Vision for a Nation Chief Executive Wins Top Charity Award

London, 20 September 2016: Vision for a Nation (VFAN) is proud to announce that its CEO, Tom Rosewall, has won top prize in the “Rising Chief Executive” category at the 2016 Third Sector Excellence awards ceremony. The prize is awarded to the chief executive who has made “outstanding contributions to his or her organisation, or the wider sector, during their first two years in post”. Now in their 12th year, Britain’s Third Sector Excellence Awards recognise those who give back to the community and celebrate organisations and social leaders from across the sector.

Tom’s achievement of this significant award was based upon his galvanising leadership role in building the measurable success of VFAN’s ground-breaking nationwide primary eye care programme in support of the Government of Rwanda that now provides local and affordable eye care to 100% of the nation’s 10.5 million people.

This award follows an earlier 2016 Top Prize Award to Vision for a Nation in the category of “International Aid and Development” by Britain’s Charity Awards, organised by Civil Society Media. Vision for a Nation has also been a “finalist” for three other British awards in 2016.

John G. Rhodes, Chairman of VFAN’s Board of Trustees, comments: “We are delighted that Tom’s tremendous contribution to the work of VFAN has been recognised through this prestigious award. Tom has brought a unique mix of organisational ability, insight and above all energy to his role as our CEO. He has built bridges where none existed before both within Rwanda and internationally. He has helped to inspire both our own staff and those in other agencies and government posts with the real “vision” in our name – of a world where access to eye care is a reality for everyone.”

Tom Rosewall, VFAN’s CEO, comments: “I am extremely honoured. However, it is really a tribute to the vision and financial generosity of our founder, our other major funders and Trustees, Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, and our teams in Africa and Britain who work so tirelessly and effectively in providing unprecedented support in reaching an entire nation of people. With VFAN’s assistance, Rwanda has become the first emerging nation in the world to provide 100% of its people with local access to affordable eye care. Globally, 2.5 billion people have no such access to eye care. Our experience in Rwanda proves that giving everyone the ability to see clearly – enabling them to learn and hold a job – can be quickly and cost effectively accomplished. Perhaps Rwanda provides a model for other nations around the world to follow and represents a significant step forward in a worthy mission to bring “the ability to see” to billions that currently lack access to affordable, local care.”

Tom Rosewall
TSA Award