Following the ancient Khmer Path between Phnom Penh and Siam Reap I will run from temple to temple and finish at the gate of the famous Angkor Wat, 6 days and 220km later.
From sand dunes and camels to 1,000 year old temples and their history. It will certainly be a cultural experience, running through the playground of Lara Croft and her tomb raiders.
Cambodia is also a country where The Fred Hollows Foundation has worked for years helping restore sight to thousands of needlessly blind people. Since the start of The Foundation’s work in 1998 the prevalence of avoidable blindness has declined by 68%.
However still tens of thousands of Cambodians can’t work to support themselves or their families because they’re needlessly blind. Women are more than twice as likely as men to suffer cataract blindness.
In 2015 in Cambodia alone The Fred Hollows Foundation has performed over 13,000 eye operations and screened the eyes of over 86,000 people. In addition The Foundation made sure over 1,3 million school children received eye health education through their school curriculum; trained over 1,600 community health works and clinic support staff and paid the education for 11 additional eye surgeons.
There are an estimated 43,000 cataract operations needed each year to address the current numbers of blind people and to keep up with new cases. Such an operation is a simple 20 minute procedure and can cost as little as $25.
Sadly most people are unable to either afford the operation or don’t know it’s available to them.
Following in the footsteps of Indiana Jones, I will race across Cambodia hoping to make a difference to those people and help them getting back their sight and a second chance in life.
I need your help – together we can make a difference and leave a lasting impact.