Restoring sight to the world’s poorest people for Miracles Day – Hope 103.2

Restoring sight to the world’s poorest people for Miracles Day

Today is Miracles Day. $32 restores sight to the world’s poorest people through a cataract operation.

By Hope 103.2Wednesday 17 Aug 2016Station NewsReading Time: 2 minutes

Hope 103.2 will partner with you and CBM Australia on Thursday 25 August for Miracles Day. And Laura & Duncan are heading to Vietnam to broadcast live all next week and witness first-hand the impact of cataract surgery for some of the world’s poorest people.

Laura & Duncan will travel together with CBM Australia to see cataract operations, meet patients and hear incredible stories of Vietnamese lives transformed.

So What’s A Miracle?

A miracle is restoring sight to the world’s poorest people through a cataract operation. Around the country, listeners from 25 radio stations will come together to take part in this year’s Appeal.

In 2015 Hope listeners raised funds to provide over 4800, ‘Miracles’

Last year, through Hope 103.2’s Miracle’s Day, you and other listeners raised funds to provide over 4800, ‘Miracles’ for the world’s poorest men, women and children with the sight-saving surgery they needed. In 2016, we’re aiming for even more Miracle gifts of sight!

It’s only takes $32 to fund a 12-minute cataract operation, restoring sight to someone who would otherwise continue living with blindness.

Cataract surgery can give children the opportunity to go to school for the first time, and can release their families from the need to continually provide care and instead earn an income to break free from poverty.

How does the surgery work?

  1. Adults only require a local anaesthetic. Children receive a general anaesthetic to stop them wriggling on the table.
  2. A small incision in the eye is made; the lens containing the milky, opaque cataract removed.
    Surgery can take as little as 12 minutes!
  3. A new plastic intraocular lens is inserted so the eye can focus.
  4. After 24 hours the bandages come off, and the healing checked; the person opens their eyes to a whole new world full of possibilities and hope!
    Sight – and life – is restored!

About Cataract

Cataract is the world’s leading cause of blindness. Over 20 million people worldwide live with cataract, with four out of every five adults with cataract going needlessly blind. This is why Miracles Day is so important in helping to restore sight to those who can least afford it.

CBM Australia is part of the world’s largest disability development organisation committed to improving the lives of people with disabilities in the poorest countries.