Incredible support for See the Way appeal

Posted on: Wednesday, 15th May, 2019
Adults and children, from a small village in Southern Rwanda, smile and wave.

Our See the Way appeal came to an end at midnight yesterday - but our work to end avoidable blindness is continuing.

Since the launch of the appeal on 15 February, thousands of individuals, churches and community groups have prayed, fundraised and given to help people in the world’s poorest places to See the Way to a brighter future. The UK Government will match all donations made to the appeal, helping people access sight-saving surgery, glasses and support so they can go to school, read and write, get around safely and support themselves and their families.

We’re utterly thrilled by the response we’ve had over the past 3 months and so grateful to our incredible supporters for their generosity, helping to transform lives in the world’s poorest places”, said CBM UK’s Director of Fundraising & Communications, Harriet Millward. “I’ve seen for myself how challenging life can be for people living with avoidable blindness in Rwanda, and how difficult it can be for those living in rural areas to access sight-saving treatment.  But thanks to this appeal, tens of thousands more people will be able to See the Way to a brighter future – especially as every pound donated during the appeal will be doubled by the UK government”.

As well as the generous support of thousands of individuals, several media outlets and companies pledged their support for the appeal, helping to raise funds and awareness. Thank you to Premier Christian Radio, Business Weekly, Cambridge Independent, Cambridge 105 Radio, PJ Care, Clamp Optometrists, Realnet, St Johns Innovation Centre, Trinity Hall Chapel and Allia, for their fantastic support throughout the appeal.

As part of our See the Way appeal, we shared Salomé’s journey to sight live from Rwanda. If you missed it, you can witness the amazing moment she could see after living needlessly blind for 2 years.

We’ve already received more than £20,000 raised by churches and community groups…and if you fundraised for See the Way before 14th May, there’s still time to send in the funds you’ve raised!  Please send any funds raised as soon as possible – all funds must be received by 14th July to be eligible for match funding.

Watch out for updates soon about how your generosity is helping people in the world’s poorest places to See the Way to a brighter future.

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Between 15th February-14th May 2019, the UK government will double all public donations to CBM’s See the Way appeal up to £2 million. Public donations will support CBM’s work preventing blindness and transforming lives wherever the need is greatest. Match funding from the UK government will improve access to sight-saving eye-health services in Rwanda.


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