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Back in the saddle and riding for sight

news_ride_for_sight_Eva1Research Fellow, new mum and cycling enthusiast Dr Eva Fenwick is looking forward to this year’s Lions Ride for Sight – well, most of it. “I recently rode 50 kilometres around the Kew Boulevard hills and was hobbling around, stiff and sore for a couple of days afterwards. Riding the Strezlecki Ranges will be make or break!”

But even the thought of those hills isn’t enough to deter Eva from riding in her sixth Ride for Sight. “I only missed last year because I was seven months pregnant. It’s a truly amazing experience. The camaraderie is wonderful: sleeping on floors in scout halls with 50 other people, sharing big dinners with Lions club members, and pushing yourself to your physical and mental limits and beyond.”

Ride for Sight raises important funds and awareness about the work of the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and we are grateful to the Lions for their continued commitment to supporting eye research.

This year, money raised will go towards CERA’s programs to improve patient health care and quality of life, including developing ways for people with low vision to better manage depression.

The impact of vision loss on mental health and quality of life can be profound, with figures suggesting around one in three vision impaired adults suffer from depression. Despite the availability of a range of effective treatments, depression often remains undetected and untreated in vision impaired adults.

“I know how devastating the impact of vision impairment can be. I also have first-hand experience with how vision loss affects day to day life and well-being with close family members suffering from retinal disease and glaucoma,” remarked Eva.

You can help save sight and change lives by sponsoring Eva’s ride. Donations by direct deposit are accepted.

Account name: Lions Clubs International District 201 V3 – Ride for Sight Account
BSB: 083-953 Account Number: 11772 0351
Please note: include your surname and Eva’s name as payment reference.

The 2014 Lions Ride for Sight runs from 3 to 6 April and winds through West and South Gippsland.

For more information, please call Bethan Hazell on 1300 737 757 or email bethan.hazell@unimelb.edu.au.