FedEx and Orbis: Fighting Blindness Side-by-Side for More Than 30 Years


As the Director of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, Maurice Geary is responsible for the smooth running of every Flying Eye Hospital project, working closely with all members of the team from the flight mechanics to the staff nurses. Maurice ensures that local eye care professionals get the training they deserve, with state-of-the-art equipment, like laser and simulation.

FedEx Donates $3.5 Million to Orbis in Support of Sight-saving 'Flying Eye Hospital'

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., October 8, 2021 /3BL Media/ - FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced today its renewed commitment to Orbis International’s sight-saving mission with a US$3.5 million donation to help provide financial, logistics and operational support to the organization and its Flying Eye Hospital over the next five years.

This Couple Met on a FedEx Plane and Now Flies on Lifesaving Missions Together

By Katie Kindelan

Love blossomed for Peter and Cheryl Pitzer at the controls of a FedEx charter plane.

The now-married pilots met in 1999 when Peter, 55, was a flight engineer and Cheryl, 52, was a first officer for FedEx.

After training together, the couple fell in love, managed their busy international flight schedules together for more than a decade, and finally married in 2011.

On #GivingTuesday Give the Gift of Sight


This #GivingTuesday Orbis encourages supporters to give the gift of sight by participating in our matching challenge. One of our generous donors has agreed to match all #GivingTuesday donations up to $25,000. Funds will support our vision restoring work in places like Bangladesh, where four-year-old Halima had two cataracts removed by an Orbis-trained surgeon.

How Orbis is Bringing the World Together to Fight Blindness


Imagine the world around you in darkness. For millions of people this darkness is a reality. Blindness takes away so much more than vision. It can impede your ability to gain an education. It can prevent you from finding employment. It can lead you and your family into a life of poverty.

Currently 285 million people around the world are visually impaired. Of that number, 246 million have low vision and 39 million are blind. 

Visual Impairment = Low Vision + Blindness

Corporate Social Responsibility is Key to Successful Business

by Raj Subramaniam

Many of us take for granted the little things we can accomplish every day because we have the ability to see what is in front of us.  Literally--we have eyesight.  We move quickly and easily thanks to our vision. 

FedEx Helps Deliver Sight With the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital

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This three-minute video won the Boston College 2012 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival. It tells the story of the humanitarian assistance FedEx supports through our work with ORBIS International, a global blindness prevention and treatment agency. The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital is the world's only airborne eye training and surgical center. FedEx provides maintenance support for the plane, volunteer pilots and program support volunteers. We also deliver medical supplies, at no charge, to ORBIS clinics around the world.


Fed Ex Supports ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital; Recyclebank Named "One of World's Most Innovative Companies" by Fast Company - CSR Minute for February 27, 2012

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Fed Ex is sponsoring ORBIS’s Flying Eye Hospital, the world’s only ophthalmic surgical and training hospital in an airplane, on its current trip to the Philippines. ORBIS will conduct a three week skills exchange program to increase the surgical abilities of local eye care providers in the Western Visayas Region.

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