The initial vision of the men and women who founded Perth Eye Hospital has never changed, and profits from the Hospital continue to support vital research, preventative education and training.
In the past decade alone, the Hospital’s charitable foundation, Eye Hospital Foundation, has donated almost $3 million to groups that support blindness prevention and sight-preservation programs.
As a result, says Hospital CEO Andrea LeGuier, thousands of patients around the world now have improved vision.
“We wholly appreciate the difference that good sight brings to a life and the fact that many people around the world don’t have access to quality eye care,” she adds.
Current beneficiaries include Glaucoma Australia to support various research programs; eye clinics in Indonesia run by the John Fawcett Foundation; funding for surgeon training through the East Timor Eye Project; and salaries for nursing staff at St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital. A See and Touch program coordinated by disability services provider, VisAbility, and sponsorship of a Food Rescue van, are just some of the Perth charities to benefit.
The Foundation’s support has been invaluable to Perth Glaucoma Support Group, whose numbers have risen steadily since the sponsorship began, according to its Coordinator, Gaela Hilditch.
“A lot of our members, many of whom are 65 or older, travel long distances by public transport to attend our meetings,” Gaela explains.
“The delightful afternoon teas and support offered – from providing a room for one of our meetings each year, to helping us find knowledgeable guest speakers – makes everyone feel warmly welcomed after all that travel.”
To find out more about the Eye Hospital Foundation or to become a donor, visit pertheyehospital.com.au
Pictured: Gaela Hilditch, Perth Glaucoma Support Group Coordinator