FedEx Donates $5
Million And MD-10 Aircraft To Flying Eye Hospital
By Eddy Metcalf
August 4, 2011 - FedEx and ORBIS International, a
leading global organization dedicated to saving sight
worldwide, kicked off a North American Good Will Tour in
Los Angeles with the announcement of a new 5-year,
$5.375 million commitment in the form of cash and
in-kind contributions from FedEx.
addition, FedEx Express will donate an MD-10 cargo
aircraft to ORBIS to be the third-generation Flying Eye
Hospital. After Los Angeles, the Flying Eye Hospital
will also visit Burlington, Vt., Dallas Fort/Worth,
Memphis, Tenn., and Toronto and Ottawa, Canada between
August and November to raise public awareness of the
need to eliminate avoidable blindness.
?FedEx has supported ORBIS for almost three decades, one of our longest-running relationships with a nonprofit,? said James R. Parker, executive vice president, FedEx Express air operations.
taking our work together to the next level by creating the next
generation Flying Eye Hospital, which will significantly improve
the lives of millions of people around the world who otherwise
would have been blind, but now will experience the gift of
Flying Eye Hospital, the world?s only airplane with a fully
functioning state-of-the-art eye hospital on board, will be
built on an MD-10-30 freighter aircraft and will utilize a
modular design concept. It is the first time such modular units
have been designed for an aircraft, and building them presents
an enormous engineering challenge to meet the demanding
technical requirements for both aviation and medical
(Mobile Medical International Corporation) of St. Johnsbury, Vt.
is under contract to design and manufacture the state-of-the-art
modules which will be carried by the MD-10-30 freighter.
Eye Hospital is a unique tool that brings dedicated eye care
professionals from across the world to developing countries to
provide two to three weeks of training and state of the art
surgical demonstrations. ORBIS volunteer doctors impart to local
doctors, nurses, biomedical engineers and technicians the skills
necessary to provide high-quality eye care to their communities
that will prevent and treat avoidable causes of blindness such
as cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Tragically, there are 39 million blind people worldwide; 80% of
cases are preventable and treatable.
Ninety percent of these people live in developing
countries where there is a severe lack of proper medical care.
Since 1982, ORBIS has conducted programs in more than 85
countries, impacting more than 15 million lives.
?Preventable blindness can be avoided through routine, inexpensive medical procedures and eye care education,? said Dr. Barbara DeBuono, president and CEO of ORBIS International. ?Through the support of companies like FedEx and the hundreds of doctors, nurses, technicians, engineers, aviation staff and pilots who have dedicated their considerable time and talents we have been able to save sight for millions of people around the world.?
FedEx has supported ORBIS for 29 years, almost three decades, providing millions of dollars of support in cash and in-kind contributions. This donation builds on a $5.5 million, five year commitment that FedEx made to ORBIS in 2006. In addition, FedEx and its team members donate the unparalleled FedEx Express global network and aviation expertise to help the Flying Eye Hospital fly.
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