Newsletter Page 6
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Consultant Ophthalmologist Gurjeet Jutley will be taking on the gruelling 3 peaks challenge for O A B. Here is what he had to say about it: “At an early stage at medical school, I had a passion for voluntary work. Whether organising fundraising events or helping build orphanages, helping those in need was the main reason I read medicine.
As my career progressed, I took the skills I accrued to use them in the most useful way possible. As a trainee surgeon, I volunteered in eye camps in India and worked in Bangladesh, affording insight into how satisfying helping those who have great need is.
More over, by engaging in conversations with these patients, I fully began to understand the impact of sight loss, both the physical and mental aspects. I vowed I would give back as much as I could.
Since March 2017, I have been associated with the O A B. Initially through Ana and Mark, although now I feel as though I know the whole gang and am part of the family! The work they do is awe inspiring and give hope/love to those who truly need it. It’s my honour to have the opportunity to go to the O A B and give monthly talks: the inner joy I get cannot be matched. I hope we can raise awareness and funds for the noble ideals the O A B stand for through the three peaks challenge by two unfit doctors!
You can sponsor Gurjeet by going to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/threepeaksOAB or contact the fundraising team.
Why I’m leaving a legacy to O A B
Being a volunteer with Oxfordshire Association for the Blind has literally been an eye opening experience that has made me truly thankful for the wonderful gift of sight, which, like most people, I had always taken for granted. I realise that I am very fortunate. Not everyone will have the chance to meet O A B’s inspiring clients. Not everyone will see first- hand the dedication and hard work that the staff put in to helping their clients live happy, fulfilled and normal lives. But there is something that everyone can do. Like me you can leave O A B a legacy in your will. It’s quick and simple to do and will make a huge difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people. Please don’t wait until it is too late.
O A B Volunteer Home Visitor.