|Posted on:||Tuesday, 9th October, 2018|
On 14th October, to mark World Sight Day, churches around the UK will celebrate Christian Blind Mission Sunday, raising funds to help give the precious gift of sight to children in the world’s poorest places.
Over 90 churches will join forces this Sunday through Prayer, talks, coffee mornings, collections and other fundraising events to raise awareness about avoidable blindness around the world.
Every year, it’s estimated that up to half a million children in developing countries go blind, mostly caused by cataracts. But 80% of all blindness is avoidable.
Leading Christian figures have given their support for Christian Blind Mission Sunday, including Claudia Fragapane, Olympic gymnast and Strictly Come Dancing star, Bishop of Gloucester, The Rt Rev Rachel Treweek and Ivor Peters, food writer and broadcaster:
Claudia Fragapane, Olympic gymnast and Strictly Come Dancing star
“It’s shocking to think that children are losing their sight just because they are poor. That’s why I’ll be supporting Christian Blind Mission Sunday on 14th October, helping CBM fund sight-saving operations and treatments in the world’s poorest places, so together we can build a world where no child is needlessly blind”.
Bishop of Gloucester, The Rt Rev Rachel Treweek
“Every child and young person should be able to fulfil their potential and become the person they were created to be. So it’s deeply troubling that many children who are blind or living with other types of disability don’t get the support they need to learn, grow and thrive, particularly if they live in poverty. CBM is doing valuable work in the world’s poorest places to prevent children from needlessly losing their sight and build a fairer world for those with disabilities – but they need our prayers and support. So I’d urge all churches and individuals to join in with Christian Blind Mission Sunday this October – whether you organise a bake sale, hold a collection, show a video or pray for their work, you’ll be helping children see a brighter future in some of the world’s poorest places.”
Ivor Peters, food writer and broadcaster
“I’ve been a fan of CBM’s work for a very long time. Their hands on work embodies the message of the social gospel; vital, life giving and joyous. You don’t just need eyes to see… you need vision! I encourage all churches to join in celebrating Christian Blind Mission Sunday… Let There Be Light!”