Raising funds to fight blindness

2018-05-03 06:01

A fundraiser, known as Wheels 4 Sight, will be held on Saturday on the outskirts of Despatch in support of one of the noblest causes - that of restoring sight to the blind.

Retina SA of Port Elizabeth in partnership with Spiders Web, Workshop Crew MCC, Road Runners Street Rods, Luister!FM and the Uitenhage Lions Club have combined to raise funds. All proceeds will be donated to Retina SA for research to try to find genetic mistakes that cause blindness.

Free eye testing

“Retina SA personnel will be manning the Eye Zone and will conduct free eye screening to determine whether a person needs spectacles using an autorefractor and to discuss eye related issues,” said Lion Denis Murphy from the Uitenhage Lions Club.

There will be a 3.2 km fun walk where entrants have the option to run/walk as a sighted person, assist a visually impaired person or be challenged to walk/run under a simulated visual impairment. Registration at a cost of R20 per contestant will commence at 08:00 at the Eye Zone with the event to start at 09:15.

Other events include VW AutoPavilion display vehicles, hot rods, stalls, trikes, motor cycles, rally cars, auctions, and raffle hampers lots of bar specials, helicopter rides with live entertainment.

Entry fee is R20 per adult and R10 for children (kids under 6 years enter free of charge). There will be cloth badges at R10 each.

All are invited to donate unwanted bronze coins at the event with bins available at the entrance

  • For more information contact Gail Cillie of Retina SA (082 788 2796), Gail Vermaak of Spiders Web (084 263 6988), Skillie of Workshop Crew MC (082 558 6212) or Belinda of Road Runners (061 001 7128).- HEILIE COMBRINCK

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