Orbis is an international eye health charity bringing people together to fight avoidable blindness. Globally 1.1 billion people experience vision loss and 90% of it is preventable. Most of these people live in low- to middle-income countries where Orbis works. With their network of partners Orbis mentor, train and inspire local teams to save sight in their own communities.
The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is an integral part of their work. Unlike any other aircraft in service, the Flying Eye Hospital is a state-of-the-art teaching hospital, complete with operating room, classroom and recovery room. The first Flying Eye Hospital took flight in 1982 and the current MD 10 aircraft is Orbis’s third generation airplane which, since its launch in 2016, has helped to save the sight of thousands of people around the world.
How STG Aerospace support
Working closely with Orbis, we gifted our saf-Tglo® floor path marking system, in the seating area of the Flying Eye Hospital’s cabin. This not only provided Orbis with the mandatary emergency exit system, but also gave them a long-lasting, low-maintenance solution.
This year, are team are busy fundraising for Orbis. As part of this initiative, we are running bake sales and hosting a virtual Zoom party event. Plus this will be the second year running where we will donate funds to Orbis for the equivalent of a pair of glasses for each STG employee, to celebrate World Sight Day in October.
At AIX Virtual
Orbis is the charity partner for the Aircraft Interiors Expo virtual event from 14-16 September. We are exhibiting at this event to showcase our lighting solutions. To raise awareness and funds for Orbis during this virtual event, we are pledging £5 for each of our virtual meeting invites that are accepted. That’s the cost of a pair of glasses.
Martin Gaffney, Commercial Director, STG Aerospace, said:
“Our business is fundamentally about light and flying, so a charity that is using the power of aviation to prevent sight loss in some of the poorest countries in the world was an obvious choice. The Orbis team were kind enough to give us a virtual tour of their Flying Eye Hospital last year. We all found it so interesting and informative. The fight against avoidable blindness is such an important one, the more we learned about the fantastic work Orbis UK is doing, the more we felt compelled to support them.”