FUND-RAISING: Donate to help prevent disease

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I am an ambassador for Sightsavers and we’re on a mission to wipe out a blinding disease called trachoma.

With readers’ support, we can make history.

Every blink is agony, and without treatment for trachoma people could go blind.

Trachoma is an agonising, debilitating disease that traps people in a vicious cycle of pain, blindness and poverty.

Yet trachoma is totally preventable.

Sightsavers distributes an antibiotic to treat trachoma at a cost of as little as 15p per treatment.

Readers can join the fight to help eliminate this painful disease by donating to Sightsavers.

Here’s the best bit, and the reason I’m writing to you now — all donations made before May 15 will be matched by the UK Government, pound for pound, up to a total of £2million.

I hope that knowing your gift will go twice as far this Easter will inspire you to give.

There are so many people who desperately need your help.

Eliminating trachoma also has a transformational effect on the lives of some of the most marginalised people.

It is about restoring sight and enabling these people to return to their normal day-to-day activities.

Readers’ donations will be used to support Sightsavers’ work wherever the need is greatest.

The matched funds raised through UK Aid Match will support work to prevent and treat blinding trachoma in Tanzania.

If you want to get involved, please head on over to www.sightsavers.org/aidmatch

Alternatively, you can give Sightsavers a call on 0800 089 2020.

Sunetra Sarker

Actress and Sightsavers Ambassador