It started as a simple idea four years ago. What if Australian Christians joined together for one special day to give the miracle gift of sight to people living with cataract blindness in the world’s poorest countries?
The idea quickly caught on. This year on Miracles Day, Thursday 17 August, Christians of all denominations around Australia will join together in faith and compassion to give the gift of sight saving surgery to 30,000 men, women and children.
“It’s astounding to think that cataracts are the world’s leading cause of blindness in middle and low income countries, making up almost half of all blindness, and yet they can be removed with simple surgery,” says Jane Edge, Chief Executive Officer, CBM Australia.
“Around the world, CBM works with medical professionals to restore sight. It only takes $32 and a 12 minute operation to remove cataracts and give the gift of sight to someone.
“Cataract blindness would pose challenges for any of us, but it is particularly devastating for those living in developing countries – where there are often fewer resources to support people with vision impairment and higher stigma regarding disabilities. This leads to more people becoming vulnerable to extreme poverty.”
“On Miracles Day, for just $32, Australians can give someone the gift of sight. For that person, being able to see again is a miracle,” explains Jane.
Listen to Miracles Day on Christian radio stations across Australia on Thursday 17 August.