A lifetime of generosity

Woman wearing sunglasses holds up binoculars, with tress in the background.
Audrey Wilson worked as an environmental education teacher throughout her career and has had a lifelong passion for helping others – including animals and birds. She’s been donating to Operation Eyesight since our early days and still gives today because she’s seen our impact first-hand.
Written by Colin Zak, published on September 8, 2023 Sign up for eNews

Audrey Wilson, 88, first learned about Operation Eyesight from an uncle who attended a talk given by Dr. Ben Gullison, whose work in Sompeta, India inspired Art Jenkyns to start our organization in 1963.

“Nearly six decades ago, that meeting planted seeds that have grown into a lifetime of giving,” Audrey recalls. “It was one of the first charities I gave to, and I still give today.”

Audrey’s passion for supporting our mission eventually led her to travel to India in 200 with Dr. Gullison’s daughter, Marilyn Gullison, who had spent much of her childhood in Sompeta.

Male patients sitting along a wall, with a banner advertising an eye camp in the background.
During her trip to India in 2000 to see Operation Eyesight’s work in action, Audrey visited a number of eye screening camps, including the one pictured here.

“We travelled across the country in what looked like a school bus to many different hospitals and surgical camps where Operation Eyesight’s work was in action,” Audrey says. “We saw patients being picked up and transported to their procedures and even observed a cataract surgery.”

Audrey says the journey to India left a lasting impact on her.

“Great compassion and commitment was shown by all,” she says. “Operation Eyesight is still doing great work, and that’s why I continue to give.”

Learn more about Operation Eyesight’s history here.

Thank you for your incredible support, Audrey!

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