Local stores across Australia support The Fred Hollows Foundation as Specsavers’ national charity partner of choice, through the Specsavers Community Program, along with in store charity fundraising events and through sales of Limited Edition Fred Hollows glasses, the ‘Frames with a Beautiful Vision’.
In 2014 and again in 2015, Specsavers joined forces and with The Fred Hollows Foundation in a special project to help ‘Close the Gap’ on vision loss between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. A limited edition frame was released and $25 from each sale was donated to The Foundation.
The late Aboriginal artist, Langaliki Langaliki gave permission for her work to be transferred to the glasses after she had two cataract operations thanks to The Foundation. Regaining her sight gave Langaliki the confidence to spend time with her family and concentrate on her art before she passed away in mid 2016.
Langaliki's colourful and dramatic style, famous from the Ernabella region where she was from, resonated with Australians and the 2014 Limited Edition Fred Hollows glasses sold out in record time, raising $62,500 for The Foundation. Following that, the 2015 Limited Edition Fred Hollows Foundation sunglasses raised $100,000 for The Foundation. Langaliki's legacy is now living on through the thousands that are given sight-restoring cataract surgery from The Fred Hollows Foundation.
Gabi Hollows, Founding Director at The Fred Hollows Foundation, says the funds are used to help combat debilitating eye conditions among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders such as Trachoma, which is the fourth leading cause of blindness in their community.
“Australia is the only developed country to still have Trachoma. It is a blinding and infectious eye disease that occurs in areas with poor hygiene and living conditions.
The funds donated by Specsavers help make a real impact on how our Aboriginal Community Based Workers combat a disease currently present in 60% of remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The funds have also helped The Foundation perform hundreds of sight-restoring surgeries since the partnership was created five years ago. For that reason The Foundation is incredibly thankful to Specsavers and their ongoing support,” says Gabi.