Specsavers is pleased to announce that the 2015 Fred Hollows limited edition frames sold out in record time. With $25 from each sale donated to The Fred Hollows Foundation, a total of $100,000 was raised to help ‘Close the Gap’.
In 2014 The Foundation and Specsavers released a limited edition frame containing Aboriginal artist Langaliki Langaliki’s artwork titled ‘Nyinnga’. Langaliki has undergone two cataract operations thanks to The Fred Hollows Foundation, so she knows firsthand the valuable work The Foundation performs.
The frame sold out in record time and raised more than $62,000 for The Foundation as a result. The money raised went towards The Foundation’s Trachoma Elimination Program in the Northern Territory so Specsavers decided to do it all again in 2015 but this time with two limited edition frames.Find out more
In 2015 Specsavers and The Foundation joined forces again to raise funds to help ‘Close the Gap’ on vision loss between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.. The frames featured Langaliki’s artwork ‘Ngayuku Nguara’, which is the artist’s depiction of her country in winter and for the second year the frames were an incredible success and reached the goal of raising $100,000 for The Foundation.
To date, Specsavers has raised more than $1.6 million for The Fred Hollows Foundation through various initiatives, including the Specsavers Community Program.
Funds raised from the initiative will go back into The Foundation’s work in Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are six times more likely than other Australians to go blind and Specsavers and The Foundation would like to close this gap.
“It’s essential that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to good quality eye services,” says The Foundation’s Founding Director, Gabi Hollows. “Four out of five people who are blind don’t need to be. However, as more than a third of Indigenous adults have never had an eye exam, disorders go undiagnosed and Indigenous people are more likely than non-Indigenous people to have poor eye health. That’s why funding is vital,” Gabi added.