Specsavers and The Fred Hollows Foundation joined forces on a project to raise funds to help Close the Gap on vision loss between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by donating $25 from each sale of a limited editionframe. The Limited Edition Langaliki frame sold out in record time, with the design and Langaliki’s story resonating strongly in the Australian community.
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Aboriginal artist, Langaliki – who has undergone two cataract operations thanks to The Foundation – gave permission for her work to be transferred to the glasses. The artist lives in Pukatja, 435km south west of Alice Springs, and paints in the colourful and dramatic style for which the Ernabella region is famous. Regaining her sight has given Langaliki the confidence to leave her aged care home to spend time with her family and concentrate on her art. “I just want to get back to my painting”, she said.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are six times more likely than other Australians to go blind, even though their children have better vision than the mainstream population.* The Fred Hollows Foundation’s founding director, Gabi Hollows, welcomed the project. “It’s essential that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to good quality eye services,” she said. “94 per cent of adult vision loss is preventable or treatable, sometimes overnight.” The Fred Hollows Foundation’s founding director, Gabi Hollows, has welcomed the latest project.
“It’s essential that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to good quality eye services,” she said. “94 per cent of adult vision loss is preventable or treatable, sometimes overnight.”
“That’s why funding is vital. Specsavers initiatives like this help us carry out sight restoring work not just here but around the world.” Mrs Hollows added.
Optometrist and Professional Services Director at Specsavers, Peter Larsen said, “In our stores, every pair of glasses sold means a donation to The Foundation via our Specsavers Community Program. So we are delighted to further extend our support to The Foundation via this initiative of a limited edition frame. To date, Specsavers has raised more than $900K for The Foundation in Australia and New Zealand, and we are aiming to reach $1M this year”.
Specsavers thanks all who were involved in seeing this project come to fruition and most importantly, the artist, Langaliki for agreeing to share her story and design with us.
* Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, April 2013. Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision, The University of Melbourne.