A Haywards Heath-born YouTube presenter will travel to Africa this weekend to support local development charity Sightsavers in launching its latest appeal.
Doug Armstrong, 24, will present a live Google+ digital event on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 October in aid of the campaign named A Million Miracles.
The broadcast will enable viewers around the world to share in real time the journey of 69-year-old Winesi March as he has his sight restored and can see his baby grandson for the first time.
Doug will meet Winesi, who has been blind from cataracts for two years, and his family at their remote home before accompanying them to the hospital.
From there Doug, who has his own YouTube channel, will present the live broadcast of Winesi’s cataract surgery at 1.30pm on October 8.
Doug grew up living in Plumpton Green with his parents and attended Ardingly College and then Central Sussex College. From there he went to University in Bristol before finally moving to London.
Having never travelled to Africa before Doug commented: “I’m extremely excited to go to Africa for the first time. It’s going to be a real eye opener having never been anywhere like Malawi before. I’m looking forward to getting to know Winesi and meeting his family.”
“Through this project I want to inspire and show the younger generations just how easy it is for them to help people less fortunate than themselves.”
A Million Miracles aims to raise £30 million to support one million sight-restoring surgeries in some of the poorest countries in the world.
To watch the See the Miracle broadcast live from Malawi at 1.30pm, on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 October visit www.millionmiracles.org. You can also follow Doug’s trip to Malawi via social media at http://twitter.com/douga_