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Million Miracles target in sight as UK government pledges to double donations

October 2017
Polok Islam is being held by a family member. Around 20 other people are in the group photo, all are smiling and standing.
Your donation could help children like Polok.

Sightsavers has launched its final push in the journey towards delivering a million cataract operations.

Income raised from the Million Miracles appeal will be matched by the UK government, pound for pound, through the UK Aid Match scheme, to provide sight-restoring cataract surgery to even more people.

To support the appeal, Sightsavers is hosting a public photography exhibition at London’s South Bank, showing the transformative effect that cataract surgery can have on people’s lives. The free exhibition, at the More London Riverside development near Tower Bridge, runs until 30 October and showcases the work of photographer Andrew McConnell, who travelled to Pakistan with Sightsavers earlier this year to capture stories of people who have undergone cataract surgery.

A Million Miracles was launched in 2014 to help provide a million cataract operations to adults and children across Africa and Asia. We are now asking members of the public to donate to our cataract work and help us reach the final miracle, which can only be done with the help of the British public. Through UK Aid Match, we can reach our target even quicker. The campaign will run from 9 October 2017 to 9 January 2018 and we are hoping to raise £2.8 million.

Donations made to the Million Miracles appeal will be used to provide life-changing cataract operations, as well as enabling some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, including women and men with disabilities, to access essential eye health services. Funding received through UK Aid Match will specifically be used for projects in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Funds raised through this appeal will also contribute to our work elsewhere in the world building a society where everyone can access eye health. Sightsavers works in some of the poorest countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and, where blindness is irreversible, we work to promote equality and ensure people with disabilities have the same opportunities in life as anyone else.

Your donation will help make this happen. Whether it’s funding the operation itself, getting someone to a doctor, giving children with visual impairments an education or providing support to families affected by blindness, by giving your support today you’re changing people’s lives.

Cataract operations cost as little as just £30, and every £1 you donate will be doubled by the UK government. Make a donation and help us reach our target.

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