HRH The Countess of Wessex helps launch See My Future appeal

March 2019

Yesterday evening, on Thursday 28th March, HRH The Countess of Wessex joined us to mark the launch of our See My Future appeal, which will see the UK government double all public donations made before 23rd June.

In many parts of the world, avoidable sight loss means children are dropping out of school, either because of issues with their own eye health or because they are caring for an adult with sight-loss. Through our See My Future appeal, we are aiming to raise £850,000 in order to help ensure these children and their families get the treatment they need - enabling them to attend school and face a brighter future.

Until 23 June the UK government will match every pound raised through public donations, up to £2 million, which will help save the sight of thousands of children and adults around the world. All of the money matched by the UK government will go directly towards expanding our project in Nepal which screens and treats children with sight loss. All individual donations will support our vital sight-saving work across the world, wherever it is needed most.

The Countess of Wessex, who is a global ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, is a longstanding supporter of Orbis. She has seen our work first hand, visiting Orbis’s Flying Eye Hospital programmes in Kolkata in 2013 and Bangladesh in 2017, observing everything from cataract correction to a complex prosthetic surgery on a man who had not been able to see for fourteen years.

Access to proper eye care can be life changing for a Nepalese schoolchild. Unchecked visual impairments can lead to blindness, meaning the child is forced to leave school, and potentially faces a lifetime of unemployment and poverty.​ By giving them basic eye-care, the UK Aid-backed See My Future appeal will help give a future to more than 300,000 children across Nepal.

Penny Mordaunt

International Development Secretary

HRH The Countess of Wessex at the See My Future launch. Photo: Ben Stevens

With a simple eye exam and a pair of glasses, a child’s life can be transformed. Clear sight opens up a future of possibilities... and with the UK government’s Aid Match scheme, our See My Future appeal really will have twice the impact. Just £5.50 doubled to £11 could provide two new pairs of glasses for children struggling to see in school.

Rebecca Cronin

Orbis UK CEO

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