As you may know, each year St Katharine’s has a collection at Harvest Festival to support either a local or an “away” charity. This year the PCC have agreed to support an away charity – Sightsavers. This is an international organisation working to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities.
You have probably seen the TV adverts showing children suffering from conditions such as cataracts. This small build-up of protein may not seem urgent, but if left untreated it can cause irreversible blindness. So for these children it is a race against time to operate before their sight is lost for ever.
And others are suffering from trachoma. This excruciating disease causes the eyelashes to turn inwards and scrape away at the eye’s surface. Many resort to pulling their eyelashes out – even after the disease has caused them to go blind – to help stop the endless pain when blinking. It’s happening right now to millions of children in some of the world’s poorest countries. But with your help, these children could receive the straightforward treatments they need to protect their sight, giving them a much brighter future.
You will find an envelope in your October magazine and if you would like to make a donation please put it in the envelope and bring it to the Harvest Festival on Sunday 7th October, or leave it in the church office. If you are unable to get to church please ask a neighbour or friend who may be able to take it for you.
For more information go to the website at www.sightsavers.org