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Seeing is Believing

The official Standard Chartered Great City Race 2016 beneficiary is Seeing is Believing.

Seeing is Believing is a charitable initiative which helps tackle avoidable blindness around the world. All funds will be matched by Standard Chartered helping to make a long term and positive impact to the lives of thousands of people.


The 2016 Standard Chartered Great City Race aims to raise USD 100,000 for the official race beneficiary, Seeing is Believing. The intention is to earmark the funds raised to the ongoing East Africa Seeing is Believing Child Eye Health programme.

All funds will be matched pound for pound by Standard Chartered Bank.

Out of the USD 100 million Seeing is Believing has committed to help tackle avoidable blindness across the world, USD 25million has been set aside to focus specifically on child eye health.

In 2016, all funds raised by the Great City Race for Seeing is Believing will be earmarked for a new project in Zambia to provide eye care services in four underserved districts in Muchinga Province and Eastern Province. The three-year project targets to reach over 100,000 people through cataract surgery, treatment, eye examinations, distribution of spectacles, eye health education and training of eye health workers.

In Zambia, eye infections are the seventh main cause of hospital visits, accounting for 31% of all out-patients registered at public facilities. The estimated prevalence of blindness is at 2.29% and the prevalence of visual impairment is at 8.71%, with the major cause of blindness being cataract (47.2%).

A sight restoring cataract operation costs as little as USD30, while a pair of spectacles can cost just USD16. Such treatments are life-changing for the affected individuals and their families. Treating avoidable blindness not only tackles a health issue but also allows people to regain their education, livelihood, and independence.

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“Every team of four who enter this year’s will provide enough funding to train 1 health worker in Primary Eye Care”