You can help us reach our mil­lion tar­get

Cynon Valley - - YOUR VIEWS -

i Am writ­ing to let your read­ers know about sight­savers “A mil­lion mir­a­cle’s” fundrais­ing cam­paign that i am sup­port­ing.

The cam­paign aims to fund one mil­lion cataract op­er­a­tions that will re­store, save and pro­tect peo­ple’s sight in some of the poor­est parts of the world.

i was lucky enough to visit mad­hya Pradesh, in­dia, in July, with the sight­savers team and see how the cam­paign and its fund­ing is be­ing put into ac­tion. i saw adults and chil­dren be­ing as­sessed in health clin­ics, hav­ing cataract surgery and at home fol­low­ing treat­ment. it was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to see lives be­ing re­stored with such sim­ple treat­ment which comes at such a low cost.

i am ask­ing donors and mem­bers of the pub­lic to do­nate to the sight­savers cataract work and help reach the fi­nal mir­a­cle. £30 can en­able an adult to have a cataract op­er­a­tion and change their life com­pletely.

money raised from this ap­peal will be matched by the UK govern­ment, pound for pound, un­til Jan­uary 9, 2018, so your gift will go even fur­ther this Christ­mas. The matched fund­ing will go to­wards sight­savers’ projects in Pak­istan and Bangladesh.

Visit https://do­nate.sight­savers.org/smx­pa­tron/uk/do­nate.html to do­nate and sup­port the work of sight­savers. Ms Me­lanie Sykes Am­bas­sador, Sight­savers

Me­lanie Sykes in In­dia as part of her am­bas­sado­rial role for Sight­savers

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