Tuesday 23 January 2018

Stars' blind ambition to raise funds for Africa

Eilish O'Regan

SIGHT is the sense the majority of people fear losing most, according to a new survey.

The findings have emerged in a study by Sightsavers Ireland, which yesterday launched its Easter campaign to highlight how just a small donation can stop a person in Africa going blind.

Celebrities who spoke of how they would miss their sight included former Irish international soccer player Niall Quinn, who said he would be devastated if he could no longer witness sporting events.

"It would be sporting occasions that I would miss the most. Cheltenham, Croke Park, my kids' matches and many other occasions," he said.

Former 'Clinic' actress Leigh Arnold revealed she was born visually impaired in her left eye.

"As a baby and throughout my childhood I had a number of operations to try and regain the sight in the eye," she said.

"The thought of losing sight completely has been something I have considered a lot and I think what I would miss the most is seeing my loved ones."

The campaign,'Being blind is hard. Being blind in Africa is harder', points out that as little as €20 could fund an adult cataract operation in Africa. Just 5c would protect a child against river blindness for an entire year.

Irish Independent

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