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Glaucoma NZ Celebrates 10 Years

On Saturday 22nd September, Glaucoma NZ celebrated 10 years of activities aimed at eliminating blindness from glaucoma with a James Bond themed ‘For Your Eyes Only’ Glam Gala.

Dr Sue Ormonde with the winner of her custom made bike, Dr Philip Polkinghorne.
Michaih Simmons, Luca Villari, Prof. Helen Danesh-Meyer, Frankie Stevens, Nerida and Shane Cortese.
Drs Jennifer Craig and Simon Dean, Prof. Charles McGhee and Jane McGhee, Sue Raynel, Hutokshi Chinoy, Louise Moffatt.
Drs Shuan Dai, Penny McAllum and Misch Neill.
Drs Caroline and Trevor Gray, Kay Thomson, Dr Adam Watson, Tracy Richmond, Dr Tony Morris.
Dr Wayne Birchall and Moira Pagan.
Dale and Dr Brian Kent-Smith and Dr Simon Dean.
Glaucoma NZ Trustees: Dr Michael O’Rourke, A/Prof. Gordon Sanderson, Prof. Helen Danesh-Meyer and Dr Mark Donaldson.
Dancers Shae Mountain and Samantha Gemmell.
Ginny Harwood, A/Prof Gordon Sanderson and Helen Mawn.

Over 170 guests enjoyed an evening of glamour, fine dining and entertainment from MC and singer Frankie Stevens, dancers Shae Mountain and Samantha Gemmell, courtesy of Nerida Cortese, and the St Cuthbert’s College Band ‘Milestone’ who played during the cocktail hour.

Chair of Glaucoma NZ, Prof. Helen Danesh-Meyer spoke on the progress made by the organisation over the past 10 years. She paid tribute to all those who have contributed to GNZ’s success and have helped build awareness of glaucoma in the community. She concluded by saying: “There is no doubt that James Bond was focussed on vision: From titles like ‘For Your Eyes Only’ to ‘A View to a Kill’ but perhaps the goal of GNZ is most aligned with ‘Golden Eye’. After all we want New Zealanders to have great eyesight well into their Golden Years”.

Professor Charles McGhee gave an entertaining and compelling talk about philanthropy, including his personal experiences, which set the scene for a very successful charity auction. The Glam Gala was a huge success and thanks to the spirited bidding and generosity of guests, over $45,000 was raised from the auction on the night. These vital funds will go towards helping Glaucoma NZ continue with its sight saving nationwide education and awareness activities.

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