Burnham-On-Sea optician family's head shave raises £1,000
Burnham-On-Sea optician was joined by his entire family as they
all had either their heads shaved or hair cut on Friday (22nd September)
as part of a fundraising event.
to mark National Eye Health Week, it also raised more than £1,000
for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).
director and optometrist, Rama Venkat had his whole head shaved,
while Ramas wife Sai, practice manager, and their daughter
Thrinayani, who used to work at the store, also showed their support
by having at least seven inches of hair cut off.
hair was donated to the Little Princess Trust who make real hair
wigs for children suffering from cancer and other illnesses.
it a complete family affair, Rama and Sais 13-year-old son
Thrilokesh, had RNIB shaved into the side of his head!
of the Dog barbers and Bos Hair and Color Bar hairdresser kindly
came along to the store to make the chop in front of the audience
which included customers, staff and RNIB representatives.
guest Sooty, the RNIBs long-time mascot, also put in an appearance
on the day.
were able to take part in a tombola, with the chance to win prizes
which were donated by several businesses in the town.
along with a guess the number of contact lenses in the jar
competition and a guess where Im from competition
to win a cuddly lion, will be running until the end of the month
for customers to have a go.
been fundraising for RNIB for quite a few months now but to surpass
our original target of £500 and to have raised more than £1,000,
is just fantastic," Rama told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
behalf of everyone, Id like to say a huge thank you for the
donations and I know the RNIB will be very grateful to receive the
wanted to do something as part of National Eye Health Week to help
raise awareness of the work that the charity does, as well as highlighting
the importance of looking after your eyes and making sure people
have regular sight tests. Its been a really fun day in store
and the whole team has enjoyed getting involved. To have Sooty here
as well has been great."
if you think theres nothing wrong with your vision, a sight
test is an important health check and can pick up a variety of conditions,
including glaucoma and diabetes, so Id encourage people to
make sure they are visiting an optician every two years," he
State Of The Nation Eye Health 2017: A Year in Review report, launched
ahead of National Eye Health Week, is an annual benchmark of Britains
eye health by RNIB and Specsavers, who joined forces in 2016 to
raise awareness of the importance of eye health at every level to
help prevent avoidable sight loss.
a YouGov survey commissioned for the report suggests 1.1 million
more people took action to improve their eye health by visiting
an optician since the campaign launched last September, there is
much still to be done.
can still sponsor Rama, Sai, Thrinayani and Thrilokesh, by visiting
their sponsorship page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rama-venkat
or by popping into the store.