Speaker Meeting 6th March 2017

Kath Hayes – Guildford Rotary Eye Project.

On Monday 6th March the members of the Rotary Club of Church Wilne welcomed Rotarian Kath Hayes to their weekly meeting at the Rotary Oak in Ockbrook.

Kath gave an informative talk on the Guildford Rotary Eye Project which is Rotary's gift of sight.

Rotarian S N Das MBE, an eye surgeon and consultant ophthalmic surgeon,
founder of the project, checking on some patients

The project was founded in 1998 by a Guildford Rotarian and set goals to cure 1 million of blindness in the founders lifetime. It is estimated that there are up to 650 million individuals worldwide who are too poor to access solutions to a variety of sight problems and within there are up to 50 million who are in need of surgical procedures, typically cataract operations.

A child ready for treatment with double cataracts

The waiting room at one clinic

The Guildford project is setting up hospitals in India in areas of the greatest need and this is in partnership with Rotary clubs in that area. The Indian Rotary club gets the land and building and then the Guildford project then supply the equipment and training and they are required to be self sustainable after about 2 years.

Modern equipment used for the operations

In 2015 they opened 8 new hospitals, last year a further 6 and are looking to open a further 6 this year. They also supply bus/ambulances where needed for both new and expanding existing hospitals.

The flagship Rorary Eye Hospital and centre of excellence
Hooghly, West Bengal

The current funding is through Rotary's gift of sight project which is a global grant in partnership with Rotary and the Guildford Project and for every £1 raised it will create a remarkable leverage of £5

Kath said tonight was just a flavour and asked us to imagine waking up tomorrow without sight. Fotunately we have the might of the NHS but in India they don't. This means they can't go to school, work or provide for the family.

Patients spend one night in hospital after the procedure

The club's vote of thanks was given by Ian Viles who thanked Kath for sharing the example of Rotary's power to do good by providing this inspiration project.

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact our Secretary, Mick White at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne

27th February 2017


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