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Safilo group supports the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games


06/02/2009
The Safilo Group, world leader in top-of-the-range and luxury eyewear, is pleased to support the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, which will be held from 7 to 13 February as a global supplier and visible sponsor for the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes® vision program.
The extraordinary World Winter Games event will take place in Boise, Idaho (USA): for a week, the town will host over 2,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from more than 100 nations to compete in many different sports: alpine skiing, cross-country, figure skating, floor hockey, snowboarding and more.
The Safilo Group, which since 2003 Safilo renews its support to this important project, furnishes optical frames and sunglasses to the participants in the sports competitions promoted by the Special Olympics worldwide, within the “Opening Eyes” vision screening program.
As part of Special Olympics’ Healthy Athletes® public health initiative, Opening Eyes is the largest program in the world dedicated to providing vision care for the global population of people with intellectual disabilities. Opening Eyes and the Healthy Athletes program have been operating for more than 10-years for proving critical health services for Special Olympics athletes worldwide.
Thanks to Safilo’s involvement in 2008 more than 16,000 Special Olympics athletes received optical and technical frames, while more than 12,000 athletes received sunglasses to protect their eyes.
“We are very enthusiastic about supporting such an important project for such a long time” – says Samantha Tabacchi, Safilo’s Corporate Communication and Identity Director. – “In these years with Special Olympics we organized many activities that, thanks to Safilo’s generosity and worldwide networking, allowed us to provide direct support in helping thousands of people with intellectual disabilities worldwide improve their sight. Safilo’s commitment to the integration and welfare of the intellectually disabled does not stop with an annual donation of glasses, rather it involves a number of employes in volunteer work at Special Olympics events worldwide.”

Last update: 07/09/2009, 14:47


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