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Thursday 16 August 2018

Eyesight-saving charity challenges runners with new October campaign

Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

An Irish charity is challenging people to get out and get active this October in aid of a good cause.

Eyesight-saving charity Orbis Ireland is asking Irish people to run at least 20 minutes a day for the duration of October as part of their new Run 20/20 campaign.

Participants can set up a fundraising page for the charity and link their running apps to prove they're taking part in the challenge.

Orbis is asking runners to raise at least €80, which will go towards its aim to eliminate avoidable blindness in southern Ethiopia ,where the cost of a sight-saving surgery is just €6. By raising €80 for Orbis, participants can help to save the sight of children who are at risk of blindness.

Read more: 'It's hard not to be moved by it' - Irish donations enable operations that 'literally save people's lives' in Ethiopia

If a runner manages to raise €80 during the month, they will have funded sight saving surgeries on 12 people at immediate risk of blindness, according the Orbis chief Diane Weatherup.

"That €80 could also provide 500 people with an antibiotic to tackle blinding infections or train three teachers to recognise the signs of blinding infections before it’s too late," she told Independent.ie

"The impact of donations from Irish people alone in Southern Ethiopia is absolutely massive."

If you are interested in taking part, you can register for Run20/20 here.

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