IT'S A MIRACLE

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18 Sep 2011
IT'S A MIRACLE

Daily life for Julia Matokotsi of Harankopane in Qwa-Qwa near the Free State town of Harrismith has been a blurry battle for all of her 54 years. As a young girl it was impossible for her to run around and play with friends because she would have tripped over any rocks or stones at her feet. As a young mother, her children’s faces were just a blur. Even cooking for her family has been a struggle because she saw all food and cooking pots as if through a fog, unable to identify them even by vague outlines or shapes unless she brought them right up to her nose.

But all that is in the past thanks to a free eye clinic in her underprivileged community in September. The clinic comprised a makeshift tent set up by Father Jacob Qhesi and church members from the community in the shell of a half-built church they are erecting with their own hands. It was run by Reach4Sight and sponsored by the Anglican Catholic Church MDSA using funds from its Australian chapter. With her new glasses Julia can see almost as well as any normal person.

Julia is just one of 182 members of her community who benefitted from this free clinic and one of 104 patients who received free spectacles. ‘Many middle-aged or elderly people needed reading glasses,’ says Reach4Sight optometrist Keith Reid, ‘and those with dense cataracts, pathology and unmanaged diabetes were referred to the nearest hospital for treatment.’

 Thanks are due to Bishop Alan Kenyon-Hoare, Father Jacob Qhesi, Sello Lesenyeho and the trio of youngsters who assisted – Leah Kubheka, Sepelemane Ndweni and Mpho Motloung – as well as the church ladies for their beautiful singing and gracious hospitality.

 Reach4Sight is a non-profit organisation dedicated to bringing free eye care to the poor of rural and remote communities. Their staff provide their time and services for free. They has examined nearly 8000 patients and provided 1200 pairs of spectacles since April 2007. For more information see www.reach4sight.co.za. 

 

Further sponsorship is needed to extend the service to more communities. Individuals or companies who wish to do so as part of their social responsibility programmes can find out more from e-mail: reach4sight@mweb.co.za.

 

Comments

Arielle
Sat, 03 Mar 2012 02:35:01 +0200
Nice to read your blog
Hector
Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:33:20 +0200
This is cool!

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