Clinic Blog: 2011 Mexico Clinic Blog
June 1, 2011
Day 9: successful day at the Clinic, followed by pin ceremony and silent auction
There is no need to spend any more words on how great this team is: on how committed we are, how much care of take of each patient, how efficiently we work,... After all, numbers are pretty much self-explanatory, and today number is....(suspense).... 1,460
Since we started, we have met approximately 7,000+ patients. In a big picture, they all might seem to share a similar story, but if you look a bit closer you see how each of them is unique. Like Senora Lucia, 66 years old, with no family and making a living embroidering. We can only imagine how hard it must have been for her to get by these past years... Thanks to her new glasses, she can work again and live a more comfortable life. Or like a another patient who was so happy with her new glasses, that she made a flower with a string of paper and gave to the volunteer that helped her. She has received the gift of sight, but I am sure Marinella (from Italy) will treasure that flower for ever.
To those reading this blog: all of this would not be possible without the people that support OneSight through fundraising and/or glasses recycling. An example, is the work done by Paige, 15, in the UK. Paige is Liam's daughter: she has not only donated her glasses to OneSight, but she has also been fundraising as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. Way to go Paige!!!
After another day at the Clinic, we came back to the hotel for a very special evening. During the official "pin ceremony" we stopped for a few minutes to really think about how this experience is affecting us as individual, how helping people is helping us, and how we are building strong frienships. We all received a pin to remind us of how powerful a group of people can be, how our lives are affected by the people we meet, and that help is always mutually beneficial.
And last but not least, it was time to keep supporting OneSight with our silent auction. It was a lot of fun, we all have "memorabilia" to bring home and, most of all, we raised more than $4,000. PRETTY AWESOME!
2 more days to go! We will be back soon with much more!