Lions Sight Savers Trust
Lions Sight Savers Trust
|Name:||Trustees for the Lions Sight Savers Trust: David Firth / Patrick Hamblin|
|Name:||MD Sight Officer: Sue Taylor|
|Name:||Sightsavers – see website: http://www.sightsavers.org/|
Over the last 40 years, Lions clubs across the UK have supported Sightsavers through the Lions Sight Savers Trust to help stop thousands of people across Africa and Asia from going blind. Over £3.9 million has been donated from Lions clubs during this time.
Lions Sight Savers Trust Appeal
Lions clubs are invited to support the Sightsavers appeal: Vision for a Brighter Future.
During the global pandemic, Sightsavers continues to support vulnerable people in countries where their fragile health systems are struggling more than ever.
Donations should be sent to the District Treasurer by cheque, made payable to the District and endorsed on the back: ‘Lions Sight Savers’.
Over the last 40 years, Lions clubs have donated £3.9 million through Sightsavers to help prevent thousands of people across Africa and Asia from going blind.
One child who has been helped by Sightsavers is Lovemore. Before a local eye screening camp identified his need for sight-restoring cataract sugery, Lovemore was unable to walk outside his home without his grandmother’s help or run around and play with his friends. You can read more about Lovemore in the Vision for a Brighter Future report:
Vision for a brighter future
Donations by Lions clubs make a difference:
- £30 would pay for an adult cataract surgery
- £90 would pay for a child cataract surgery
- £500 would fund the training of 100 health workers to complete their training in primary eye health
- £1,000 would enable screen of a community of more than 1,200 people for a range of eye condition
Sightsavers’ vision is a world where no-one is blind from avoidable causes, and people with visual impairments and other disabilities can participate equally in society.
More than 2.2 billion people in the world are blind or visually impaired. Over 1 billion have a condition that could have been prevented or can be treated. Of these, 89% live in countries where healthcare and social support systems are severely lacking. Simple eye health interventions – such as a cataract operation or a pair of glasses – cost relatively little and can drastically improve a person’s life.
Sightsavers works with governments and local partners in Asia and Africa to create robust and lasting eye health services to help people now and in the future. It provides eye operations for people who need them, and trains eye care workers and surgeons to offer sight-saving treatment. Through community volunteers, Sightsavers distributes medication to protect people from diseases in some of the world’s poorest countries. Since its work began in 1950, Sightsavers has helped to provide 7.7 million cataract operations and trained over 1,000 surgeons to perform this treatment.
In 2019, Sightsavers’ supporters helped:
- perform 472,499 eye operations
- prescribe 493,186 pairs of glasses
- screen 5 million children and adults for eye conditions.