The UK government’s Aid Match Scheme is once again to double the donations made by the UK public to international development charity Sightsavers’ pre-Christmas appeal.
All donations made by the UK public in support of Sightsavers’ work to prevent avoidable blindness in developing countries will be matched pound for pound by the UK government for the three month period from 15 September to 15 December 2015.
The funding from the UK government will enable Sightsavers to deliver over 12 million treatments for river blindness (onchocerciasis) and 11 million treatments to prevent elephantiasis (lymphatic filariasis) over the next three years.
Caroline Harper, CEO of Sightsavers, said that the UK government’s support in match funding the public’s donations would ensure millions of people in Africa could live healthier and more productive lives.
This year’s fundraising campaign would be promoted by partners including eBay for Charity, Optical Express, Paperchase and River Island.
Last year the charity benefited from the Aid Match scheme.
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