Optometrist Priya Raju, 29, who is employed the Specsavers Hounslow store has just returned from a Vision Aid Overseas mission that saw her share her skills and knowledge with students training to be optometrists at the country’s Cape Coast University so they can continue to provide eye care in their communities. Also, while in the African country Priya took part in an outreach programme to assist hundreds of villagers by carrying sight tests, prescribing glasses and screening for eye diseases.
The Slough-born Optician raised over £2000 for Vision Aid Overseas through a series of fundraising activities including a charity bike ride and a coffee morning.
Vision Aid Overseas
Since the charity was founded 28 years ago it has helped over 1 million people to see in countries such as Burkina Faso, Ethiopa, Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia. Donations from fundraising are vital for the charity to continue its operations overseas.
- £5 can pay for an eye test and a pair of glasses.
- £22 can pay for a day of training for an eye care worker
- £100 can pay for a community outreach team to see 500 people.
- £1000 can pay for a motorbike for the hospital to use for outreach to the isolated communities, many of which cannot be reached by car.