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Apl.de.ap donates retinal camera to Pampanga hospital for visually impaired kids

/ 11:22 AM February 21, 2019
Apl.de.ap donates to Pampanga hospital

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Apl.de.ap of hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas continues to inspire with his advocacies including curing blindness and visual impairments in the country.

Apl.de.ap, Allan Pineda Lindo in real life, was born clinically blind in Sapang Bato, Pampanga, and only got treatment for his eye condition in the United States through the Pearl S. Buck Foundation. These days, he is paying the goodwill forward by donating a retinal camera to a Pampanga hospital through a foundation of his own: The Apldeap Foundation. 

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He shared a series of photos from the initiative via social media and showed him testing the retinal camera while at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga.

According to Apl.de.ap, this is the second retinal camera his foundation has donated outside Manila.

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“The Apldeap Foundation delivered our first retinal camera outside of Manila to Davos [Davao City]. And today we delivered our second one to the Jose B Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital Pampanga,” he shared to his fans on Feb. 19.

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Four years ago we set out on a mission: to take part in curing blindness and visual impairments in the Philippines. The Apldeap Foundation delivered our first retinal camera outside of Manila to Davos. And today we delivered our second one to the Jose B Lingad Memorial Regional Hospita Pampanga. I want to thank wanted to give a special thanks to – The Knghits Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. – the Campaign for Filipino Children, – Western Union – ALQ Foundation – the Philippine Academy of Opthalmology and special thanks to @delendot for helping make this all possible. Together, we can help the Philippines see a little clearer. #AplOfMyEye

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A week before, Apl.de.ap reminisced on social media about the first time they donated a retinal camera outside of Manila.

As per Apl.de.ap, the equipment is used to detect retinopathy of prematurity — a condition that leaves infants blind.

“As part of the Apl of My Eye campaign, it had been a goal of mine to bring forth modern day technology to help prevent people from suffering the same visual impairments that I have,” he wrote on Feb. 14.

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#tbt a couple years back it was my honor to donate the first retinal camera to the Philippines outside of Manila. The camera is used to help detect Retinopathy of Prematurity, a condition that leaves infants blind. As part of the Apl of My Eye campaign, it had been a goal of mine to bring forth modern day technology to help prevent people from suffering the same visual impairments that I have. Next week, I’ll be bringing the second one to Pampanga. Maybe one day, a kid from Sapang Bato won’t have to go through the same challenges I did. Thank you for every one of my sponsors who will help make this possible. #AplofMyEye #apldeapfoundation #everyoneshouldsee

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He is also hopeful for the children in the future, adding, “Maybe one day, a kid from Sapang Bato won’t have to go through the same challenges I did.”  /ra

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