Christian media’s partnership with CBM has helped Australians make an unforgettable difference to the lives of people less fortunate with over 300,000 Miracles of sight donated.
In 2022 we're celebrating ten years of Miracles, and this year Miracles Day is on Thursday, 18 August. In partnership with CBM, Christian Media across Australia shares a big goal to raise 52,000 Miracles. Miracles that will provide sight-saving surgery to people going needlessly blind from cataracts in some of the poorest places on earth.
Our partnership with CBM has had incredible fruit over the past ten years, enabling us to have an amazing impact overseas. Over 300,000 miracles of sight- saving surgery have been given.
What is a Miracle?
A Miracle is a life-changing surgery that restores the vision of someone with cataracts.
Cataracts are the leading cause of low vision or blindness in developing countries. A cataract is a milky clouding of the eye lens, which is like looking through a foggy camera lens. It reduces clear vision and, if left untreated, can lead to permanent vision impairment or blindness.
The good news is that this sight-saving surgery – which involves replacing the clouded lens with a clear, durable, artificial lens – is safe and quick, often done in just 12 minutes.
Each Miracle costs just $33, less than the price of two movie tickets or a take-away dinner. It’s effective too, with about 90% of people who have cataract surgery enjoying better vision as a result.
The majority of people living with untreated cataracts are in developing countries where they cannot afford surgery or are unable to access health care, meaning they are going needlessly blind.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on people with disabilities, including those with cataracts, making it even more challenging for them to access life-changing health care and the cataract surgeries that could save their vision.
That’s why now, more than ever, Miracle gifts of $33 can have a profound impact and change someone’s life by restoring their hope and giving them a brighter life full of possibilities.
“Miracles Day gives people like us the opportunity to change someone’s life, for less than it would cost to go out to a movie or a meal with a friend,” says CBM Australia’s Miracles Day Campaign Manager, Mariska Meldrum.
“For many of us, it’s a small sacrifice, but that one act has a huge impact – giving someone living in poverty in a country like Nepal or the Philippines the surgery they need to restore their sight. And it’s something that will change their life forever.”
Last year, despite the impact of Covid19, CBM provided eye screening, examination and treatment to 310,000 people.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all stations as they head into Miracles Day on Thursday. It is encouraging to see more than 30 Christian radio stations joining forces across Australia with the goal of giving 52,000 Miracles of sight-saving surgery to those living needlessly blind from cataracts in the world’s poorest places. And whether a station raises 10 miracles or 10,000 on the day, they all play a crucial role in transforming lives.
Miracles Day gives people of all ages, and from all walks of life, the opportunity to change someone’s life forever - for just $33.
Join with us together to help CBM to change a life forever on Miracles Day - Thursday 18 August.