Local resident, Lionel Jeffrey from Hayling Island, has been recognised by the international sight-saving charity ORBIS (www.orbis.org.uk) for his continued contributions to the organisation through his fundraising activities.
On the 7th July 2013, Lionel took part in the Hayling to Holland Charity Cycle Ride in aid of ORBIS and over the years, through various activities, has raised a tremendous £1,900. The charity works in developing countries to tackle preventable blindness. Educational programmes enable local doctors and nurses to better manage ophthalmic conditions prevalent in their community.
The issue of preventable blindness has reached staggering proportions. 39 million people in the world are blind but 80% could be treated or cured. 90% of these people are in developing countries where eye care facilities are often limited.
Simple, cheap and quick operations like cataract surgery can save a person from losing their livelihood, independence and stop them becoming a burden to their family. But the skill and equipment needed to help are often lacking in the places where they are most needed. ORBIS works tirelessly to change this situation and over the years has helped to further educate 262,000 medical professionals.
Lionel’s continued efforts have helped to treat even more people struggling with preventable blindness, and his cycle ride round Holland was no mean feat!
Lionel says; “Approximately 100 riders left Hayling on Sunday July 7th by coach for Harwich. All of us were raising sponsorship for our particular charity, mine being, as it has been in the past, ORBIS. The bikes were loaded onto vans and also taken to Harwich where they and we were loaded onto the Stena Line Ferry.
“The ride started on Monday morning at Hook van Holland and we followed the coast north to Haarlem. The next four day’s then took us to Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Dordrecht, and back to Hook via the beautiful town of Delft.
“The total ride was about 360 miles. The shortest distance per day was 36 miles and the longest 92 miles. This should have been 89 miles but like most of us I got lost. This was all part of the joy of riding.”
“I’m proud of the amount I have managed to raise over the years for ORBIS but I hope to raise more for this brilliant charity. Helping this organisation to give people back their sight is great and I’m delighted by the number of people who now have improved vision because of my endeavours.”
To donate money to ORBIS or to help Lionel and the charity reach more people please call: Hannah Rzysko, 0207 608 7278 or visit http://www.orbis.org.uk/Default.aspx?cid=9500
For information on ORBIS or further images, please contact Natasha Lee, Communications Officer on 020 7608 7284 or Nlee@orbis.org.uk
Notes to Editor:
ORBIS provides the tools, training and technology necessary for local hospitals to develop workable and lasting solutions to fight the tragedy of unnecessary blindness.
By building their long-term capabilities, ORBIS helps its partner institutions take action - to reach a state where they can provide, on their own, quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable.
To learn more about ORBIS, please visit www.orbis.org.uk