Safari Supper In Aid of the Guildford Eye Camp 16 April 2016
In aid of the Guildford Eye Camp
On Saturday evening, 16 April 2016, in St Leonard’s hall, Ayr Rotarians and guests attended a Safari Supper, organised by Alex Thomson and his team, on behalf of the Guildford Eye Camp. Enjoying a fun night of chat with like minded colleagues. President Douglas Haddow announced that £700 was raised during the evening which meant that 1400 cataract operations can be conducted as a result of the generous people who attended.
The Rotary Club of Guildford Eye Project is an avoidable blindness programme which serves those in India and Africa who are too poor to access their own medical care. The charity provides assessment camps, surgical equipment and surgeon training such that free eye operations and treatment are available. There are 40 million avoidably blind worldwide, of which 15 million are in India, 3 million being in the Kolkata area. It is a charity inspired, founded and administered entirely by Rotarians. As Rotarians are volunteers, no administrative costs are incurred. The charity develops partnership links with Rotary Clubs in the areas of need who are required to provide the premises, while each partner contributes to all other costs. The aim is for all facilities to become self financing. In 1998 Guildford Rotarian Mr S N Das MBE, an eye surgeon and consultant ophthalmic surgeon, started the project in and around Kolkata (Calcutta) with a personal ambition to restore the sight of 1,000,000 people! Aided by a generous grant system from the worldwide Rotary Movement, the £15 cost of a cataract and other similar operations can be funded by a donation of JUST £5.
The Ayr Rotarians and partners enjoyed a superb buffet and had great fun whilst supporting this worthwhile cause. Douglas and Eileen Haddow hit it lucky, by winning the top raffle prize of a luxurious hamper.