Every so often a Maltese kid comes along and takes the internet by storm. Meet Jake Camilleri, a young boy with big dreams of becoming an astronaut and a personality that will melt your heart.
Jake was two when his parents realised he was visually impaired. If he removes his glasses, everything goes fuzzy and he can’t even recognise people.
“With specs, I see everything whole,” he says.
“I feel cool, because there aren’t many people with this condition, but at the same time I feel alone because people don’t really know what it feels like.”
Jake then speaks about his dreams of becoming an astronaut and why he’ll probably have to give them up to become a policeman or a pilot instead.
Jake is the face of the upcoming telethon of the Malta Trust Foundation, a foundation set up by ex-President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca that helps young people with various conditions.
In Jake’s case, the Malta Trust Foundation provided him with a magnifying machine that helps him read. The foundation also provides devices to help children with autism to communicate and glasses that use artificial intelligence to explain what is happening.
The telethon will take place on Saturday afternoon until midnight on all Maltese TV stations.
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