Specsavers Greater Geelong is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Fred Hollows Foundation by once again joining forces to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye care.
Customers are encouraged to come in store and purchase limited-edition eyewear and sunglasses designed by Indigenous artist Sarrita King, with $25 from each pair sold going to the foundation to help carry on Fred’s vision and to save people’s sight.
It is estimated that more than 18,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over the age of 40 live with visual impairment or blindness.
However, over 90% of eye problems experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are preventable or treatable.
“We are proud to support programs that address some of the key issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people when it comes to improving eye health and vision, and we want the community to join us. on this adventure,” Specsavers Waurn said Ponds optometrist Darren Couch.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are three times more likely to have vision loss or blindness than other Australians, and we want that to change.
“We can’t thank the community enough for their continued support, but there’s still work to be done to close the eye health gap.”
The artwork featured on the frames this year is titled ‘Lightning Bolt’ and depicts the memory of electrical storms in the tropical climate of Darwin, where Sarrita King spent her youth.
Mr Couch spoke of the importance of the campaign saying the donations would directly support the employment of an Aboriginal eye health worker at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in Fitzroy, and their work in providing eye health care to communities Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.
The campaign, now in its seventh year, has seen Specsavers and the Fred Hollows Foundation share a common goal of closing the eye health gap by working collaboratively with Aboriginal and Strait Islander communities. Torres.
To date, Specsavers Geelong has contributed $38,000 to the $5 million donated by the eye care retailer.
Specsavers hopes to donate an additional $1 million to the foundation this year.
You can buy the limited edition frames at Specsavers stores in Ryrie Street, Westfield Geelong, Belmont, Waurn Ponds, Corio and Leopold.
Make an appointment by visiting specsavers.com.au/stores