New film highlights the impact of the Trust’s life changing work across the Commonwealth

New film highlights the impact of the Trust’s life changing work across the Commonwealth

A new film released today celebrates the heroic work of just a few of the thousands of people who have built the Trust’s legacy in honour of Her Majesty The Queen.

Working to a five-year timeframe, the Trust’s mission has been to leave a lasting legacy in all Commonwealth countries by working in alliance towards eliminating avoidable blindness and to empower a new generation of young leaders.

Through the collective efforts of many, lives have been transformed in every single Commonwealth country in honour of Her Majesty The Queen. This film, A Lasting Legacy, shines a spotlight on those who have worked tirelessly to make our work possible.

Narrated by 2018 Queen’s Young Leader Award winner Harry Phinda, the 10-minute film highlights how the legacy of the Trust will continue in the work of the Queen’s Young Leaders and the millions of families who will not be burdened by the loss of sight.

Drawing upon the stories of those told in previous Trust films, A Lasting Legacy features moments from Now She Can See, which tells the story of Kotido, a school boy from Northern Uganda who is tackling trachoma in his community.

The film also revisits Opening Eyes, which follows Musfeka, a woman from a remote community in Bangladesh, who against the odds is raising awareness of diabetes across the country and saving the sight of thousands.

Snippets of A Life with Sight also feature, telling the story of Dr Subhadra Jalali – a world-class ophthalmologist, mother and mentor who has led the way in the fight to tackle blindness in premature babies since cases were first identified in India over two decades ago.

The story of Dr Hillary Rono is also retold, featuring highlights from Double Joy, which follows the Kenyan Ophthalmologist as he works to improve eye care in rural communities in Kenya by using smartphone-based eye screening systems.

The film also looks back at the journey of the Queen’s Young Leaders who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform people’s lives, working to tackle some of the Commonwealth’s most pressing issues, including climate change, mental health and access to education.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of the Trust, says:

“The work of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust has been entirely centred on - and driven by - truly remarkable people. People like Musfeka who courageously visits community after community to inform individuals of the risk diabetes poses to their sight. Kotido, who has lead the charge in freeing his village and others around him of trachoma once and for all. And Harry, who will not rest until his mission to benefit others is complete. This film tells the story of the Trust through the voices of just a small few of the people we’ve had the privilege to support. We couldn’t be prouder of it or more grateful to each and every one of the thousands of individuals across the Commonwealth whose dedication has enabled the Trust create a lasting legacy in honour of Her Majesty The Queen.” 

The full film can be watched here