27.11.2009

School kids help save Kenyan grandmothers" sight

School kids help save Kenyan grandmothers" sight

By Martin Burns

Pupils at Lanark Grammar School have raised £654 to help save the eyesight of two blind grandmothers in the village of Kosodo, Kenya, by wearing sunglasses for a day, the Carluke Gazette reported.

They paid £1 each to wear the sunglasses and the money they raised will go towards operations for the grandmothers to restore their sight so that they can look after children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

Kirsty Melvin, a learning support teacher at Lanark Grammar and organiser of the event, told the news provider: "The Shades Day was a really good fun event for the pupils. It must have been the first time ever that so many people were wearing sunglasses in Lanark on the same day."

Visually impaired people in Ethiopia will soon be able to get help from eye specialists travelling to Butajira, Ethiopia, with the charity Vision Aid Overseas to hand out glasses, offer training, and carry out eye tests.

by Martin Burns


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