Sightsavers: Changing Lives Around the World

There are many individuals and companies around the world giving back to others less fortunate. Great companies and people, donate time and talents with no expectation of return.


Sightsavers is a wonderful organization. Started in 1950 by Sir John Wilson and Lady Jean Wilson. The organization has transformed the lives of millions. Sightsavers America works to treat every child and adult with sight problems realize their potential.


Six children in metro Atlanta are finding out firsthand, what Sightsavers is doing to improve lives. The kids, ranging in age from 4 to 19 are all considered legally blind. The kids are from Fulton, Gwinnet, and Dekalb counties.


Sightsavers of America has given special pieces of equipment, which help the children to see better. The Onyx electronic video magnifier and other assistive technologies are life-changing for these kids. Each year the Pelham, Alabama based non-profit and other philanthropic organizations donate dozens of these machines in 13 states.


The Onyx video magnifier costs about $2,600 each and insurance does not provide for it. The cost is over what households can pay. With the support of Sightsavers, the kids picked up their machines May 15 at the Center for the Visually Impaired Midtown.


The Onyx video magnifier dramatically improves contrast and helps to magnify objects up to 131 times. Through Gia’s Eyes Foundation, Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation and Speedway Children’s Charities donated the machines. VFO, who builds the Onyx video magnifiers, also donated machines to the effort.


The life-changing equipment helps these kids become independent. Normally, the children must rely on family or friends to help them read and understand the text. Reading is difficult because each word must be looked at independently and then the whole text needs understanding. The Onyx makes such a difference. With the equipment, kids get right to work. The goal is to be independent and do the work on their own.


Diane Arceneaux, a college park resident, has retinitis pigmentosa. A disease where the retina is damaged. Diane feels the Onyx will help achieve the goals she has set for herself. The equipment will help her finish the tests and understand the words better.


Another child using the Onyx is Alecia, a fifth-grader at Asa G. Hilliard Elementary in East Point. Alecia says the equipment is easy to use. Her vision increased dramatically with the machine.

Sightsavers, transforming lives around the world.

Bob Reina: He’s Bound and Determined

It has often been said that you can learn a lot about a person by how they carry themselves and how they handle life. Bob Reina has always handled life in the best possible way. He has handled it with grace, dignity, and determination. He is not going to let anything get in his way and he is not going to let anything stop him. For a lot of people, when they see an obstacle or a challenge, they might just call it quits. It is too much trouble and too much of a hassle. That is not the case with Bob Reina. He rises to the challenge and he will defeat it.


He has done all of this while remaining humble and keeping his eye on the prize, which is his mission to change lives. He firmly believes what he says. He does not say things just to say things. When Bob Reina comes out and puts his name on something, you better believe it is going to come true. It is going to get people talking and it is going to change lives, as mentioned. Talk Fusion has done that for countless people. These were people that were down on their luck or had given up hope.


Bob Reina does not want anyone to give up hope or throw in the towel. He wants them to make something special with Talk Fusion, the video chat company that has it all and then some. Bob Reina is going to give someone the tools to succeed. After that, it is up to them to ride the wave and really go after it. Bob Reina has heard the success stories and he knows that people can use Talk Fusion for good. He has certainly used it for good with free trials and donations to the Tampa Bay Humane Society.


When someone is down on their luck, we should not look the other way or pretend like they don’t exist. We should be there to lend a helping hand. That is the Bob Reina way, and it has worked wonders for many. Learn more: