Going blind, for the blind

By Steven Deally

10 years ago, I was a survivor of a violent and unprovoked glassing attack. After the attack, I fell to the ground with my left eye ball split in half, I was losing a lot of blood. I asked a friend to let my family know I loved them. I was 17 years old and I remember thinking, “this could be the end of my life”.

When I made it to hospital, I had urgent surgeries, lasting days. I remember going under general aesthetic in hysterics - there were endless things I wanted to see for the last time. I had been forced to sign waivers for both of my eyes to be removed, I was fully aware that I might wake up blind and never see again.

In a complex series of events, I did extremely well and was very fortunate. I was allowed to go home from hospital on Christmas Day 2011. At that time, I was blind in my left eye but the right eye was in tact. Since then, there have been a number of surgeries and optical experiments. Over the years, I have regained some vision in the left eye and the right eye remains with full vision. I still suffer from many problems associated with these injuries, but I try to be thankful for my eye sight every day. After all, there is so much beauty in the world to see.

Saving my eye sight would not have been possible without the fantastic healthcare system and its staff here in Australia and I consider myself very fortunate. I had access to brilliant eye surgeons, who performed surgeries that only a handful of people in Australia have the skills to do all of these life changing surgeries were at zero cost to me.

After my experiences, I strongly believe that everyone who doesn’t need to be blind, should have access to corrective surgery to restore their eye sight. It’s a tantalising to think, access to resources could prevent one from seeing.

In Fred’s words, “It’s obscene to let people go blind when they don’t have to”. The Fred Hollows Foundation, holds this at their genesis and it’s why I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to support them and make a difference.

So, on December 5, with the help of my family and friends, I will be spending 24 hours blindfolded to raise money for The Fred Hollows Foundation to help cure preventable blindness.

A staggering 4 out of 5 people who are blind, don’t need to be. For $25, The Fred Hollows Foundation is able to restore sight to a needlessly blind person, they do this through training more eye surgeons and health workers and funding eye clinics around the world.

The Foundation is responsible for restoring eye sight to more than 2.5 million people. Currently there are still over 25 million people who are blind, that don’t need to be and we have the power to change this.

If you are unable to help financially, I am also strongly calling for others to please consider joining me to “go blind, for the blind”.  Anyone who would like to join me on this challenge can register their interest with me for either a 8, 16 and 24 hour option. We will be sharing planning tips for the day and you will also have the option to share photos/videos for The Foundation and media releases.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Steven

Thank you to my Sponsors

$200

Tim Paul Bhp Donor

$208.80

Will Doak

Well done mate - keep pushing and strive for greatness. You’re helping so many. Love it

$26.10

Louis Brown

Great work mate!

$104.40

Scott Ellis

He’s freshed it

$25

Jean Maxwell

Super proud of you Steve x

$104.40

Tim Paul

$57.42

Tom Doak

Well done Steve, I am very proud of you and always have been.

$26.10

Sean Grealy

Way to spread awareness brother <3

$100

Jason Edwards

From the Edwards Family ❤️

$26.10

Nick Thornely

Great work, for an amazing cause mate!

$20.88

Amy Turecki

$26.10

Sonum

Amazing cause Steveo!

$26.10

Ron Lim

Good luck Deeeaaallssmate

$25

Dan

Good luck tomorrow mate, such a great cause.

$52.20

Darcy Holland

$100

Greg

Great work mate. Very proud of you!

$20.88

Yunyun Heng

$25

Claire Wadey

Good luck with the challenge Steven. Amazing challenge and amazing cause! Xx

$26.10

Rahre Owen

Spook it up

$114.84

Olivier

Good luck !

$500

Daniel Gilbert

$26.10

Kyran Tyron

Not much has ever held you back mate... I love your work, always. KT x

$100

Ali Paul

You never fail to impress me, goodluck for the day!! Xx

$55

Megan Robson

$150

Katie Walsh

This is such a good cause. Proud of you cuz!

$26.10

Jazzy

Love ya work mate ????

$26.10

Taylor Winter

Love ya work spicey

$26.10

Ilaria Montrone

Great initiative Steven! ♥️

$26.10

Sanjiv Gopal

Gettem deals, miss you brother!

$26.10

Connor Eglinton

$26.10

Georgie Evans

Amazing Deally!

$57.20

Ben King

Best of luck Steven. I hope you be able to find a beer!

$500

Yvonne And John Deally

Hi Steve Great cause , hope it all goes well Love Mum and Dad

$114.40

Liz Paul

Great work Steve!

$114.40

Ann Marie

Bravo Steven.

$223.60

Mary O’toole

Brilliant cause Steven, happy to support! ?

$104

Jacqueline Ellen Carmichael

Thank you for supporting such a wonderful cause and making a difference to so many people!!

$114.40

Sonia And Henry Moore

Well done Steven ?

$26

Alexander Burrows

$26

Tim Hoskin

$26

Andreevski Nikola

$25

Kayla Sunman

$26

Hannah Davison

$15.60

Mia Wilson

$55

Fern Johnson

$26

Connor Eglinton

$100

Lou De Visser

$26

Charlotte Rule

$114.40

Rory James Stanway

The world is lucky you’re still here mate, love your work.

$26

Jean (deally) Maxwell

You’re amazing x

$26

Euginia

$26

Dhruv Sharma

Great cause Steve

$52

Andrew Burgess

$50

Ash

Great work!!

$50.96

Sanam

Im always so proud to call you a friend and proud of everything you accomplish and set out to do! Love you ?

$57.20

Ian Usher

Great cause, well done mate

$57.20

Madeleine Yue

$62.40

Joel

$26

Julie Bever

$26

Geoff Matters

$55

Ella Briggs

You’re inspiring, bud xx

$104

Peng Chutrakul

A great cause my friend, I wake up blind every morning until I find my contacts, wouldn't want anyone to have to go through that for the rest of their life.

$26

Jess Burns

You’re amazing Steve, what an absolute battle with such a positive attitude. So much love to you xxx

$26

Anonymous

$26

Rebecca Thring

$52

Vanwylder

Good on you mate

$26

Anonymous

$57.20

Sam Wilson

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