Record amount raised at local event in aid of visually impaired

2017-06-08 06:01
=From left are Lion Wayne Kilian, Happy Vermaak (Spiders Web), Loftus van Schalkwyk (organising committee), Gail Cillie (Retina SA), Gail Vermaak (Spiders Web), Lion Barend Erasmus and Marius Kilian (Workshop Crew MCC & fundraiser organiser).  Photo:SUPPLIED

=From left are Lion Wayne Kilian, Happy Vermaak (Spiders Web), Loftus van Schalkwyk (organising committee), Gail Cillie (Retina SA), Gail Vermaak (Spiders Web), Lion Barend Erasmus and Marius Kilian (Workshop Crew MCC & fundraiser organiser). Photo:SUPPLIED

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A Retina SA record fundraising amount of R18 410 was raised at the recently held Retina Wheels 4 Sight 2017 event held at Spiders Web near Despatch.

Marius Kilian, a visually impaired person with only 10% sight, initiated the event. He was assisted by organisers which included the Uitenhage Lions Club and Workshop Crew MCC.

Gail Cillie, Chairperson of Retina SA Eastern Cape said the Wheels 4 Sight event was a huge success owing to the generosity of the local community.

The event provided an opportunity for members of Retina SA to provide information and counselling services to people experiencing problems with loss of sight who visited the event.

“Funds raised will be utilized for the ongoing research project which will bring treatments for retinal blindness for members of the region,” said Lion Barend Erasmus of the Uitenhage Lions Club.

He confirmed that it was possible that Retina Wheels 4 Sight would become an annual fundraiser.

Lion President Hein de Vrey said, “This will aid Retina SA to assist them to continue with their research that will benefit visually impaired people.”

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