Charity for the blind launches Rand-a-Day project
One Rand a day -- that is all that the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) is asking from each of us.
The 83-year-old organisation is appealing to all South Africans who can to contribute R30 a month towards improving -- and even restoring -- the sight of those in need.
Services provided by the SANCB include free cataract removal operations, free eye tests and referrals, as well community-based rehabilitation, adult basic education and early childhood development.
"These services and more are due to sponsorships and donations from individuals," the Council says in a statement.
"However, if we do not join hands with other South Africans to foster a culture of Ubuntu, sharing and charitable donations and giving towards our cause, we will sadly have to stop rendering our valuable services."
The SANCB continues: "These small contributions, which we will receive from the public, will not go unnoticed and will far outweigh and override the burden of blindness that many people face."
Based in Pretoria, the SANCB's services extend to the most rural parts of South Africa.