Cape Town, South Africa (ots/PRNewswire) - "We can really do
something to change the world," says Archbishop Desmond Tutu. "I
think not being able to see is one of the most debilitating
disabilities in our world today," Archbishop Tutu said at the
launching of Christian Blind Mission's worldwide "100,000 Miracles"
campaign at an International Press Conference held today at Groote
Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa.
Archbishop Tutu added, "Giving sight is not just a physical thing
but you can give back someone's dignity. Let's stop talking. With the
world's help we can make a difference in 100,000 lives. How about the
world getting behind the 100,000 miracles and making it happen?"
Globally, an estimated 600 million people are living with a
disability. Of these, 80% live in low income countries with little or
no access to health and rehabilitation services.
CBM President Professor Allen Foster said, "Worldwide 17 million
people are totally blind because of cataracts. If we could reach them
today, tomorrow they would all see. CBM reaches only 2.3% of people
in need. That's why we are asking people today to join us to help the
poorest of the poor in giving them back their sight, what a great
blessing for the person giving and receiving sight."
CBM's "100,000 Miracles" global campaign aims to provide 100,000
sight restoring, life changing cataract operations in 100 days. The
campaign is being supported by the people of Australia, Belgium,
Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, United Kingdom,
Switzerland and the USA. For under US$50, CBM can give someone in a
developing country the Miracle of sight.
CBM is the leading organisation rescuing and restoring the lives
of people trapped in poverty by disability around the world. CBM
provides services to more than 12 million people - the poorest of the
poor living with disabilities - in more than 1,000 projects in 113
countries regardless of nationality, gender or religion.
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