This week Hope 103.2’s Dan and Laura hit the ground in Nepal, to help CBM Australia conduct 20,000 “miracles” that will change lives forever.
What kind of miracles? Restoring sight.
The Nepal trip is part of Miracles Day on August 27, CBM’s annual appeal to raise funds for cataract operations that bring the gift of sight to some of the world’s poorest people.
Incredibly, these operations radically change lives, yet they only cost $32 each. That’s why CBM calls them “miracles”. This year, they’re hoping raise enough money for 20,000 such operations.
How Sight-Restoring Miracles Change Live
Most of Dan and Laura’s time with CBM in Nepal will be spent in Biratnagar, 400km south east of the capital Kathmandu. Here they’ll connect with some cataract patients as they prepare for their life-changing operations. They’ll also visit Biratnagar Eye Hospital and watch the operations take place.
Dan said he was looking forward to seeing first-hand how much of a difference CBM is making.
“We’re going to see people in their homes and villages and understand what life is like for them,” he said, “and with the help of an interpreter we’ll hopefully get a good understanding of how difficult it is for a blind person to operate in a village community.
“We’ll also follow 3 or 4 peoples’ journeys of coming to the hospital and being assessed, and we’ll chat to them before the operation and after. We’ll get to film them as they take the eye patches off, and see their reaction.
“Some people who are blind spend all day at home or in bed, because they can’t do anything. There’s going to be some people that will have sight for the very first time. We want to explore just how much that changes their life, and their family’s life. That’ll be the best part.”
Why Spend Valuable Money On Flights To Nepal?
For those wondering why CBM is paying for Dan and Laura’s flights to Nepal, when the money could go to the poor, the answer is simple.
“Every radio station that has sent their presenters overseas to see these operations take place, has been able to double or triple the amount of miracles they’ve had, than if they’re just at home talking about CBM’s work,” said Miracles Day co-ordinator, Linda Bailey.
“Dan and Laura are our mouthpiece on the day, and giving them the firsthand experience of seeing a cataract operation take place, has so much more power than us just telling them about it. By spending a little bit of money flying them over, we’re able to raise so much more money and help so many more people.”
Getting To The Top Of Everest – And Other Nepalese Antics
As well as seeing lives changed forever, Dan and Laura will also spend time taking in the sights and sounds of Nepal in some very unique ways.
Their most ambitious task will be getting Dan to the top of Mount Everest. It’s payback for Dan’s attempt to marry Laura off on live radio. It’s an audacious goal, but Dan says he has prepared and is feeling confident.
He’ll also participate in some unique Nepali-style races, and will join Laura in trying out a few local customs.
The Ripple Effect Of A Simple 12-Minute Operation
Cataracts are a condition where the eye’s lens becomes clouded over. They are the world’s leading cause of blindness, affecting over 20 million people worldwide.
The good news is that up to 80% of blindness is preventable or treatable. The operation CBM gives its patients to remove the cataracts only takes 12 minutes. The surgery can enable children to go to school for the first time, and can free their families from the task of fulltime caring, thus release them from poverty.
Hope 103.2 is one of 24 stations across Australia partnering with CBM on Miracles Day, which last year provided 18,500 miracles for people suffering blindness.
Miracles Day was a concept started by CBM Australia and has been so successful that CBM’s New Zealand and Canadian branches are following suit.
How To Donate A ‘Miracle’
To donate a life-changing miracle of $32 or more, go to the CBM Miracles Day Donation Page.