As part of their efforts to close the gap on vision loss between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, Specsavers and The Fred Hollows Foundation have again joined forces to launch two limited edition frames featuring the artwork of renowned Aboriginal artist and Gumatj leader, Peter Datjing Burarrwanga.FRED HOLLOWS SUN RX 01
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are three times more likely than other Australians to go blind and Specsavers and The Foundation are working to close this gap.
Each pair sold has raised $25 for The Fred Hollows Foundation to help close the gap in health care outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The project aims to raise $125,000.FRED HOLLOWS 05
Peter Datjing Burarrwanga is an elder, an artist and a teacher and his paintings have been revered around the world. His artwork is a window into a culture that spans generations. But Peter’s work and livelihood were threatened when he started to lose his sight. Peter, who has undergone cataract surgery thanks to The Foundation, has given permission for his work to be transferred to the glasses. Regaining his sight has given him the confidence to continue his beautiful work, support his family and community and keep his culture alive for future generations.
There are two limited-edition frames to choose from, both featuring one of the first stories painted by Peter after having his sight restored through The Foundation’s work. It is called ‘Ganiny and Fog’ and depicts Peter’s homeland Birany Birany, which is located in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, 610km east of Darwin.