The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
A new charitable Trust was created to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee
The Queen asked that if any individuals or organisations wished to give a Jubilee gift to Her Majesty, they might instead consider making a donation to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.
About the Trust
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust was established to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s unrivalled 60 year contribution to the Commonwealth. The Trust gives governments and citizens across the Commonwealth the opportunity to create a lasting tribute to Her Majesty The Queen.
The Trust is joining the global movement to end avoidable blindness by 2020 (Vision:2020)
Globally, an estimated 285 million people are visually impaired, including 39 million who are blind. Yet over 80% of all visual impairment is avoidable. Ninety per cent of the world’s visually impaired people live in developing countries where eye health services are hugely inadequate.
The Trust can play a catalytic role in energising the global action plan to end preventable blindness (Vision 2020: the Right to Sight) and eliminate trachoma (GET2020 - the Alliance for the Global Elimination of Blinding Trachoma by 2020). Since Vision 2020 began in 1999, the sight of 20 million people has been saved from blinding diseases. However on a daily basis people across the Commonwealth lose their sight as these initiatives remain underfunded and Governments fail to prioritise eye health.
By investing in preventing blindness, millions of people across the poorest Commonwealth countries will not only keep their sight or have it restored, but enjoy increased prosperity and a better quality of life.
Trust investment will be focus on combatting three blinding diseases that affect people across the Commonwealth, Trachoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinopathy of Prematurity.
Investing in Young People across the Commonwealth
Young people make up more than half of the Commonwealth’s population – closer to three quarters in many developing countries. Investing in young people’s potential is critical to addressing the challenges of the 21st century. Young people are often overlooked or marginalised and their energy, skills and enthusiasm are not harnessed for national and global development.
Over the next year the Trust will work with experts from around the Commonwealth to develop a programme that can maximise the potential of young people. We will provide the investment required to build and share skills, knowledge and experience, giving young people the opportunity to shape their own future, and that of their communities and the Commonwealth as a whole
More details about the Trust, including a way to contribute, can be found at the Trust’s website: www.jubileetribute.org