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Charity auction raises money to give the gift of sight

SINGAPORE, 5 September 2011 – An impressive SGD 200,000 was raised at a charity dinner and auction held in Singapore this month to aid Seeing is Believing, a global initiative aimed at preventing avoidable blindness.

The event, hosted by Jones Lang LaSalle, raised SGD 100,000, with Standard Chartered Bank matching the donations dollar-for-dollar to double the final tally.

Seeing is Believing is a collaboration between Standard Chartered Bank and the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to eliminate avoidable blindness through increased awareness and medical intervention, helping to bring affordable eye-care to some of the poorest communities across the globe.

On 23 September, Standard Chartered committed to raise USD 100 million by 2020 to build sustainable eye-care services across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, almost trebling its fundraising for the prevention of blindness from 2003 to date. The Bank not only promotes and coordinates fundraising for the programme, but also matches every dollar raised. Since 2003, the Bank has raised USD 37 million globally, leaving a further USD 63 million needed by 2020.

Denis McGowan, Group Head CRES Business Alignment and Asset Management, Standard Chartered Bank said, “Someone in the world goes blind every five seconds and every minute, a child goes blind. But 80% of blindness can be prevented or treated. At Standard Chartered, we believe we have a role as an international bank, to use our skills and experience to help address some of the issues which adversely impact social development – helping to tackle avoidable blindness is one of them. We are delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with Jones Lang LaSalle to Create the Right Environment for Success. This is part of our commitment to be Here for good and truly make a difference to individuals and communities worldwide.”

John Forrest, CEO Corporate Solutions for Jones Lang LaSalle in Asia Pacific said, “It is fantastic to see people coming together to raise money for such a worthy cause. With a simple eye operation that can cure blindness costing around USD 30, we have raised enough money to help restore sight to some 5,400 people in one night.”

The event was generously supported through sponsorship and a lively auction. Attendees vied to secure time at private holiday homes in idyllic and diverse destinations such as the south of France, Scotland, Thailand, Australia and the United States. Other auction items included two world-class golfing experiences, a photography shoot, a driving day at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit and an indulgent, three-night escape to a Maldives retreat.

Miss Singapore Universe 2010, Tania Lim, donated her time for the cause, attending the event as a special guest.

Jones Lang LaSalle understands the importance of establishing long-term, solid relationships with our clients, the industry and our people. Click here to view our 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility report, ‘Building Beyond Tomorrow,’ and learn more about our sustainable initiatives that give back to the community, the environment and our industry.

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About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2009 global revenue USD2.5 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 60 countries from 750 locations worldwide, including 180 corporate offices.  The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.6 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with approximately USD40 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our website,

Jones Lang LaSalle has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with over 19,000 employees operating in 77 offices in 13 countries across the region.

Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing is a global initiative to help tackle avoidable blindness, and is a collaboration between Standard Chartered and the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). IAPB is the leading umbrella organisation for non-governmental organisations working in the field of eye care. Together with the World Health Organisation, it launched the ‘Vision 2020 – The Right to Sight’, a global campaign to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. Seeing is Believing is the single largest contributor to the development of Vision 2020 programmes through IAPB.
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