BOQ Ipswich goes crazy for Shades Day


What do love hearts, aliens, cappuccinos and pineapples have in common?  They are just some of the ‘Crazy Shades’ being sported by the team at BOQ Ipswich for the Royal Blind Foundation’s Shades Day!


Coming up next Thursday, 12 October, Shades Day raises funds to help the Royal Blind Foundation continue its specialist support services for blind and vision impaired people throughout Queensland.


‘Crazy Shades’ are on sale for $5 each, and can be picked up at participating BOQ branches, including Ipswich.


Manager of BOQ Ipswich, Peter Hyett, said he and his team were more than happy to get behind Shades Day as it was such a good cause, while also being a lot of fun.
“Shades Day is such a great way to educate people about the importance of wearing sunglasses and reducing the risk of eye damage from the sun.


“And on top of that, it’s going to be a lot of fun to wear these mad sunnies around the office.  We’re all looking forward to seeing the look on our customers’ faces when they come in to the branch on the 12th!”


According to the Royal Blind Foundation, around 80,000 Queenslanders are blind or vision impaired.  Over 50% of vision impairment is preventable and of this figure, a significant percentage could be avoided by wearing UV protection sunglasses.


Royal Blind Foundation CEO, Mr Alexander Gilliland, said that wearing the correct sunglasses now could save your sight in future years.


“UV damage to the eye begins as early as childhood and it is the cumulative damage from not protecting your eyes from UV radiation that can result in vision loss,” he said.