Manukau Courier : December 21st 2010
14 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 21, 2010 NEWS R R R . e 14De m 5 . p m m p m m 9 p m W D T 1De m pm 7 m Minigt m pm t 1De m pm m Mi nig t m pm 2 De m pm 7 m Mi nig t m pm We De Mi i id i F D t 2De entre e e e Buy 2 new tyres, get $20.00 KFC vouchers Buy 4 new tyres, get $50.00 KFC vouchers 175/70R13 only $79 205/65R15 only $109 215/45R17 only $139 265/70R16 only $219 FREE KFC for Xmas! Conditions apply 0800 462 477 67 East Tamaki Rd, Papatoetoe Email: email@example.com Gift of sight brings hope to island kids Sight saver: Little Milka Isaac can see again after having paediatric cataracts removed. Most kids will be asking Santa for toys and games this Christmas but little Milka Isaac is just delighted she can see. The seven-year-old from Papua New Guinea had the eyes of an 80-year-old -- she had dense paediatric cat- aracts in both eyes. She could barely see 2cm in front of her face when she came to a clinic run by New Zealand s Fred Hollows Foun- dation. After a 20-minute operation, Milka can now be a little girl again and enjoy all the things her friends do -- including looking at the pictures in her beloved storybook. Specsavers stores have teamed up with the foun- dation to raise funds for sight-saving operations for hundreds of people just like Milka. Kiwis are being encouraged to give the gift of sight this Christmas and buy a $25 Miracle of Sight card from Specsavers in the lead-up to Christmas. Each card sold will help restore sight to a vision- impaired person in a nearby Pacific nation. Specsavers Auckland CBD co-owner and optometrist Chris Boyle says he was inspired to get involved after hear- ing stories about chil- dren like Milka. Her sight had been seriously impaired for two years before being restored by a straightfor- ward operation, he says. This is a condition that we would sometimes expect to see in much older patients, not a seven-year-old, he says. A case like this would usually be treated at the infancy stage and not be allowed to progress. We take it for granted in a country like New Zea- land that we can access excellent medical and health services but we don t realise how lucky we are. As she realised she could see again, Milka began to smile and make jokes with her mum and the other patients. She had this huge smile, she was telling everyone about how excited she was to be able to read her picture book again. The cost of the card is a small price to pay for someone s sight, he says. Go to www.hollows. org.nz for more inform- ation.
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