SightFighters Unite for City2Surf
in Fundraising, Paediatrics, News
12 Aug 2014
The Save Sight Institute was proudly represented at the famous City2Surf by its team of dedicated SightFighters.
Ophthalmologists, patients, researchers, donors and friends completed the gruelling 14 kilometres in style.
Lisa Xenophondos is one such dedicated SightFighter who was back to do the City2Surf for the second year in a row, walking to raise money and awareness for research at the Save Sight Institute.
“My sister and my two beautiful nephews have Retinitis Pigmentosa” said Lisa. “Every discovery that the researchers make brings us one step closer to finding a cure for this insidious disease which is slowly causing blindness for people in my family.”
Lisa finished the walk in around three hours, stopping for photos and to chat with other entrants along the way.
“My love and passion for eye research and the people it helps is what pushed me over the finish line with a big smile” she said. “It’s such a special day, great community spirit, I’m proud to be a part of it. I love to watch everyone else in the C2S who is there to represent their own special causes with inspiration, passion, determination, love and commitment. It makes me feel great to be alive!”.
Last year the SightFighter’s from the Save Sight Institute formed their first team, and more proactive people joined in again this year.
According to Professor Peter McCluskey, director of the Save Sight Institute “This was my second year doing the City2Surf. The crowds and community spirit in force are what makes the event so exciting to be a part of, and I beat my own time this year which I’m quite pleased with! It’s a great opportunity for us doctors and researchers to walk side by side with our patients, raising money for something which is important to both of us. I encourage all to join with us next year!”
To become a SightFighter, please contact the Save Sight Institute.