The following is a lovely piece by local pupil Claire Stewart, who has been involved with fundraising for Sight Aid International.
On 27th July, pupil Ashley Gallagher organised a bag pack to raise money for “Sight Aid International”, a charity co-founded by Sean Walls and Andy Brownlie in 2010.
Launched in March of 2010, the charity aims to provide eye tests and glasses to those in the poorest parts of Kenya who need them and cannot afford them. Over 1200 pairs have been supplied free of charge.
When I heard about the bag pack at school, I thought it would be a fun way to spend my Saturday. I didn’t even consider that I would be helping to raise money which could really help until I looked up the website and read about what the charity did. It was only then that I realised that I would actually be helping out.
People were very generous; they gave us their spare change which quickly piled up. I was surprised at how quickly my bucket filled up. Even those who didn’t need help with their packing were more than happy to donate. Young children eagerly asked their parents for money to give. That was something I was glad to see; children who didn’t fully understand the concept of charity so excited to help out.
Throughout the seven hours of tireless efforts from the selfless volunteers, we raised over £1000, which will help make the glasses as well as fund the clinic opening in November of this year.