Glasses wearers across Australia can get their hands on a very special piece of wearable art that both gives back and showcases the work of contemporary Aboriginal artist, Rheanna Lotter.
Available in optical or prescription sunglasses styles, the artwork featured on the limited edition glasses entitled ‘Saltwater Dreamin’ is a story about sustainability.
“This painting shows our incredible waterways. We must always remember the importance of caring for them and it’s our job to ensure we maintain and sustain our environment for future generations,” artist Rheanna said.
Rheanna is a proud Yuin nation woman and her business Ngandabaa is where she creates and sells her artwork.
For each limited edition frame sold, $25 will be donated to The Fred Hollows Foundation to ensure that more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples can access high quality eye care and eyewear.
The Foundation’s Director of Program Implementation in Oceania which includes the Indigenous Australia Program, Jaki Adams-Barton, welcomed this latest project. “It’s essential that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have access to good quality eye screening services and glasses,” Jaki said.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are three times more likely to suffer vision loss or blindness than non-Indigenous Australians. At the moment, our mob are going blind simply because the health system is not meeting our eye health needs. The funds raised through the sale of these limited edition frames will go towards funding projects that will help provide eye care through Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, to ensure access to high quality, culturally safe, patient centric eye care services.” Jaki added.
Specsavers Director of Optometry Ben Ashby said we’ve been a proud partner of The Fred Hollows Foundation since 2011 and to date have donated over $3.3 million to support their Indigenous Australia Program, with more than $300,000 raised from the sale of previous limited edition ranges.
“We believe that everyone should have access to quality eye care and we’re passionate about working with The Fred Hollows Foundation to close the gap by improving the delivery of eye health services and improving patient outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. With the sale of each pair of limited edition glasses, we’re investing in the future of eye care for communities that really need it.” Ben added.
Priced from $199 for 2 pairs single vision, the limited edition frames are available now exclusively at Specsavers.