Ann met petrol attendant Andries while filling up for petrol one day; she noticed he struggled with his eyes and decided to help by raising funds to get him a life-changing surgery.
Cape Town, South Africa (01 June 2021) – Ann Bennetts met Petrol Attendant Andries Mphthi some time ago. She started to notice he was having trouble seeing the numbers on the card machine. Ann asked Andries what was wrong, and he explained that he was losing his sight.
Andries works as a petrol attendant at an Engen garage in Cape Town and needs his job. However, with his eyes taking strain, his job is at risk. Andries has been on the cataracts surgery waiting list at Groote Schuur for many years, and the longer he waits, the worse his eyes become. He has a genuine fear of going blind before his name is called.
Ann was deeply moved by this and decided to lend a helping hand to raise funds to get Andries the surgery he needs. She reached out to the Wembly Eye Clinic.
“Wembley Eye Clinic in Athlone does cataract surgery at about R10,000 an eye, which is at least 50% less than most private surgeons. I have registered Andries at the clinic and hope the waiting list is not too long. I have been in contact with the Dealer and Manager and have their support for the campaign.” – Ann Bennetts
Ann has managed to raise just under R10,000, so with a few more donations, they will be able to do the first surgery for Andries. With one eye sorted, they can then focus on raising funds for the second eye.
Ann won’t give up and hope that people who hear Andries’ story will help in getting his sight back. Andries is only 45-years-old and still has many working years to provide for his family. However, his fears are something we can all relate to as well.
If you would like to help them reach the first R10,000, you can do so via BackaBuddy here. At the time of writing, they were just R600 away from reaching the first surgery.