To commemorate the birth of former president Nelson Mandela, The Caring Sisters Network a division of the South African Muslim Network together with the Islamic Medical Association, embarked on a gift of sight campaign.

Passionate about eye care and its importance, the campaign aimed to provide free eye screening tests to patients as well as free cataract operations.

The Cataract operations were done at the McCord’s Hospital in Durban and all patients were pre-selected.

Free eye tests were conducted at the IMA optometry clinics within the Mariannhill and Malagazi region. Each patient was given a free pair of reading spectacles as well as blanket to keep warm during this chilly winter.

The campaign facilitated both the elderly and the youth accordingly and over 400 patients were seen to.

Patients were also treated to treats as they waited.

A further 200 Blankets were distributed to the homeless in various areas.

Thus a total of 600 blankets were distributed to those in need during this chilly season.

‘‘Honouring Madiba implies honouring what he taught us” said Yasiera Mahomed Suliman, chairperson of the Caring Sisters Network, by giving back to our community we are able to manifest the true spirit of Ubuntu.

Unfortunately, eye care is often over looked due to other more pressing concerns and being granted the opportunity to have this taken care of brought upon much love, warmth and absolute appreciation.

The campaign was well received and we look forward to assisting further in the near future.