Eyesight to the Blind: FedEx Donates for Flying Eye Hospital

FedEx "Friends and Family Day" featured pulling of 430,000-pound plane to benefit Orbis International

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: August 8, 2011

Eyesight to the Blind: FedEx Donates for Flying Eye Hospital

On Saturday, August 6th, FedEx donated more than $5 million and a new MD-10 jetliner frame that that will serve as a new "Flying Eye Hospital" operated by Orbis International, a humanitarian organization dedicated to the prevention of blindness worldwide.

The announcement was made at the FedEx Hangar at Los Angeles International Airport, where FedEx employees also raised funds for Orbis International by competing in a plane pull of the Flying Eye Hospital airplane, which weighed approximately 430,000 lbs.

The new MD-10 jetliner will serve as the third Flying Eye Hospital operated by Orbis International and will bring dedicated eye care professionals from across the world to developing countries to provide training and state of the art surgical demonstrations that give local doctors, nurses, biomedical engineers and technicians the skills necessary to provide high quality eye care to their communities.

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