This summer when I was in Bali, I wanted to do or make some sort of fundraiser that could give back and be linked with eco and sustainable tourism. My mother had the wonderful idea that I could raise funds for the John Fawcett Foundation, a charity which gives free cataract, and cleft pallet surgeries to Indonesians in need. They do lots of good work and have a mobile clinic that travels around Bali and all over Indonesia, giving back villagers their right to sight. The cataract operation for an adult costs $60 USD and I thought that I could help.
After much brainstorming, I came up with the final plan of doing a rice paddy walk with guests from my parents little hotel, Bambu Indah, across the river, through the fields, tasting many native fruits, and explaining the culture and agriculture of Bali's villages. What I did was very unique because it allowed people to have a raw and real experience of Bali. I had suggested each guest contribute $60 and got donations as well. All in all I raised 14 million Rupiah which rounds to about $1,400. With this money I gave 23 people sight.
This was my letter to the Bambu Indah Guests:
My name is Chiara Hardy I am 13 and I want to make it possible for Indonesians with cataracts to see. I am connected with the John Fawcett foundation, a non-profit organization that gives free operations to Indonesians that have cataracts and cleft palate. The foundation has been offering free surgeries for 22 years, serving 22,000 Indonesians with Cataracts. You can find out more about the organization here.
From their mobile clinic, the John Fawcett team gives villagers who need it, free on the spot surgery. The operation takes 20 minutes using local anesthesia and villagers are amazed when they step off the bus and they can see clearly for the first time in years.
I would like to offer you an opportunity to give another Indonesian the power to see.
I want to take you on a scenic 1.5 hour walk into and over a river valley, through the rice fields, with a traditional balinese breakfast in a banana leaf.
I would love for each person to be able to sponsor one eye surgery.
The cost per eye is 600,000 rupiah, about $60
Please join me on Saturday the 20th and 27th at 7am in the Bambu Indah restaurant.
To ask questions or to RSVP please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at +62 812 38308831