Specsavers puts the focus on kids!

United by their passion for helping the community, all 45 Specsavers stores in WA are joining forces to raise money for the Ophthalmology Department at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH). The stores decided to raise money for the Ophthalmology Department after a WA-wide vote on which charity they wanted to support.

Between 1 April and 31 May, stores will be raising money for the hospital’s Ophthalmology Department in store through the Specsavers Community Program local charity donation boxes as well as a variety of other initiatives, including a fundraising day on 24 June, which will see $5 donated from every eye test conducted on the day.

Specsavers WA will also host a charity ball on 8 July, attended by all stores in the state, which will provide another opportunity to raise funds, through an auction and raffle with prizes donated from stores.

The Hospital’s Ophthalmology Department is the only tertiary provider of paediatric eye services in Western Australia. The department services the entire state with 250,000 patient visits each year.  Funds donated will be used to care for children who have been diagnosed with serious eye health conditions.

Denys Pearce, CEO Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation says,

“We are very grateful to the Specsavers Western Australia store partners and the generous support of their customers. Their donations will allow us to make a real and meaningful difference to the lives of children suffering from serious eye health issues.”

Heather Murphy, Head of Public Relations at Specsavers said,

“We are thrilled to give Specsavers customers the opportunity to help us give back to the children’s hospital through the Specsavers Community Program. We donate this money from our own pockets so we want it to go towards something we have a real passion for, which is why all stores in WA decided to choose our charity takeover partner based on a vote. The work the PMH Ophthalmology Department does is indispensable for children who have been diagnosed with serious illness.”

The Hospital’s Ophthalmology Department cares for children ranging from premature babies, up to adolescents age 18.  A wide range of eye conditions are treated including retinopathy of prematurity (an eye disease affecting prematurely born babies), strabismus (misalignment of the eyes), eye complications from juvenile chronic arthritis and diabetes, ocular tumours, cancer treatment, eye injuries and other retinal issues that young children may face.

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