind could free itself from preventable blindness in a few years’ time.

Thanks To Our Non-Medical Volunteers

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our hard-working board members, warehouse volunteers, interns, and staff. It is an honor and a privilege to work with each and every one of you. Your commitment to bringing vision care to everyone continues to inspire me. We give thanks to you for making 2016 a great year for SEE; I can’t wait to see what amazing things we accomplish next year.

Once again, thank you all for making 2016 a transformative year for everyone we serve. All of you play a key role in ensuring the success of our mission. With your cooperation and support, we will make 2017 an even more dynamic year for expanding vision care access to everyone who needs it.

I hope you all have a warm, joyous Thanksgiving, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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