Top Irish Paralympian steps up for sight this July

June 4, 2021
Greta Streimikyte sitting on the race track
Greta Streimikyte, Steps for Sight Ambassador

European record holder Greta Streimikyte is supporting our fundraising challenge Steps for Sight.

Greta, who won gold this week at the European Para-Athletics Championships, is calling on people of all ages and abilities to walk, wheel or run to support the quarter of a million people living with sight loss in Ireland.

The Lithuanian-born 1500m runner’s eyesight was damaged at birth. Born prematurely, Greta was placed in an incubator which led to retinopathy (damage to the retina). The 25 year old hasn’t let her eyesight hold her back and Greta hopes to represent Ireland in the Tokyo Paralympic Games later this summer.

Steps for Sight aims to raise vital funds for Irish charity Fighting Blindness. The charity’s mission is to cure blindness and support people living with sight loss in Ireland. Participants are asked to walk, wheel or run a marathon (42km/26 miles) in the month of July or take part on their 10km Race Day on Saturday 31 July.

Fighting Blindness is one of its4women’s charities of choice and the Irish insurance brand is sponsoring Steps for Sight for the second year in a row.

Greta is proud to be an ambassador for the charity, “It has been a difficult year for Irish charities and I’m delighted to use my platform to support Fighting Blindness. Steps for Sight is their main fundraising event this year – every cent raised will support their mission to cure blindness and support people living with sight loss.”

Kerry Beckett, Marketing Manager for its4women said, “We chose Fighting Blindness as one of our nominated charities in early 2020 and have been supporting the team in their efforts to save sight and change lives. We’re so proud to work with an ambassador like Greta Streimikyte. She’s an incredibly dedicated young woman. For the second year in a row, our team is looking forward to taking part in Steps for Sight and raising vital funds for Fighting Blindness.”

Kevin Whelan, CEO of Fighting Blindness, added, “We’re thrilled to have Greta as one of our ambassadors. We’re very hopeful she’ll bring a medal home later this summer! Demand for our free support services has increased significantly over the past 12 months but our ability to fundraise in the community has severely decreased. We ask everyone in Ireland to step up for sight this July and support our work.”

Sign up for Steps for Sight today!