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Officer Queenie Europa

During our recent surgical visit to the Philippines we met the delightful Queenie Europa. At just four years old Queenie’s vision was severely damaged when a soccer ball hit her hard in the face. Without surgery she had the potential to become completely blind in both her eyes.

Queenie’s mother told us Queenie had become too frightened to go outside because she couldn’t see well enough to stop something else hitting her. Due to their financial situation her family were terrified that Queenie would never have the chance to see well enough to go to school and her chances for normal life would be limited.

Queenie check upWhen they learned about the Foresight surgical visit they jumped at the chance to have Queenie seen by the surgeons. Queenie had surgery and immediately her vision improved. She’ll need another procedure when the team return next year but for now her dream of becoming a police woman are back on track.

We hope to see Officer Queenie Europa patrolling the streets of Santiago City someday in the future.

For more information about the recent Foresight visit to the Philippines go to our program update.

Images top: Queenie before her surgery, bottom: Queenie waiting patiently for her check up post surgery.



Join the Foresight team to run, or walk the City2Surf 2015. Not only will you be part of one of the best fun runs in Sydney but you’ll be helping Foresight raise awareness and funds to alleviate avoidable blindness in the Asia Pacific Region.


To register for the event and sign up for online fundraising follow the below steps.

STEP 1: Click here to go to the City2Surf website and fill in the entry details. You will be asked if you are part of a team – say yes anCITY TO SURF 2015 copyd select Foresight Australia as your team. Our team password is Foresight2015. Pay your entry fee and take note of the day and times to collect your racing number. NOTE: Do not select a charity to raise funds for from the list provided instead see STEP 2 below to set up your Foresight fundraising page. Also note that we are not one of the Gold Charity Entries so do not enter via Gold Charity.

STEP 2: Click here to go to the Everyday Hero website and set up your online fundraising page.

STEP 3: Email, Facebook or write to all your friends and ask for their support for your event.

If you require help with any of the above steps please call Rachel in the Foresight Office on 02 8021 3632.

Once you’re registered we will email you with more details about the day and our Foresight t-shirts.