I’m running the marathon together with two colleagues, Melissa and Jeanette, to raise money for Seeing is Believing, a programme which has been focused on eliminating avoidable blindness for over a decade.
To date, Seeing is Believing has reached 45 million people in some of the world’s poorest communities by giving them access to eye-care services, funding projects to prevent blindness and restore vision. 80% of the world’s blindness is avoidable and some of the most cost effective health interventions can be found in eye-care. Incredibly, a person’s sight can be restored for as little as $30US.
More than 90% of blind people live in the developing world. The issue of sight loss goes beyond health – it affects the livelihoods of individuals and the economic well-being of communities. For many, going blind can mean the end of education, employment, and independence.
It’s something I have personal experience of, too. I had cataract myself, and lost the sight in one eye to it. It’s sobering to think that had I not been fortunate enough to have access to the amazing people at Moorfields Eye Hospital (where I spent a lot of my childhood), my life would have turned out rather differently. In developing countries 60% of children who go blind die within two years.
The thought of doing something to help others have access to the treatment I had myself is helping to keep me focused as I pound the pavements. I know we all gets asked to sponsor people all the time, but if you can spare some money I would hugely appreciate it.
Every pound you donate will be matched by Standard Chartered, so your donation will go even further. Every quid you give will be bumped up to a whopping £2.25 with matching and Gift Aid. That means our £1200 target will raise £2700 for avoidable blindness – that’s enough to restore the sight of over 100 people.
Every donation will help motivate me, Melissa, and Jeanette to get around the 26.2 miles (41.2km)!