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HRH The Countess of Wessex helps launch See My Future appeal

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.

Penny Mordaunt

International Development Secretary

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.

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

Rebecca Cronin

Orbis UK CEO

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.

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Three girls at school in Nepal - See My Future appeal

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