Man pleads for help

Partially-blind Peniasi Vakalolo holding up his assistance request letter. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

A FORMER restaurant chef who is partially blind and has dreams of looking after his family is pleading for help from the public before it’s too late.

Peniasi Vakalolo lost vision in his right eye four years ago and started complaining of sudden loss of vision in his left eye in July last year.

The 34-year-old is now collecting funds to cater for his accommodation and meals to undergo a left eye retinal detachment surgery at the BLK Hospital in New Delhi, India.

The total treatment cost is $16,000 which has been fully covered by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. “I stopped working in August last year because of blurred vision in my left eye,” he said.

“I want to have my eyesight back to work and look after my family in the village. “I am the only one supporting them.”

He has to raise $6500 for his meals and accommodation. So far he has only collected $400 through donations from some staff members of Westpac, who works with his neighbour’s daughter.

“Life has been hard,” Mr Vakalolo said.

“I am asking for your help to retain my eyesight.

“All I do now is pray every day for strength.

“I totally left behind everything. This journey has been life changing for me — I have learnt to know what is wrong with my life and what I need to work on.”

Those wishing to help can give through Bank South Pacific (BSP) account name and number: Peniasi Vakalolo (Acc No. 81007513).

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