The director of Eye Emporium, Salim Juma, is running the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 13th April 2014 to raise money for eye charity, Vision Aid Overseas. Vision Aid Overseas works in developing countries to combat poverty by improving the facilities to treat vision difficulties and impairments.
Salim said, “670 million people – over 10% of the world’s total population – suffer from visual difficulties or impairments that can easily be treated or corrected with glasses. The fact that conditions as simple as long or short-sightedness can cause such difficulty for both the individual and the society as a whole is alarming. Corrective glasses or lenses can be easily taken for granted so I am highly supportive of the work of Vision Aid Overseas and their mission to improve vision in the developing world.”
Vision Aid Overseas was established in 1985 and works to provide disadvantaged countries with access to appropriate eye care. Part of this work includes the introduction of specialist local Eye Centres, where patients can receive affordable eye examinations, be prescribed glasses and even referred for further treatment if necessary. The charity also funds specially trained volunteers to manage the projects, service the equipment and ensure regular training is in place for local staff of the centres.
Salim has actively supported the work of Vision Aid Overseas in the past and is hoping to raise a significant amount of sponsorship for his marathon run.
He added: “The mission of Vision Aid Overseas is an incredibly worthwhile endeavour and I am proud to support its work whenever I can. Vision problems can have significant effects on an individual’s quality of life if left untreated so it is vitally important to provide these communities with the treatment and correction they need.”
To sponsor Salim and his marathon endeavour, please click the JustGiving logo below to visit his fundraising page. All donations, however small, will make a difference and are very much appreciated.