Charlie | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

Charlie

Being blind in the Pacific is extremely dangerous. You can help change this.

Being blind in the Pacific is extremely dangerous. You can help change this.

Being blind in the Pacific is extremely dangerous. You can help change this.

Five years ago, Charlie developed cataracts in both eyes. Once outgoing and energetic, he became a shadow of his former self, ashamed and guilty that he could no longer take care of his family.

While his wife shouldered his responsibilities at home, Charlie had no choice but to keep working in his job in construction, risking terrible injury – even death – every day.

Charlie’s story could have ended very differently. But thanks to a Kiwi just like you, an outreach team of Eye Doctors were able to perform a 20-minute surgery to restore his sight.

When the bandages first came off, Charlie was disoriented by the sudden flood of colour and light. Then, once his eyes adjusted, he became a different man. He chatted away, smiling and laughing, full of excitement at seeing the world again.

“I feel amazing! My family is so happy. They are preparing a big celebration. I want to thank the people of New Zealand who helped me. May blessings be upon you and your family!”

Four out of five people who are blind don’t need to be – they just need access to eye care.

We work to end avoidable blindness in the Pacific by making desperately needed eye health care within reach for everyone who needs it.

Please send a gift today to help ensure that no one like Charlie has to lose their sight if they don’t need to.

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What we can do

Help keep Fred’s dream alive.

4 out of 5 people who are blind in the developing world don't need to be. Routine treatment costing as little as $25 can restore sight and hope.

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