To help warm up this cold winter, Ride for Sight Northern Ontario will be hosting its 3rd annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, February 25th from 5 pm to 1 am at the Garden River Community Centre.
The evening kicks off with the Chili competition, 10 contestants will compete to prove that they make the best chili. The winner gets $200 cash, a trophy and their name on the Annual Plaque. Raffles are to follow with some amazing prizes donated by generous local businesses. The night will finish with some drinks and incredible entertainment by Bone Yard!
Tickets are only $20 with all proceeds going to Ride for Sight Northern Ontario in support of The Foundation Fighting Blindness. Scotiabank has been so generous as to match every ticket sold, so please head on over to either Scotiabank location to purchase your ticket.
Over 1 million Canadians are living with blinding retinal eye diseases right now.
Some were born blind. Others have experienced vision loss as teenagers or during adulthood. Many have been forced to sacrifice their independence; leaving life-long careers or forfeiting their driver’s license. More still have been losing sight of their loved ones, as blind spots overtake the clarity of their children’s faces.
And as field of vision fades, so too can hope.
Before long, 7 in 10 Canadians could be affected by retinal eye diseases like retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Stargardt disease, Usher syndrome, Choroideremia, Leber’s congenital amaurosis or others. AMD specifically is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 50.
Now is the time to fight back.
At the Foundation Fighting Blindness, it is our mission to lead the fight against blindness by advancing retinal disease research, education and public awareness, and ultimately restore hope and sight.
With the support of our donors, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has invested $30 million to support vision research across Canada, since 1974. That’s over 200 research grants that have led to over 600 new discoveries in exciting areas of study like: stem cell research, neuroprotective therapies, technological developments, pharmaceuticals and gene therapies. All research supports our goal of understanding why vision loss occurs, how it can be slowed or stopped, and how sight can be restored.
We are also a community. Diverse and thriving, we represent hundreds of volunteers, thousands of individuals and families affected by retinal eye diseases and scores of Canadian scientists seeking cures for blindness.