‘Traveleyes’ Raised Over £10,000 for Sightsavers
Did you know that there are roughly 39 million blind people in the world, but 80 per cent of blindness could be prevented or cured? That’s 31.2 million people who are blind when it could have been avoided! ‘Sightsavers’ is an international non-governmental organisation that works with partners in developing countries to treat and prevent avoidable blindness, and promote equality for people with visual impairments and other disabilities.
In 2014, ‘Traveleyes’ celebrated its 10th anniversary. For the whole of its tenth year, ‘Traveleyes’ partnered up with the ‘Sightsavers’ to tackle preventable sight loss in developing nations. On Saturday 2nd May, ‘Traveleyes’ held a sponsored abseil at the ‘Royal Armouries Museum’ in Leeds – ‘Superheroes Saving Sight’.
Both blind and sighted ‘Traveleyes’ regulars joined from all over the country to take part, sporting superhero outfits and ready for action. In the cold wind and rain, the superheroes crossed the parapet one by one and descended the nerve trembling drop down one of Leeds’ most iconic buildings.
In the evening, superheroes swapped their capes for the glitz and glamour of the red carpet, at the ‘Traveleyes 10th Anniversary Ball’. This too was a fundraising event, with blind traveller, Eeshma Qazi, taking home the grand raffle prize, a ‘Traveleyes’ holiday to Nice!
Overall, ‘Traveleyes’ raised £10,722 for Sightsavers. This paid for around 1,340 vision impaired people to undergo a surgical procedure, which cures advanced trachoma and restores sight.
So many of life’s important lessons are learned outside of the classroom, which is why Amar Latif introduced ‘Traveleyes’ to students aged 14 upwards, as part of a ‘CAS’ program (Creativity, Activity, Service). ‘CAS’ is designed to counterbalance academic rigour with experience-based learning.
Amar was invited to speak at the ‘Celebrating Tourism’ event by ‘GUtech University’, Oman. Amar spoke about the importance of promoting tourism, one of the worlds biggest industries, and the positive affects this would have on a country with such an attractive history and culture.