Lucy shines the light on our work in Nepal

Stories | November 1, 2019

Lucy Holmes, Christian radio host for Light FM, is shining the light on the Miracle of sight-saving surgery through Miracles’ Day – not only on radio, but now on a brand new TV show on Channel 10.

Lucy has been a big supporter of Miracles Day over the past seven years and has helped to raise almost 200,000 Miracles of sight-saving surgery.

In August, Lucy travelled to a remote village in Nepal to meet patients at Nepal’s largest eye hospital where sight-saving surgery takes place multiple times each day. During her trip she also broadcast her radio show live from Nepal and encouraged listeners to donate to Miracles Day.

As part of her visit this year, Lucy took a film crew to record the amazing work taking place in Nepal, which will be featured in TV documentary series Behind the Sash on Channel 10.

Behind the Sash follows four powerful women as they travel Australia and overseas to shine a light on issues of injustice.

Lucy says, “I’m so passionate about CBM because they change people’s lives… they do it quietly and unassumingly and they just do this miraculous work every single day, day in day out.  No bells and whistles… no “look at us!”

The gift of sight is one that is close to Lucy’s heart and she is shining the light on the life-changing work CBM and our partners do for those who are most in need.

Lucy and CBMs’ work in Nepal will be shown twice over the weekend.

Premiere: Saturday 2 November 1.30pm on Channel 10 Peach
Encore: Sunday 3 November 8.00am on Channel 10

“It’s not about looking down and saying ‘here we are, we’re Westerners and we’re going to save you’, it’s not that at all.  It’s about all being humans.  We have a lot, so let’s share that,” says Lucy.

When Lucy met Buzz

On her recent trip, Lucy met Buzz, a four year old, whose family had travelled eight hours from India to reach the hospital in the hope he could have his sight restored.

Lucy, a mother herself, reflected when in the hospital “It’s incredible being in the paediatric ward and talking to other parents and thinking, if this was my daughter, I’d move heaven and earth to get her this operation”.

Seeing Buzz after surgery with his family, Lucy says “as a parent this is what drives me… I love being able to help other parents get their kids the help they need.  It really brings it home when you speak with someone who has the same age child”.

Sight-saving surgery

For $33 you can give the gift of sight to someone with cataracts. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness throughout the world. Although relatively simple to treat, cataracts often lead to permanent vision loss for people living in poverty who can’t afford surgery to remove them.

“$33 to me was a night at the movies, but to these people, that $33 operation was their life. It was their future, their hope,” says Lucy.

It takes a surgeon just 12 minutes to replace cloudy lenses with clear, new plastic lenses to last a lifetime. Restoring someone’s sight and improving their future.

$33 is all it takes. I’m in. Are you?

Give the Miracle gift of sight.

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