One in 3000 babies is born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary disease that attacks the retina, or light-sensitive portion of the eye. There is no cure for the disease, which causes progressive loss of vision and total blindness in many cases.
On Saturday September 25, World Retina Day 2004 is being observed in an effort to raise funds for research and provide information and support for people affected by inherited retinal eye disease.
How you can help Plant Cosmos ‘Bright Eyes’, a beautiful summer annual in the Yates packet seed range. The semi-double flowers are in warm colours, from scarlet through to orange and yellow. The seeds can be started in trays of seed raising mix or sown directly into the garden in a sunny position. They will grow in all areas of Australia. 40 cents from the purchase price of every packet of seeds sold will go to Retina Australia. The seeds cost $3.15 per packet from Yates seed outlets. Purchase an owl badge to help fund research into Retinitis Pigmentosa. The badges cost $2 each. They are available at HCF branches and participating outlets throughout the months of September and October. Attend the charity lunch at Tattersalls Club, Sydney on September 30. Special guests include Trish Fallon from the Opals and ex-Socceroo’s captain, Robbie Slater.
For more information phone Retina Australia on 1800 999 870, or visit the website: www.retinaaustralia.com.au