I am running the Edinburgh marathon for Fiona's Eye Fund, which is a fantastic charity devoted to saving eye sight in developing countries.
Cataract blindness is a serious problem in Ethiopia. It affects all ages. Often it is the breadwinner of a family who has become blind and this impacts on the life of a family. The good news is that a relatively straightforward operation can be done to remove the cataract and insert a plastic lens. The operation is done one day, the dressing is removed the next day and the patients are sent home with eye drops to use. When a team of doctors makes a visit out to the clinic set up in Ethiopia for a week, hundreds of people make their way, often from hundreds of miles away, to queue up to be assessed and then operated on. So far several hundreds of patients have had their eyesight restored.
Running a marathon is not going to be easy, but Fiona's eye fund is such a great charity I know it will be worth every early morning run and painful blister. I am extremely grateful for every donation and thanks so much for taking the time to visit this page!
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