Wednesday the 19th of October 2011 saw the adding of a wonderful new chapter to the Standard Chartered Bank Scope International and Sankara Nethralaya’s ongoing partnership against blindness. The well-known ITES provider added a new feather to its Corporate Social Responsibility cap with the inclusion of a mobile eye care unit to its joint efforts with Sankara Nethralaya in fighting visual impairment. The mobile eye care bus would reach out to the poor and needy patients especially in the interior villages. In a simple but touching ceremony at the Scope International premises attended by senior officials representing both partners, a MoU was signed between Mr. Edwin CEO, Standard Chartered Scope International and Dr S.Bhaskaran, Chairman Sankara Nethralaya to jointly run the outdoor eye care unit.
Speakers from Scope International emphasized that it was not just a matter of making a monetary contribution but their emotional involvement in Sankara Nethralaya’s endavour in preventing blindness and the sheer joy of seeing a visually impaired patient see the world all over again that acted as a motivating factor for their involvement. Dr SS Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya expressed his profuse thanks to Standard Chartered Scope International for their continued support of Sankara Nethralaya’s cause and for the launching of the mobile eye care unit. He expressed his high appreciation to the volunteers of Scope International who had offered to dedicate their time and effort to Sankara Nethralaya’s battle against blindness and his desire to meet them in person and brief them on Sankara Nethralaya’s philosophy and goals and guide them in channelizing their energy and efforts in this direction in the best possible manner.
The function ended with a poignant skit by the staff members of Scope International underlining the need to support the visually impaired.