100,000 Miracles of Sight



    TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - What takes only 12 minutes? And costs only $33?
    A miracle that will change a life forever!
    cbm Canada can transform the life of a blind mom, dad or grandparent
trapped in poverty.
    Instead of living a life of dependence, hunger and despair, they can be
given the promise of hope with a 12 minute cataract operation for only $33.
    12 million people living in developing countries are in urgent need of
cataract surgery but they don't have access to the medical doctors or
facilities required to perform the operation that could restore their precious
sight.
    Over the next 100 days, with your help, cbm Canada can give the miracle
of sight to 100,000 moms, dads and children who are trapped in poverty.
    cbm has the ability - doctors, medicine and medical facilities - to
restore sight to people in some of the poorest countries of the world.
    All we need is your help to give the miracle of sight to someone waiting
in the darkness.
    Special surgical instruments and general anaesthesia are required to
treat children who are blind with cataracts. As a result paediatric cataract
surgery is more expensive - $200. But who can put a price on the return? That
precious child will have access to education, and will eventually earn an
income and serve the community. A child will be freed from a lifetime of
blindness, dependence and poverty.
    Can you imagine what it must be like when a child who has been blind from
birth has a cataract operation and can see his mother and father for the first
time? Or a mother finally sees the face of her baby? Can you imagine what that
is like?
    Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of the Anglican Church of
South Africa has experienced the joy of being part of a miracle as he watched
the faces of men, women and children when they saw their loved ones for the
first time.
    "Giving sight is not just a physical thing: but you can give back
someone's dignity," says Archbishop Tutu. "Let's stop talking. With the
worlds' help we can make a difference in 100,000 lives."
    Call cbm Canada at 1-800-567-2264 or go online at www.cbmcanada.org to
give the gift of restored sight to someone waiting in the darkness for a
life-changing miracle.

    cbm directly impacts the lives of over 18 million people every year. cbm
is a world leader in rescuing, restoring and empowering people trapped in
poverty by disability... setting them free for life!

    
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For further information:

For further information: Lindsay O'Connor, National Media/PR Manager,
cbm Canada, 1-800-567-2264 ext 289, loconnor@cbmcanada.org

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