California Lions


Pro bono video raises awareness of free vision screenings and aids volunteer recruitment efforts

SAN DIEGO, CALIF., April 4, 2017 – Carling Communications teamed up with Passage Productions to create a pro bono video for California Lions Friends in Sight to help raise awareness that the organization provides free vision screenings and recycled eyeglasses to underprivileged people in Southern California and Northern Mexico who can’t afford them.

Carling and Passage organized a video shoot at one of California Lions Friends in Sight vision-screening events to capture testimonials and footage of volunteers helping community members who cannot afford vision care. The footage became the basis for an innovative marketing campaign to generate awareness, drive volunteer recruitment, and increase donations for the non-profit organization.

The World Health Organization estimates that 40 million people in the world are blind and of that 80% is treatable or reversible. That translates into 32 million people who are in need of help. "We are excited at the opportunity to give back to the community in this way," said Didi Discar, Carling founder and principal. "As an agency whose focus has always been in the eye care industry, vision screenings and vision care are vital services to which Carling has had a strong commitment for many years."

After viewing the video repeatedly with colleagues, Patrick Dundas of TEAMWORK MARKETING said, "…Not only does it [the video] hit perfectly on the specific goals, but it is beautifully produced and edited. It warms the heart of the viewer whether a potential volunteer, doctor, or donor. The 'moments' are too many to list. Thanks to you [Carling Communications] and Passage Productions for giving so much to this project."

Click here to view the pro bono video produced for California Lions Friends in Sight.

About California Lions Friends in Sight

California Lions Friends in Sight is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Beaumont, California. Their primary goals are to educate the public on vision-related matters, to address the functional forms of blindness by providing free recycled eyeglasses, and to assess and advise patients on ocular health conditions, detected through the vision screenings, that could lead to blindness. More information is available at www.californialionsfriendsinsight.org.

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