“There is beauty in the most common things to those who have eyes to see” – unknown

This October I am looking forward to seeing:

  • The leaves change colour & fall from the trees.
  • My daughter discovering and opening her fifth birthday presents.
  • The clear blue skies of autumn.
  • My daughter blowing out the five candles on her birthday cake.
  • Sunday lunch round at my parents with brother.
  • Inspirational pins of things for Halloween, Christmas and New Year.
  • My son getting dressed up and heading out for Halloween.
  • Lots of lovely coverage at work for my clients.
  • The gaps in my sons smile closing as his teeth grow in.
  • Friends for supper at quiz night.
  • The bonfire & fireworks at a friends party.
  • My best friends photos on Facebook.
  • My school mum pals on the school run, in the park, at parties, in the pub!
  • Catching up with friends hundreds and thousands of miles away on Skype.
  • Great posts from my blogging buddies.
  • The photographic entries over at The Gallery and Silent Sunday.

I can’t imagine what my life would be like without my sight. When you just stop to think how many millions of things you see everyday it is reminder of how sight is an unconscious privilege for the majority who can see. For those who live without sight, whether born blind or lose sight later, day to day life is more challenging than I can ever begin to imagine. If my eyesight or that of my children’s or parent’s was compromised we are very fortunate to have access to great healthcare locally via the NHS. However blindness especially in a developing country can be devastating; you’re often isolated and excluded, unable to get an education or work to support your family so you’re completely reliant on those around you. It’s hardly surprising then that people often tell us it feels like a miracle when they get their sight back. Which is why Sightsavers are launching A Million Miracles.

The aim of A Million Miracles is to raise £30 million to fund sight-restoring procedures by 2017. It is a huge target amount but the difference it would make is life changing for each and every patient. The actual cost of cataract surgery is only £30 for an adult and £50 for a child (adults can be done under a local anaesthetic but little ones require a general). The number of people who’s lives can be revolutionised by this campaign with each and every pound towards the £30 million.

You, me and everyone we know are all invited to be part of the first miracle via live stream.

A Million Miracles, Sightsavers, Malawi

Here’s Mr Winesi and the dates for your diary:

  • 1:30pm GMT on 8th October as one of the few cataract surgeons in Malawi delivers the 5 minute life-changing operation. Hosted by UK YouTuber star Doug Armstong you’ll meet the Mr Winesi, and all the health worker heros delivering this vital work
  • 1:30pm GMT on 9th October as the team remove the bandages and Mr Winesi can see for the very first time. He will be able to see his wonderful wife again, and hold and see his grandson Luca for the very first time.

I am proud to be involved in the Million Miracles campaign, please help me to help spread the word.

What Can You Do To Help?
– Please share this post far and wide to bring as many people as possible see this groundbreaking project unfold.
– Put the 8th and 9th October in your diary & watch the live broadcasts.
– Follow Sightsavers campaign and DONATE here.
– Follow Sightsavers on Twitter and Facebook to stay keep up to date.
– Follow Chris @thinlyspread and #SeeTheMiracle as the campaign conversation gains momentum across the UK!