THE BACK STORY
Michael’s daughter Steele was born very premature in Sri Lanka in 2006 and diagnosed with Retinopathy of Prematurity, a severe visual impairment that nearly always ends in total loss of sight. Extremely concerned, Michael decided to stimulate Steele’s other senses, and so began writing nursery rhymes and silly songs for her. Over the years his writing progressed until in January his book Seeing Better Now was launched at the Galle Literary Festival.
With Steele’s condition in mind, Michael decided to donate part of the proceeds to Nest, an island wide registered charity that cares for children with mental and other severe disabilities across Sri Lanka. Nest’s aims and objectives are to promote justice and understanding in the areas of mental health and wellbeing; to help women, children, families and individuals to cope within their communities; and to lift the yoke of labelling and institutionalisation. Like most developing countries public funds for such matters is minimal or non existent. It is a wonderful cause managed by magnificent volunteers.