Goals help to restore sight
MANCHESTER City players took time off their busy schedule to visit elderly patients.
The players visited patients who have benefitted from cataract operations made possible by the Vodacom Foundation's Goals for Miracles campaign.
Wayne Bridge, André Dejong and Vladimir Weiss visited St Augustine's hospital, in Durban, yesterday.
There are more than 100million people who are blind because of cataracts worldwide and the World Health Organisation wants to eliminate blindness due to cataracts by 2020.
The Goal's for Miracles campaign was launched during the 2008 Vodacom Challenge and as a result, R2,5million was raised this year.
Abeneficiary, Nomonde Ngcikiza, 64, of Inanda, was operated on last Wednesday.
She said her life had changed dramatically since the operation.
"I was literally blind for five years because of diabetes," Ngcikiza said.
"After both my children passed away I relied on neighbours for help. I was unable to go to church or read the Bible, which I love dearly."
Vodacom head of corporate communications Palesa Chabula said the foundation had invested more than R500 million to uplift and develop communities.
Chabula said every time a goal was scored by one of the teams in the Vodacom Challenge, R150000 was contributed to the foundation for cataract operations to be performed.