Ambassador to the Victoria Cohen Eye Cancer Charitable Trust - (Region)

The charity was established in 2021 following the death of Victoria Cohen, an internationally renowned eye cancer specialist. Vicky was Director of the Ocular Oncology Service at Moorfields Eye Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, President of the International Society of Ocular Oncologists (ISOO), and a leading member of the Ocular Oncology Group (OOG).

There are not enough eye cancer specialists in the world. Training to become an ocular oncologist takes many years, not all those with the ambition or ability have the means to fund themselves through their training. The purpose of the Victoria Cohen Eye Cancer Charitable Trust is to provide financial assistance to those in need of support through their education to become an eye surgeon.

Currently the VCECCT provides one scholarship of USD $25,000 per annum. The Trustees hope to increase the frequency or the value, or both, of awards in the future but this is dependent upon the success of the charity and funds raised.

Ambassadors are part of a team

The Victoria Cohen Eye Cancer Charitable Trust is looking to appoint an ambassador to each of the following regions:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australasia (filled)
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America
  • UK

The Ambassador Committee will meet online two or three times per year to share ideas, initiatives, and success. Each Ambassador will provide a brief update on developments from their region.

You will be supported by and have regular contact with the Chair of the VCECCT as and when necessary.

Who can apply?

Ambassadors to the VCECCT have two main responsibilities:

Raising awareness of both eye cancer as a disease and the profile of the charity in their region

Coordinating fundraising efforts on behalf of the charity in their region

There are no set rules as to how Ambassadors should perform these responsibilities. You have the autonomy to use your own initiative to develop connections and grow your network, whether that is with eye-care professionals, medical suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, those affected by eye cancer, or those that just want to support the charity as either individuals or corporations, and the media.

You are not expected to raise funds on your own but should look to build up a network of supporters in your region. As Ambassador, you will coordinate any fundraising activities and be a support to other fundraisers, as required. Fundraising opportunities are limitless and every activity that raises profile and financial support is worthwhile.C

Objectives:

Each region should attempt to generate a minimum of USD $5,000 per annum. If each region is successful in this goal, we will collectively generate enough to fund a Victoria Cohen Scholarship each year.

Ambassadors are expected to do their best to achieve this objective. It is, however, just a target. More would be good; less is not a problem.

Candidates:

Ambassadors are likely to have first-hand experience of eye cancer, either as a patient or as someone who has been closely affected by the disease. You should be passionate about trying to help others affected by eye cancer. You must support the charity’s objective of helping more aspiring ocular oncologists to complete their training.

You should be a good communicator, a team-player, creative, organised, altruistic, and charitable. Above all, you should be passionate about doing something positive for other people with eye cancer.

The Victoria Cohen Eye Cancer Charitable Trust is registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales, with registration number 1194105.

The deadline for applications to be an ambassador is 31st January 2023.