A PERSHORE Rotarian who helped raise more than £4,000 for Sri Lanka eye camps was able to witness the benefits first-hand.
John Angood, and his wife Anne, visited Kandy to see for themselves how the £4,539 donated by Pershore Rotary Club helped organise the camps in three of the poorer areas of the country.
The project has so far enabled 1,500 people to have their eyes screened and 75 were also taken to a government hospital for free cataract operations
John and Anne were also invited to the Rotary District Assembly for the installation of Gowri Rajan, a member of Kandy Rotary Club, as the first lady rotary district governor of Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
John said: “This was a very humbling experience to see the joy on the faces of people with the hope of improved sight. Not a
penny or rupee is wasted, all labour is given voluntarily.
“It is amazing how each £3 donated has improved the sight of one person.
“The impeccable organisation of each eye camp is carried out by Rotarians working with the local headman and teams of local volunteers.
“Before returning to this country I was a member of Kandy Rotary Club and remain very impressed with their efficiency, reliability, hard work and dedication.
“There is a desperate need for much more screening.”
Having been inspired by this project, Pershore Rotary Club has decided to raise funds for it for another year. Anyone looking to support it can visit uk.virgingiving.com/charities/Pershore.