My house is decorated in photos, my shelves are littered with albums. My eyes are permanently flooded with images of my beautiful, busy children.
I couldn’t imagine a world where I couldn’t see my children.
Where a cataract would stop me witnessing their first step, would mean I couldn’t catch them when they fall. Not see their wedding, see my grandchildren, see their lives.
However, many parents, grandparents who live in the poorer part of our world face this problem. Cataracts ( a condition that is simply corrected by a 5 minute £30 operation) are stopping sight and creating terrible results.
Let me introduce you to Mr Winesi. He has bilateral cataracts and lost his sight completely two years ago. He has a grandson, Luca, that he has never seen. He can’t work and as main provider this means that soon the family food stores will run out and something as easily rememded as a cataract could cause total devastation.
Why am I telling you this?
I want to help raise awareness of the Sightsavers appeal – Million Miracles. Sightsavers want to raise £30million to deliver cataract operations to countries afflicted the most.
On October 8th at 1.30 UK time, you can watch, life from Malawi as Mr Winesi has a 5 minute operation. Then on the 9th of October at 1.30 UK time you can watch as the bandages are removed and Mr Winesi gets to see his grandson for the first time.
I am pretty much sobbing in anticipation.
Please do dedicate a few moments of your life and your sight to watch Mr Winesi see again.
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What Can You Do To Help?
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