About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Global eye care campaign offers $250k seed funding for best ideas Tagged with: Funding Main image: hazel eye close-up by Evantravels on Shutterstock.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Global campaign ‘Clearly’ is designed to find and develop “revolutionary approaches to eye care for the people who need it most”. It is offering $250,000 in seed funding and mentoring to help develop the best ideas.The campaign is the work of James Chen, a Hong Kong-based philanthropist and investor who is on a mission to address the problem of poor vision “that the world appears to have forgotten about”. He says that there are 2.5 billion people around the world suffering from poor vision and with no means of improving it.The Clearly campaign brings together innovators, scientists, technology firms and big business, with investors, governments and NGOs to solve this problem “and help the world to see”.Three-part campaignThe year-long campaign has three strands:An ideas competition for entrepreneurs, which asks technologists, supply chain experts, data scientists and forward thinkers tocome up with innovative solutions. The prize offers $250,000 of seed funding and mentoring to get the best ideas off the ground.A series of ‘Clearly Labs’ challenges for individuals to help find the answers. Innovators will come together for one day events in India, China, Silicon Valley and elsewhere, meeting with health leaders and optometrists, applying their expertise and ideas to help find new thinking, new ideas and new solutions.A global event with a small group of the world’s best and most creative brainpower in one place to develop the big ideaThe campaign has attracted support from Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health, Rwanda; Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO of eyewear brand Warby Parker, and former director of charity, VisionSpring; Brian Doolan, CEO of The Fred Hollows Foundation; and Sir David Tang, entrepreneur and founder of Shanghai Tang; and others.James ChenCampaign founder James Chen said: Advertisement 64 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 63 total views, 3 views today “Good vision empowers and transforms lives on every level. In the digital era, the world has the ideas and the technology to crack this challenge and transform access to sight around the world. Through Clearly, I hope to inspire creative minds and unlock innovative solutions to solve this global problem, accelerating a revolution in eye care and helping the world to see.”Chen is the founder of Adlens, a global enterprise leading the development and sale of adjustable focus eyewear, and the founder of Vision for a Nation Foundation, a UK charity that supports emerging nations to provide nationwide primary eye care and affordable glasses to all their citizens. Howard Lake | 6 April 2016 | News
A judge has denied Oxford University’s request for an exclusion zone to keep animal rights protesters away from the Sheldonian Theatre during graduation ceremonies.A ban on protests against the University’s new animal testing laboratory was requested on grounds that the protesters’ shouts would ruin the “peace and quiet” of the ceremonies.Mr Justice Treacy of the High Court in London ruled against the University’s appeal on the grounds of lacking evidence to prove the protesters’ threat to students during the Sheldonian proceedings.Instead, the judge granted an additional 100 meters to the exclusion zone around the nearly completed laboratory in South Parks Road, so that students, faculty, and researchers will not be disturbed. The extension was issued on the grounds that only construction workers of the lab were being given protection, and not students and faculty. There have been previous incidents of violent attacks against the University’s students and staff. Extremist activists have threatened and attacked University property, saying that the laboratory will be dismantled “brick by brick.”“There is a high probability that unlawful harassment… will take place as a result from the unrestrained gathering of protesters,” said Justice Treacy.A university spokesman, however, says the institution will not be stirred.“The university remains firmly committed to the completion of a new facility to rehouse animals used in potentially life-saving research. The safety of staff, students and others remain the number one priority.” “As an institution deeply committed to freedom of speech, we respect the right to protest and to make views heard within the law. However, we will protect our staff and students – and those working with us – from harassment and intimidation while going about their lawful business,” the spokesman added.
Every August for the past 40 years, thousands of senior citizens from throughout Cambridge converge on Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard for the Cambridge Senior Picnic, hosted by Harvard University and the city’s mayor.This year, beneath a cloudless blue sky, they came once again with smiles and laughs to be treated to a fun-filled day of food, entertainment, dancing, and socializing. This picnic is one of many ways Harvard welcomes its neighbors to campus for activities, events, and programs.“This is the finest city in the country,” bellowed Mayor David Maher, to a round of cheers. “Thank you to Harvard for all your hard work putting this event together, and for keeping this event up and running for the past years.”“Harvard is made better every single day because of the strong and vibrant relationship that we have with our neighbors. Thank you all for being here today, and thank you to Mayor Maher and the entire city of Cambridge for your continued partnership,” said Paul Andrew, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs and Communications.Cambridge resident Elaine Fisher has been coming to the picnic for 16 years because “I really enjoy the food, the gifts, the whole atmosphere, especially meeting up with my friends.”Louisette Musow, also of Cambridge, said, “I’ve been looking forward to the picnic all year. I typically come with my friends from the Central Square Senior Center, but today I lost them along the way. These nice ladies,” she said, gesturing to the women gathered at the table around her, “let me join up with them, and they all made me feel so comfortable. I love meeting new friends. Everyone here is so nice. It’s a really, really great day.”As a band began to play, 101-year-old Benedict Fitzgerald was clearly in his element. “I’ve been coming to the picnic — oh, I don’t know, for at least 70 years or so,” he joked, before heading off dancing down the center aisle.Other seniors took to the stage and danced with some of the dozens of student volunteers from the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program who were on hand to help.“Please come back and visit us,” Andrew urged. “Come and take advantage of the many programs that Harvard has to offer, such as the newly re-opened Harvard Art Museums, where, you’ll remember, Cambridge residents always get in for free!”Also on hand were Cambridge City Councilors Leland Chung, Marc McGovern, Nadeem Mazen, Dennis Benzan, and Denise Simmons.