08 April 2016
Mother of six and business entrepreneur Rabia Abdul-Hakim has Mount Snowdon firmly in her sights – in a bid to raise £5,000 for eye charity Focus Birmingham.
Rabia and her six children are gearing up to climb the mountain in north Wales in aid of sight loss charity, Focus Birmingham, a cause dear to her heart.
Rabia, who writes children’s books under the name of Lady Rabia, has been battling eye health problems since childhood and was diagnosed with a degenerative corneal disease called Keratoconus while in her 20s.
But despite her condition the former Taekwondo champion from the Cayman Islands has created her own publishing and media company, ContessaBlack Entertainment.
Rabia, aged 43, who lives in Stratford-upon-Avon, has now signed up for Focus Birmingham’s Climb Snowdon challenge on April 23.
The mother-of-six said: “My vision loss has been quite daunting, especially while I was bringing up a family, writing books, and trying to start a business, but I was determined not to let it get the better of me.
“I want to use my experience as a platform to help others. Organisations like Focus Birmingham truly have a life-altering impact for people with sight loss. The services and equipment they provide help children and adults to study, work, communicate and live independently. I want to help Focus Birmingham continue to help others and I believe that together we can make a difference.”
Until recently Rabia was managing her condition with the use of special contact lenses because spectacles could not correct her vision. But lens intolerance has now made her dependent on the use of visual aids ranging from magnification and text software to an audio reader and portable electronic magnifier.
Rabia says of trekking with restricted vision: “I’m used to challenges. This is an exciting event and I hope the Birmingham public will join us as well as help us reach our fundraising target.”