Raising money for eye hospital

Raising money for eye hospital

Lime and Ice duo Catherine and Chas with Melissa Northcott at the fundraiser dinner.

Former City of Armadale councillor and Seville Grove resident Melissa Northcott raised more than $3000 for the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem at a dinner and auction earlier this month.

The hospital was established for charitable works in Jerusalem in 1882 and is the only charitable provider of expert eye care in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

The dinner included entertainment from singer duo Lime and Ice and guests bid on items like cruises.

Ms Northcott, who is a Member of the Order of St John, wanted to do an event to raise money for cause and support the St John organisation internationally.

“I wanted to get the word out there that saving the lives and eye sight of the most venerable was very important and there is so much more that needs to be known and done, that the St John Eye Hospital needs funds to treat children and adults and give quality of life,” he said.

“I support the eye hospital on a personal level through my involvement with the Order of St John but I wanted it to be more public, this is an organisation that relies on donations, volunteering, nurses been funded, doctors donating time.

“Children, especially deserve to have sight, be able to do normal things despite been in a country affected by war, violence and so much more.

“Having sight, having/giving hope is something everyone deserves and so many take for granted and if I can help in some small way I can.

“I cannot thank the small group that attended on the night and others that donated enough, there generosity was outstanding and humbling.”

The money raised will be used to purchase a direct ophthalmoscope unit, a device the ophthalmologist uses to look inside the patients eye through a small lens and a light.

For more information visit www.stjohneyehospital.org.