On Friday 25 March, the Sibaya Community Trust in partnership with Keratoconus Foundation South Africa hosted a celebratory function following corrective eye surgery and related treatments that were performed on 50 children in KwaZulu-Natal.
The partnership also gave University of KwaZulu-Natal optometry students, clinicians and registrars the opportunity to receive training at the McCord Provincial Hospital in Durban.
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VIVIAN REDDY ON THE GIFT OF SIGHT
Vision loss is something that can affect one’s physical health by increasing the risk of falls and decreasing their quality of life. It can also have an impact on mental health resulting in social isolation, depression, loneliness, fear and anxiety.
Chairman of Sibaya Casino and the Sibaya Community Trust, Vivian Reddy, said it was important to think about those who have never known what it means to see.
The Sibaya Community Trust’s sponsorship via Keratoconus Foundation South Africa, which raises awareness about non-inflammatory eye disease, saw them facilitate treatments of corneal transplant, cross-linking, Intacs and contact lenses to patients.
The Sibaya Community Trust and Keratoconus Foundation South Africa made a difference to 50 vulnerable children.
The trust, which is also associated with the Cardiac Foundation of South Africa, sponsored 40 children to undergo corrective heart surgery. These surgeries took place at the Ethekwini Hospital & Heart Centre.
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SIBAYA COMMUNITY TRUST’S VARIOUS PROJECTS
The Sibaya Community Trust offers free cancer screening via their non-profit organisation, Daughters of Africa. Through this offering, more than 400 people have found abnormal cells and were referred to specials.
The trust has also spent approximately R250 million on community upliftment projects ranging from programmes around health education, infrastructure and more.
Professor Vanessa Moodley, the founding Trustee of Keratoconus, praised the work of the trust, shining the spotlight on their generosity.