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5 February 2015

OMEGA screens Orbis International documentary at The New-York Historical Society


Prestige Swiss watchmaker OMEGA hosted an event at the New York Historical Society on Thursday to celebrate the premiere of The Hospital in the Sky, a documentary about Orbis International's Flying Eye Hospital.

The film's narrator, long-time OMEGA brand ambassador Cindy Crawford, attended the event alongside her family and OMEGA president Stephen Urquhart and Jenny Hourihan, CEO of Orbis International. “This is an unbelievable film,” said Urquhart immediately following the screening. “It’s an honour to be involved with it. Eyesight is so important and for the people that work at OMEGA, working with an organization like Orbis gives us motivation. We feel involved in what Orbis is doing.”

Orbis International is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high-quality eye care and treating avoidable blindness around the globe. It also trains local health care professionals in some of the world’s remotest regions. Hourihan remarked, “We leave people able to provide care to their communities and change their lives. Anyone who sees this film can see the power of what we do.”

Orbis's Flying Eye Hospital, a specially-converted jumbo jet, is a fully-equipped mobile ophthalmic hospital and teaching facility.

The Hospital In the Sky is a 48-minute joint production between OMEGA and Orbis. It documents long-time OMEGA Ambassador Cindy Crawford and her daughter Kaia’s day aboard the Flying Eye Hospital in Trujillo, Peru.  “I have had so many opportunities to do great things, but this trip was really special,” Crawford observed. “To share an experience like this with my daughter and to see first-hand the work that the doctors are doing was incredible.”

It was the second film co-produced by OMEGA and Orbis International. The first, Through Their Eyes, featured Daniel Craig who visited the Flying Eye Hospital when it was in Mongolia.

The screening of the film was followed by a cocktail reception and exhibition of photographs documenting the trip by photographer Alex Majoli. DJ Hannah Bronfman provided the music at the reception.

More information about orbis here.


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