While I love to travel, and explore, and ride my bike, there was something missing from this trip when I started to plan for it. Then, one sunny Saturday morning at my parent’s breakfast table, my Dad slipped me the newspaper and pointed out an article on Kenya. The story was about a Canadian eye surgeon, Dr. Matthew Bujak, who had volunteered his time at a clinic in rural Kenya, restoring sight to numerous people by performing cataract surgeries. Each procedure took a mere 10 minutes and cost about $20. Twenty dollars. That is only four lattes at my local S-bucks!!!
The article went on to state that the restoration of sight is one of the most cost effective ways of empowering people in the developing world. From the moment I finished reading that article, my ride finally had meaning. When Dr. Bujak was asked about the countless number of hours he worked at the eye clinic, this was his response: “It is not why do I do this, it’s why wouldn’t I do this?”
I found myself mentally echoing some of Dr. Bujak’s words: Why wouldn’t I do this….why wouldn’t I use this bike ride as a way to fundraise for cataract operations in Africa? Can you imagine never seeing the smile of a little child again…or a sunrise…or the ocean…or a twinkle of the eye…the list is infinite.
So, that is the genesis of how I came to fundraise for Seva Canada. If you have it in your heart, please help my fundraising efforts by going to my donor page at: http://bit.ly/Cairo2Capetown4Sight
You will not regret it, I promise.