Globally over 314 million people are visually impaired and more than 45 million people are blind. Of this huge amount 87% are in developing countries and around 85% of all visual impairment is avoidable!
Eyessee is “a charity with a vision” working since 2001 to provide medical aid to underprivileged countries. They have now set up three camps one in Peru, Myanmar and Sri Lanka and work to lower this colossus number.
The aim of Eyessee is to provide medical relief along with setting up sustainable healthcare and providing the education to make sure these diseases are prevented in the future. They work with local communities to help fight diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and childhood blindness to name but a few.
On the 25th September 2011 Eyessee will be running their annual Bike Ride from Worthing to Hove and then back. Last year managed to see £3368.89 being raised and this year is set to be bigger and better. The money raised last year was put towards setting up two camps in Myanmar which helped 360 people with lens impants and corrections and a new base in Sri Lanka treating 370 patients, all at no cost!
Entrants will meet at Splash Point at 9:45am for a 10am start with refreshments being provided both at Hove and on the return leg at Worthing.
If you are interested in taking part in the bike ride or would like to donate money to the cause contact them on 01903 500345.