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ON A MISSION TO HELP CLOSE THE INDIGENOUS EYE HEALTH GAP

Specsavers is celebrating the 30-year anniversary of The Fred Hollows Foundation by once again joining forces to make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples eye care more visible. To date, Specsavers has contributed $5 million towards The Foundation’s programs in Australia, with hopes of donating a further $1 million this year.

Specsavers and The Fred Hollows Foundation share a mutual goal of closing the gap in eye health by working collaboratively with communities to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples can access high quality, culturally safe and patient centric eye care, while delivering life changing surgery and treatment to people in remote communities across Australia.

This is the seventh year that Specsavers and The Fred Hollows Foundation have come together to launch limited edition frames to raise awareness and funds for The Foundation, with this year’s frames featuring the artwork of contemporary Aboriginal artist, Sarrita King.

At 32 years old Sarrita King lives in Darwin, N.T where she spent most of her youth. The Northern Territory continues to be the source of much of her creative inspiration along with the stories her father, the late, William King Jungala, shared with her.

The artwork featured on the frames this year is called ‘Lightning’. Representing the memory of the electrical storms in the tropical climate of Darwin where Sarrita spent her youth, this painting captures the subtle beauty within the storm and the way in which the elements gracefully twist and turn between the dramatic lightning strikes. The lightning would crack across the entire sky, creating lines like cracked earth. Sarrita would discover new patterns and colours every time she witnessed these natural light shows.

The Fred Hollows Foundation Chair Jane Madden says access to eye care in Australia isn’t one-size-fits-all.

“Culture must play a part when it comes to delivering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health care,” Chair Jane Madden said.

“Building a workforce of trained eye health professionals who deliver culturally competent eye care is the only way that Australia can move towards closing the gap in eye health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

“We are so grateful for Specsavers’ support of this important work to make a difference and change lives for our First Nations Peoples.”

Eye and vision problems are the most common long-term health conditions experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, with 1 in 3 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing some form of vision issue.

Currently, it’s estimated that over 18,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over the age of 40 are living with vision impairment or blindness. However, over 90 percent of the eye problems that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults experience are preventable or treatable. It doesn’t have to be this way and Specsavers and The Fred Hollows Foundation are committed to closing the gap in eye health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

“We’re proud to support programs that are addressing some of the key issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples when it comes to improving eye health and vision, and we want the community to come on this journey with us. 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. 

Lightning, 2007

Sarrita King – Gurindji

We can’t thank the community enough for their continued support, but there is still work to be done to close the eye health gap. This years limited edition frames featuring art work by Sarrita King are a great way to contribute to the important work of The Fred Hollows Foundation,” said Specsavers Head of Sustainability Cathy Rennie Matos.

Specsavers is encouraging people help close the eye health gap by coming in-store to purchase the limited edition glasses and sunglasses, with $25 from each pair sold going to The Fred Hollows Foundation to help carry on Fred’s vision and save people’s sight.

You can purchase the limited edition frames in store at Specsavers stores and online from 7 July 2022. Book an appointment by visiting specsavers.com.au/stores.

MEDIA RELEASE

Specsavers and the Fred Hollows foundation join forces again to make indigenous eye care more visible

Specsavers is celebrating the 30-year anniversary of The Fred Hollows Foundation by once again joining forces to make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples eye care more visible. To date, Specsavers has contributed $5 million towards The Foundation’s programs in Australia, with hopes of donating a further $1 million this year.

Specsavers and The Fred Hollows Foundation share a mutual goal of closing the gap in eye health by working collaboratively with communities to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples can access high quality, culturally safe and patient centric eye care, while delivering life changing surgery and treatment to people in remote communities across Australia.

This is the seventh year that Specsavers and The Fred Hollows Foundation have come together to launch limited edition frames to raise awareness and funds for The Foundation, with this year’s frames featuring the artwork of contemporary Aboriginal artist, Sarrita King.

At 32 years old Sarrita King lives in Darwin, N.T where she spent most of her youth. The Northern Territory continues to be the source of much of her creative inspiration along with the stories her father, the late, William King Jungala, shared with her.

The artwork featured on the frames this year is called ‘Lightning’. Representing the memory of the electrical storms in the tropical climate of Darwin where Sarrita spent her youth, this painting captures the subtle beauty within the storm and the way in which the elements gracefully twist and turn between the dramatic lightning strikes. The lightning would crack across the entire sky, creating lines like cracked earth. Sarrita would discover new patterns and colours every time she witnessed these natural light shows.

The Fred Hollows Foundation Chair Jane Madden says access to eye care in Australia isn’t one-size-fits-all.

“Culture must play a part when it comes to delivering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health care,” Chair Jane Madden said.

“Building a workforce of trained eye health professionals who deliver culturally competent eye care is the only way that Australia can move towards closing the gap in eye health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

“We are so grateful for Specsavers’ support of this important work to make a difference and change lives for our First Nations Peoples.”

Eye and vision problems are the most common long-term health conditions experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, with 1 in 3 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing some form of vision issue.

Currently, it’s estimated that over 18,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over the age of 40 are living with vision impairment or blindness. However, over 90 percent of the eye problems that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults experience are preventable or treatable. It doesn’t have to be this way and Specsavers and The Fred Hollows Foundation are committed to closing the gap in eye health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

 

“We’re proud to support programs that are addressing some of the key issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples when it comes to improving eye health and vision, and we want the community to come on this journey with us. 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 is still work to be done to close the eye health gap. This years limited edition frames featuring art work by Sarrita King are a great way to contribute to the important work of The Fred Hollows Foundation,” said Specsavers Head of Sustainability Cathy Rennie Matos.

Specsavers is encouraging people help close the eye health gap by coming in-store to purchase the limited edition glasses and sunglasses, with $25 from each pair sold going to The Fred Hollows Foundation to help carry on Fred’s vision and save people’s sight.

You can purchase the limited edition frames in store at Specsavers stores and online from 7 July 2022. Book an appointment by visiting specsavers.com.au/stores.

Lightning, 2007

Sarrita King – Gurindji

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2 pairs single vision $199

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